Lowest cost and easiest way to eliminate green hair, bubble, turf and slime algae

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    Here are some scrubber results I collected:

    "[Scrubber] is working incredible well. Went from constant algae outbreaks (3-4 per year), to no algae at all. 10 yr old 250 gal reef tank, started developing blooms at year 7. Nothing else worked, even breakdown and rebuilds." -- Joe Lopez

    "I recent removed bio-pellets, GFO, and trimmed off a lot of macro algae. Oh yeah, overfeeding now to try and bring up my phosphates. Since removing a bunch of nutrient exporting systems like bio-pellets, GFO, and a second algae scrubber, my [scrubber] has been growing nuts. It's been less then 7 days and I have to remove more. People are surprised when I open up the [scrubber] and show them what I pull out with one hand" -- ReeferEric on the R2R site. pics:

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    "I pull a handful out every week" -- Choff on the R2R site.

    "Everything is working great, got two of them on my system" -- Kenneth Salomon

    Dan Budz:

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    "The [scrubber] is working well" -- JT Powell

    "All I can say about the [scrubber] is WoW. It completely wiped out my severe case of Cyano Bacteria in 4 weeks, it is working like a champ. I was a little skeptical that it would work at first because it's very compact, but I am completely amazed on how great it's working." -- John Quezada

    "My [scrubber] is working great" -- Stefan Kolev

    "Happy to report that the [scrubber] is growing lots of hair algae" -- Kidtango on the R2R site

    "[Scrubber] is growing thick and fast" -- Carl Knowles

    "Boom... 7 days growth from my [scrubber]" -- rdevoe11, pic:

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    Other pics:

    Matthew Coulthard:

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    Nicolay Oganesian:

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    Yuppy Suhandinata:

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    -NP
     
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    Here are some upflow layout designs to give you ideas of what might fit your tank or ability to DIY better:




    Simple upflow screen:
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    Attach to glass:
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    Bubble remover:
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    Attach to glass, with compartment:
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    Attach to glass, small:
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    Hang on back:
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    Collector:
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    Floating:
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    Coming this summer 2016:
    Waterfall algae scrubber
    Version 2

    After I invented the waterfall scrubber in 2008, it's great that so many people got to DIY it, and it's also great that lots of builders/sellers used it as their design up until the current day. It's had over 7 years to gather hobbyists.

    2012 was a good year though, when I introduced the upflow scrubber. It's only had 3 years to gather hobbyists, but offers them what they did not have before: a compact place where they can put a scrubber that does not spill over when it fills up.

    Now that the upflows are established, it's time to do some more work on the waterfalls. They've been unchanged since 2008, and almost every part of them can be improved. So over the next year or two I'll post up the improvements piece by piece. Hopefully the improvements will be useful to all.
     
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    "Algae scrubbers are one of the few, if not the only, nutrient removal systems that give me something back: Growth. It's a no brainer" -- Jim Stime, LA Fishguys

    "I see algae scrubbers as the single most significant nutrient exporter you can have" -- Stephen Babcock, The Corner Reef, Columbia, Illinois, USA

    "I am very happy with my [upflow scrubber] which is working great. I will be [using] more scrubbers for my other 8 tanks" -- Bruce Ashcraft

    "The [floating upflow scrubber] is really useful and highly necessary for my tank. So I really can't be without it for too long" -- Jason Pappin

    "My [tiny upflow scrubber] works great, and I was thinking about another one. The biggest difference I seen was my phosphate level went from 0.11 to 0.03-0.06 range " -- venom on the CR site:

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    "The [upflow scrubber] is producing lots of lovely green algae for me" -- K19RKS on the UR site.

    "Growth from our [upflow scrubber]" -- Alyse Fisher:
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    "Tank is heavily fed and [upflow scrubber] definitely seems to have made an improvement since the algae started growing" -- Jason Oneppo

    "[floating scrubber is] growing very well. Love the in sump design. Will probably do another down the road as I increase my bioload." -- Erik Sulman

    "I'm getting good results from my [2 upflow scrubbers].. It's bringing my phosphate down and starting to get some decent hair algae my tangs love" -- Dane Wilcox

    "WOW! 173grams. Two weeks growth [on the floating scrubber]. We LOVE it! The growth rate of the chaeto in our refugium had been steadily decreasing over the past six weeks or so. Yesterday, it became obvious that the chaeto had started to melt/die-off and needed to be removed from the system" -- Mike&Terry on the R2R site:

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    "There is getting to be some nice looking green hair algae in it" -- Dane Wilcox

    "I clean my [scrubber] once a week. Definitely helped lower my nitrates." -- Nagrom on the MR site

    "I installed a [upflow] ATS in my 3rd chamber with the return pump in my 29 biocube works well for me. My nitrates stay between 5 ppm or lower. Phosphates are usually .04 or lower -- Saltyphish on the R2R site"

    "I didn't really expect much from the [upflow scrubber] and put it in my sump. After about 3 weeks the algae was in abundance and now I have to clean it every 2 weeks" -- Jukeboxjury on the RF site.

