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Old 04-09-2017, 9:10 AM   #1
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Macro algae reactor DIY!!

Having some issues with algae growth in my tanks, trying out the latest "fad" solution. DIYed this for just over $200 all in. A fraction of even the cheapest production mode ($450) which is internal and must be placed in sump as such.

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Old 05-13-2017, 9:42 PM   #2
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Old 05-14-2017, 3:40 PM   #3
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Looks great! What are you using to feed the reactor?

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Looks great! What are you using to feed the reactor?
This is being fed by the main return pump via a line split!

Chaeto is growing like mad!

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Looks pretty good. I've been trying to figure out how to DIY something like that out of stuff I've already got, including some of those LEDs.

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Looks pretty good. I've been trying to figure out how to DIY something like that out of stuff I've already got, including some of those LEDs.
This was very easy to do, I just wrapped the LEDs around the housing and used large zip ties to hold it on. Well worth it, algae in tanks has reduced substantially and I am able to feed more heavily now.

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You think that pump is dialed down enough? Lol.


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Is that coralline? the light looks pretty blue, do you think white led's would accelerate your growth?
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Red and blue are better for photosynthesis and plant growth


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The leds I installed on my reactor are 5 (reds) to every 1 (blue).

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The leds I installed on my reactor are 5 (reds) to every 1 (blue).

Same here. All of my research indicated red/blu (heavy red) was optimal.

Also, the coralline algae is quite prolific in my reactor likely due to my consistently high c/alk measurements. I plan to run vinegar through this this every couple of months and scrub off any algae obscuring the chamber body transparency.

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What's the advantage of running an algae reactor over a refugium that is growing the same algae?

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What's the advantage of running an algae reactor over a refugium that is growing the same algae?
It appears to grow substantially faster in the reactor than in the refugium and I am running both at the moment.
Also, it is isolated, external and much easier to deal with

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it appears to grow substantially faster in the reactor than in the refugium and i am running both at the moment.
Also, it is isolated, external and much easier to deal with
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It will also help keep pieces of the macro algae out of the DT.

Once I find the time I'm going to post the info on a diy ATS I made recently. After just over 3 weeks in use it's doing amazingly well. Both sides of the plastic canvas are completely covered in gha.

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I run both the refugium + ATS with great results. A lot less water change. May just give my extra external reactor a try and see how it grows compare to the refugium. Need to order some new phosphate+ nitrate reagents for my Hanna tester so I can compare results. Things have been so crazy busy these days.

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I ran a scrubber previously but prefer this method or nutrient removal for neatness and efficiency.

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