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01-20-2014 12:35 AM
denske How long do you keep the lights on the scrubber? Ive read salt guys running them 24/7 on their scrubbers. Post a pic of your setup.
01-19-2014 12:02 PM
shrimpcrazy00 so how did u get algae to grow? i want to grow some and feed to my shrimp XD
04-01-2013 05:22 PM
Gold Finger The long green stuff finally kicked in and WOW! within 24 hours it was seversl inches long. That was yesterday, today it can be pulled out in foot long slimy noodles. I am reconsidering allowing the fish to eat it. I bet they have the sense not to eat toxic forms (I will look into it) and think I the one non toxic species will dominate anyway. I am really stoked about my new design. I can't wait to prototype it and am going to apply for a patent too.
03-28-2013 10:28 PM
Gold Finger So why am I doing this if I know that plants export more nutrients? Because I want a compact filter. I have an excellent design in mind for a plant filter and I will build it someday. It will consume more nutrients than anything else possibly could, but it will be both bulky and complex compared to my algae filter. Macro algae (as opposed to green water) is very good at exporting nutrients but is limited by being stuck to a surface in a thin layer where as plants grow in three dimensions. This is both a weakness and a strength. You would have trouble designing a plant filter as small as my algae filter. My algae filter may not be as powerful as a plant filter, in theory, but it can be engineered to produce close enough to the same export rate to be fully effective and, in reality, can be made smaller than a plant filter. Smaller tech is better tech, IMO.
03-28-2013 07:19 PM
Gold Finger Toms post gave me a lot to think about. My algae is growing as we'll as expected but I am going back to the drawing board with the design in order to increase production rates . Emergent or floating Plants outperform algae and a plant filter is a better choice for an easy way to export nutrients but algae has certain qualities which make it better suited to certain applications. I will post more when I get to a real keyboard.
03-28-2013 02:12 PM
dprais1 ????? update
03-22-2013 06:57 AM
Kinection Looks like the algae that covers the rocks in my turtle tank.
03-22-2013 03:00 AM
Gold Finger
03-22-2013 02:45 AM
Gold Finger Unfortunately I was hasty and didn't test my nitrates before it was up and growing, but they were always accumulating and are gone now. I will stop and restart with proper testing sooner or later. Let me see about getting some pics...
03-22-2013 02:41 AM
dprais1 How is your Nitrates tracking? and some pics would be cool
03-22-2013 01:45 AM
Gold Finger I must say that watching tis stuff grow is very interesting. It is very different every day. People who like "pearling" would be surprised. It is often almost completely covered in large O2 bubbles. I may have to be careful about O2 oversaturation. I read that ~110% can kill fish by giving them a stroke via O2 bubbles passing through the gills. Gassing O2 out and CO2 in is my main question right now.
03-22-2013 01:41 AM
Gold Finger To control Nitrates. But I am open to discovering whatever applications may exist. I was led to believe ATS could control tank algae but now think that is inaccurate.
03-22-2013 01:36 AM
dprais1 subscribed. are you doing this to control nitrates or to control algae in the tank itself
03-21-2013 04:50 PM
Gold Finger The device may well benefit from a mechanism which allows for the water depth to be adjusted.perhaps via a vertically sliding drain pipe serving as an overflow dam.
03-21-2013 04:30 PM
Gold Finger if it is due to the lower light the difference is about 1/4 inch further away from the light, so the light is indeed dropping off very drastically in short distances from the bulb as i was advised it would. A very small margin of height adjustment capacity built into the unit would suffice for fine tuning light levels.
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