Algae Scrubber Update: SURF2 – 62 weeks | Turbo L2 Rev 3 – 17 weeks
Algae Scrubber Update: SURF2 – 71 weeks | Turbo L2 Rev 3 – 26 weeks
Algae Scrubber Update: SURF2 – 65 weeks | Turbo L2 Rev 3 – 20 weeks
Algae Scrubber Update: SURF2 – 62 weeks | Turbo L2 Rev 3 – 17 weeks
Algae Scrubber Update: SURF2 – 58 weeks | Turbo L2 Rev 3 – 13 weeks
Algae Scrubber Update: SURF2 – 54 weeks | Turbo L2 Rev 3 – 9 weeks
SURF2 & Turbo Aquatics L2 algae scrubber update.
Algae scrubber update video: SURF2 – 49 weeks | Turbo L2 Rev 3 – 4 weeks
Algae scrubber update video : SURF2 – 47 weeks | Turbo L2 Rev 3 – 2 weeks
Unable to get my SURF2 algae scrubber from Santa Monica Filtration to produce algae growth, I’ve decided to try an L2 algae scrubber from Turbo’s Aquatics. The purpose of an algae scrubber is to create an environment that out competes the rest of the system for growing algae. As algae is grown and harvested (removed for the system) phosphates and nitrates are also removed from the system as that’s what the algae is feeding on. In this thread I will show you how I installed the Turbo HF/Rev 3 – L2 (two cubes of food per day) algae scrubber on my system. I hope to have far better results with this scrubber than my SURF2.
I must confess, this is the first time I had to look up the instructions. I just wanted to make sure I hooked up the LEDs correctly. I would have felt pretty stupid if I blew them up! Turns out they’re fool proof and I just needed to daisy chain them together. A quick text message to, and quick reply from, Bud Carlson (Owner @ Turbo Aquatic’s) confirmed I was headed in the right direction.
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I will post update videos below so if you are interested please check or visit my YouTube channel.
True Percula Clownfish hosting in T. Squamosa Clam
It’s been 6-8 months since I had the chiller (1/3 HP Current USA) hooked up on the system. I figured I better take the case off and visually check it for leaks and other issues. Turns out there was a small leak in the unit where the temperature probe goes in. Since I’m using an Apex controller now I do not need the temp unit so I pulled it out and sealed it up. Running some H2O through it also flushed out some tube worms that took up residence inside the cooling/UV sterilizing area. Hopefully I won’t have to use the chiller as it has not been needed in the past couple of years.
It’s time for a tank update, lot of stuff happening! I should have probably broke this up into a couple different posts but I’ve not been on the computer much lately and still have lots of work to do.
Here are a couple update photos of the 300 gallon Rubbermaid stock tank acting as the temporary home for our fish. We actually really enjoy watching the fish and corals from above. The clams are very neat to look at too! So far the fish and corals haven’t protested the temp setup.
In the fish room, behind the display tank, I have set up a metal rack to hold the 90 gallon refugium and 90 gallon salt mixing tank. The refugium will go up high and have a drain that drops down into the display tank (to the right). Hopefully the refuge will produce lots of bugs for the fish to eat. 🙂 We’ve also painted everything white in the fish room with Kilz primer, added some can lights, and put in a small sink and hookup for the RO/DI unit.
Just got the ATO (Automatic Top Off) up and running this evening. I used a small pump and a 10 gallon tank for top-off water. I also got my APEX controller back up and running on the temp system.
While building the stand we ran three new lines to the breaker box, one for lights, one for pumps, and one for the refugium area. I’m really happy to have the aquarium system on its own set of breakers.
Moving the display tank…
6 guys, a trailer, suction cups, straps and an hour of grunting we had the tank moved. We think the tank weighs around 600+ lbs. (.5 inch glass with a bit of re-enforcement glass in the bottom). Luckily everything went well although we did bust off a fitting on the bottom for one of the returns. I think I might actually cut out one overflow (right side), deleting the broken return, and rely on my VorTech MP40s to create the majority of the flow/turnover in the tank. Originally I thought I would get a lot of flow from the return pumps (2 – Mag Drive 24s) but that just didn’t happen.
After a bit more thought and my wife’s “Not to scale” disclaimer drawings (lol) we had the stand figured out. Here’s where we are now.
(tops to be installed soon!)
Next time around we should have the tops installed, tank painted and the right side overflow removed… 😉 Time for some sleep.
Well, over the past couple of weeks we have been doing a lot of moving! In the new house I’ve setup a temp system (300 gallon Rubbermaid stock tank + 90 gallon) and started on the new stand/room with help from my good friend Cliff. Every part of moving seems slow and painful. Still living out of boxes and not sure where anything is but the fish project must go on! Here are a few pictures of the progress.
Well I just got the news that we need to move houses this summer… So, that means I need to take our system down.
But, it gives me the opportunity to plan another tank build when we find a new house. This time I will put a tank in a wall and give it its own room.
So, over the next few months I am going to try and sell my coral, livestock, then my tank. If anyone is interested in my livestock or knows someone interested in my 270 display tank (90″ L x 20″ W x 30″ tall)/oak stand/40 sump/.3 HP chiller/ Mag return pumps, please send me a PM. I hope this won’t be a terribly difficult process but something tells me it will be. I plan on keeping my controller, vortechs, refuge, mixing tanks & rock for the next build.
As we all know this is an expensive hobby to get into so please do a little research and shoot me a fair price via private message of the things you are interested in. Everything needs to be picked up (Missoula, MT) as I will not ship.
I would rather remove my coral from the tank first as catching the fish will be an adventure. I have linked to some photos and videos of my corals and fish but more can be found on my reef blog and youtube channel.
Coral: – Video
Hammer Coral (will break into multiples) – Video
Tree/Stick Polyp – Video
(2) Pagoda Turbinaria Coral – Video
Blue Stag Acro – Top right in video – Video
Purple Stag Acro – Below Blue Stag Acro on right – Video
Green Birdsnest – Top left in video – Video
Orange Birdsnest – Top left in video – Video
Deep water acro – Top middle, left of hammer – Video
Encrusting Monti – Photo
Yellow Scroll Coral – Left of hammer – Video
Green Red Wellsophyllia Brain – Photo
Montipora Cap (Red, Orange, Green, Puple, etc) – Far right – Picture
Doughnut Coral (Scolymia australia) – Video
Squamosa Clam ~ 15″ – Video
Squamosa Clam ~ 7″ – Video
Radiant Wrasse (prefer he goes with the clams) ~ 4″ – Video
Zebra Eel ~ 3′ – Video
Radiant Wrasse ~ 4″ – Video
Achilles Tang ~ 5″ – Video
Two Bar Rabbitfish ~ 4″ – Video
True Percula Clownfish ~ 3″ – Video
Marine Betta ~ 6″ – Video
Red Hawkfish ~ 4″ – Video
Mantis Shrimp ~ 6″ – Video
Lyretail Anthias 3 females (orange) & 1 male (red). – Video
Orange Spot Shrimp Goby
Any questions? Send me a message