    "The [upflow scrubber] is doing really great. The first time it was full of green small rounded shape of algae, feels like jelly, i dont know what that is. The second and third week after that is full of green hair algae. Water parameters are great, with readings from hanna checker and salifert testers" -- Yuppy Suhandinata:

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    "The scrubber is working great! getting a lot of nice growth" -- Mike Buechs

    "I installed a [small upflow scrubber] in my 3rd chamber with the return pump in my 29 biocube, works well for me. My nitrates stay between 5 ppm or lower. Phosphates are usually .04 or lower" -- Saltyphish on the R2R site.

    Other growth pics:

    Damien Kwok:
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    Quy Van:
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    Marlon McNeish:
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    Alanreef on the R2R site:
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    Dark Slime and Black Slime - what it looks like

    Here are some examples of dark slime, and black slime. Usually slime it starts on new scrubbers which have high measurable nutrients in the water, or on small scrubbers on big tanks with lots of rock where the scrubber is not big enough to pull the nutrients out fast enough.

    Notice that some of them have white patches; this is because the slime let go and floated away, leaving white surfaces behind.

    In all cases, just take it to your sink and toothbrush them (without toothpaste) so that you can see the white surfaces again.

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    - C. Smith
     
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    "Algae scrubbers are one of the few, if not the only, nutrient removal systems that give me something back: Growth. It's a no brainer" -- Jim Stime, LA Fishguys

    "I see algae scrubbers as the single most significant nutrient exporter you can have" -- Stephen Babcock, The Corner Reef, Columbia, Illinois, USA

    "I am very happy with my [upflow scrubber] which is working great. I will be [using] more scrubbers for my other 8 tanks" -- Bruce Ashcraft

    "The [floating upflow scrubber] is really useful and highly necessary for my tank. So I really can't be without it for too long" -- Jason Pappin

    "My [tiny upflow scrubber] works great, and I was thinking about another one. The biggest difference I seen was my phosphate level went from 0.11 to 0.03-0.06 range " -- venom on the CR site:

    [​IMG]


    "The [upflow scrubber] is producing lots of lovely green algae for me" -- K19RKS on the UR site.

    "Growth from our [upflow scrubber]" -- Alyse Fisher:
    [​IMG]


    "Tank is heavily fed and [upflow scrubber] definitely seems to have made an improvement since the algae started growing" -- Jason Oneppo

    "[floating scrubber is] growing very well. Love the in sump design. Will probably do another down the road as I increase my bioload." -- Erik Sulman

    "I'm getting good results from my [2 upflow scrubbers].. It's bringing my phosphate down and starting to get some decent hair algae my tangs love" -- Dane Wilcox

    "WOW! 173grams. Two weeks growth [on the floating scrubber]. We LOVE it! The growth rate of the chaeto in our refugium had been steadily decreasing over the past six weeks or so. Yesterday, it became obvious that the chaeto had started to melt/die-off and needed to be removed from the system" -- Mike&Terry on the R2R site:

    [​IMG]


    "There is getting to be some nice looking green hair algae in it" -- Dane Wilcox

    "I clean my [scrubber] once a week. Definitely helped lower my nitrates." -- Nagrom on the MR site

    "I installed a [upflow] ATS in my 3rd chamber with the return pump in my 29 biocube works well for me. My nitrates stay between 5 ppm or lower. Phosphates are usually .04 or lower -- Saltyphish on the R2R site"

    "I didn't really expect much from the [upflow scrubber] and put it in my sump. After about 3 weeks the algae was in abundance and now I have to clean it every 2 weeks" -- Jukeboxjury on the RF site.

    "The [upflow scrubber] is doing really great. The first time it was full of green small rounded shape of algae, feels like jelly, i dont know what that is. The second and third week after that is full of green hair algae. Water parameters are great, with readings from hanna checker and salifert testers" -- Yuppy Suhandinata:

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]


    "The scrubber is working great! getting a lot of nice growth" -- Mike Buechs

    "I installed a [small upflow scrubber] in my 3rd chamber with the return pump in my 29 biocube, works well for me. My nitrates stay between 5 ppm or lower. Phosphates are usually .04 or lower" -- Saltyphish on the R2R site.

    Other growth pics:

    Damien Kwok:
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    Quy Van:
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    Marlon McNeish:
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    Alanreef on the R2R site:
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