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January Meeting

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    The January Meeting will be on the 20th. At this point, it will be at the lower entrance of the Zoo in the usual place. They are doing some construction, so there may be a last minute change. PLEASE KEEP WATCHING FOR ANY CHANGES ! We are doing a D.I.Y. meeting on building an "algae scrubber". We will supply all needed parts "free of charge" (except the pump) to build the unit for those of you that...........
    PRE-REGISTER !!! We may also be doing another D.I.Y. project, but we are still working on the details. There will be enough supplies for any one that does pre-register. This is for paid members only. If you are not a paid member, there is still time to become one and register before the meeting. If you still want to take part, and are not a paid member, you can still come and pay for the parts to build it at the meeting. See you soon, and keep watching for more information. Ty
     
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    How do I pre regester for this?
     
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    Right here! Just reply if you are coming.
     
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    I'll be going!


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    I will be there. What type of pump is needed?
     
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    One of our members is the D.I.Y. builder behind this. I will get more info on that for you. Some people put them in line on your return pump, some run a secondary pump in the sump. I don't think it has to be a very big one.
     
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    I'll be there.
     
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    From what I read the screen size/pump/flow rate/feeding/and lighting all should be sized together accordingly in order to get the best growth


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    Ill be there.
     
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    Who is the member doing this? What type of algae scrubber is it? Can someone post a picture of what you are making? Or an example. I know what an algae scrubber is for and what it does but maybe post a write up for people new to the hobby or that don't understand what it is to decide if they want to make one or not.
     
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    I may or may not be able to make it. I will be gone all day that saturday so i dont know if ill be able to swing friday too.
     
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    I get home that day as usual. If I make it I will just watch then make my own at a later date.
     
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    + 1 I will be there.
     
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    As of now I plan to be there


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    Cool. Hope to see a big turnout !!!
     
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    Anyone?
     
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    An algae scrubber is a natural way of harvesting nutrients out of your tank by creating an ideal place for algae to grow without the use of chemicals, carbon dosing, or water changes. Keep in mind this is not a substitute for never doing water changes again, just nutrient export. The idea is simple, you use light to grow simple forms of algae (unlike the common types found in most refugiums which are more complex and use nutrients much slower) that you harvest weekly and throw out thus removing nitrates and phosphates from your tank water column.

    We will be building a waterfall style algae scrubber. The design itself is very simple and can be expanded or shrunk to fit any size tank and to accommodate how much food you give your tank. I am running one currently split off my main return and am able to collect a decent portion of green algae off of the screen weekly. I have seen other scrubbers running off of small pumps like a maxijet but do not have personal experience with such a setup as mine is just gated off my return. I light mine with CFL bulbs but as with many things in this hobby you can experiment with different color wavelengths and lighting styles to increase the growth and form of algae your scrubber grows.

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    Very cool. My refugium is already jam packed with cheato and i do get the benefits. Sometimes it removes too many nutrients in fact. However, is there any benefit of growing cheato in your refugium AND adding a algae scrubber? I have your classic sump with the fug in the middle chamber so i would have to do one of the other, i cant have both at the moment. I would need 2 chambers to do both im assuming.
     
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    It depends. In my system I've run a skimmer, fuge with chaeto, and an algae scrubber. Sometimes all 3 together, sometimes only 2, and recently just chaeto. Like you were saying, your chaeto sometimes removes too much from your system, so implementing an algae scrubber probably wouldn't benefit you at all. In the case of my system, I was able to balance the effectiveness of a diy skimmer and algae scrubber to make up for the inconsistent skimming from my DIY skimmer. Unless you are looking for change, or having some sort of nutrient issue, then you won't benefit from adding the scrubber. Before my issue with my stand almost falling over, I had chaeto under my scrubber and it was doing well feeding off light. The flow from the scrubber also helped slowly tumble the chaeto.

    That being said, and as Erik and I have talked about before, many people take the opportunity, and find algae scrubbers attractive because they can potentially allow removal of extra equipment. Which ultimately provides the same result as an effective scrubber. Including skimmers, and different types of media reactors.


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    And just for the record, it is mounted or hangs over the center section of your sump. So it takes no actual space away from what you have set up now.
     
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