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Algae Scrubber Update: SURF2 – 71 weeks | Turbo L2 Rev 3 – 26 weeks


Algae Scrubber Update: SURF2 – 71 weeks | Turbo L2 Rev 3 – 26 weeks

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Algae Scrubber Update: SURF2 – 65 weeks | Turbo L2 Rev 3 – 20 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 – 62 weeks | Turbo L2 Rev 3 – 17 weeks

Algae Scrubber Update: SURF2 – 58 weeks | Turbo L2 Rev 3 – 13 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


Algae Scrubber Update: SURF2 – 54 weeks | Turbo L2 Rev 3 – 9 weeks
SURF2 & Turbo Aquatics L2 algae scrubber update.

Algae Scrubber Update: SURF2 – 49 weeks | Turbo L2 Rev 3 – 4 weeks


Algae scrubber update video: SURF2 – 49 weeks | Turbo L2 Rev 3 – 4 weeks

Algae Scrubber Update: SURF2 – 47 weeks | Turbo L2 Rev 3 – 2 weeks


Algae scrubber update video : SURF2 – 47 weeks | Turbo L2 Rev 3 – 2 weeks

 

Turbo HF/Rev 3 – L2 Algae Scrubber Build


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.

Turbo's Aquatics Algae Scrubber Arrival

It’s always fun to get packages in the mail! Especially when it’s good stuff.

I hate peanuts...

I hate peanuts…

Well wrapped!

Well wrapped!

Turbo's Aquatics - Turbo HF/Rev 3 Algae Scrubber

Finally, the package inside of the package is an algae scrubber.

Turbo's Aquatics Algae Scrubber Accessories

Goodies and useful accessories.

Turbo's Aquatics L2 Rev 3 Algae Scrubber

Pop the top…

Turbo's Aquatics Algae Scrubber Accessories

More goodies and useful accessories.

Turbo's Aquatics Algae Scrubber with MakersLED Heatsink

It’s pretty evident at this point that this is a very well made unit. Lots of thought and energy put into this algae scrubber.

Turbo's Aquatics Algae Scrubber MakersLED Heatsink

I really like the MakersLED heatsink. It’s the same one I used for my LED build.

Turbo's Aquatics LED Board Version 1.0

The LED board inside of the MakersLED heatsink.

Turbo's Aquatics Algae Scrubber Light Wiring

These wiring connector clips work really well. A good solid connection.

Turbo's Aquatics Algae Scrubber Bottom

Since the scrubber is made out of quality materials it’s kind of heavy. I had a difficult time trying to figure out how to incorporate the scrubber into my system. My first thought was to use a 2X6 piece of lumber over my sump and to place the scrubber on top of it. But, I didn’t think wood would hold up very long.

Aquarium Bracket - NDS Spee-D Chennel Drain

After a quick trip to Home Depot I found exactly what I needed. A piece of PVC that could span the Rubbermaid sump, be drilled, and still retain structural integrity. This NDS Spee-D PVC Channel Drain was exactly what I needed! 🙂

A few modifications to the PVC bracket via chop saw...

A few modifications to the PVC bracket via chop saw…

Turbo HF/Rev. 3 Algae Scrubber Installation

Drill a couple holes. Measure PVC drain length and whittle down.

Aquarium Sump PVC Plastic Bracket

Finely tune the bracket’s position.

Aquarium Bracket Drip Rail

In case of leaks I decided to use some silicone and a couple pieces of hose to add a drip rail. This way if the scrubber springs a leak it will run into the sump and not onto the floor.

Fish Tank Algae Scrubber Feed Line

I used the return line from my chiller/UV sterilizer to feed the algae scrubber.

Turbo's Waterfall Algae Scrubber

One last look before I plumb this baby in.

Waterfall Algae Scrubber Feel Side

While installing the feed side of the algae scrubber I ran into a little issue. The spray bar is held in place between the right and left supports. Unfortunately, the feed side support hole was tapped too wide which meant I had to bottom out the support’s threads. When the support was snug it left too much thread inside the box to allow the spray bar to fit in. So I cut the thread back a bit, maybe a little too much. Luckily the extra rubber o-ring included in the order doubled up on the spay bar’s feed end made a good seal.

Installing Waterfall Algae Scrubber

Fit the scrubber into place.

Installing Waterfall Algae Scrubber Plumbing

Firmly connect feed line. I also use electrical tape to cover each hose clamp. I find it doesn’t take long for those clamps to start rusting and looking bad.

Aquarium Sump Algae Scrubber Bracket

Time to twist in the drain pipes and zip tie the filter sock. Both drain pipes run to about 1 inch from the sump’s water level to ensure consistent flow.

Waterfall Algae Scrubber Build DIY

Making sure the spray bar was tight I crossed my fingers and turned to water on. After no leaks I increased that flow until the water almost ran down the overflow.

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.

Turbo's Aquatics Waterfall Turbo HF Revision 3 Algae Scrubber

Add lights and you have a functioning algae scrubber. 🙂

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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


True Percula Clownfish hosting in T. Squamosa Clam

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Fish and Tank Update – 6 Months


6 Month Update

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A True Percula Clownfish and his Giant Squamosa Clam


Reef Aquarium Arch Building


Tonga Branch Reef Tank Arch

Using some BRS coral glue and some two part putty I built this arch out of Tonga branch. It should look pretty nice in the new tank and give the fish something to navigate around. I really want to  build some neat rock structures for the tank this time around.

Green ORA Birdsnest Coral (Seriatopora guttatus)


I really enjoy this green birdsnest in the aquarium but since the move I do not have room. Guess I will have to find a new home for it locally. 😦
Green Birdsnest Coral - Aquacultured, ORA (Seriatopora guttatus)

Cleaning the Aquarium Chiller


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.

1/3 HP Saltwater Aquarium Chiller - Current USA

1/3 HP Current USA Aquarium Chiller w/o case.

1/3 Horse Power Saltwater Aquarium Chiller - Current USA

1/3 HP Reef Aquarium Chiller - Current USA

Fish Room Project Updates


Vortech MP40W ES Pump Placement

I sent my MP40W’s into EcoTech Marine for the “ES” upgrade. The new controller boxes seem to have more wireless range than the old boxes. 🙂 I couldn’t quite span the 90 inch distance before.

Vortech MP40W ES Pump at Night

The pumps look kind of cool at night.

175 Gallon RO Water Storage Container

Filling up the 175 gallon RO storage container. I placed an air stone inside the container for water movement.

Egg Crate substrate base for the Aquarium

I put a layer of egg crate down beneath the sand substrate to keep the rocks off the glass. The cutout is to go around the overflow box.

Tank Update!!!


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.

300 Gallon Saltwater Aquarium - Temp with 90 Gallon Refugium

Temp Saltwater Aquarium - 300 Gallon Rubbermaid Stock Tank

Squamosa Clams in Temp Rubbermaid Stock Tank

Squamosa Clam

Squamosa Clam

LPS Coral, Mushrooms, SPS

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.

Metal Rack 90 Gallon Refugium & Salt Mix Stand

Saltwater Aquarium Sink

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.

Auto Top Off (ATO) 10 Gallon Reservoir Tank

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.

Moving a Large Aquarium with Suction Cups

Strapping down the tank on the trailer

Moving a Saltwater Aquarium

Moving of the Fish Tank

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.

Saltwater Aquarium Plans/Drawings

300 Gallon Saltwater Display Tank in Progress

Saltwater Tank Canopy Doors

(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.

Building a New Home for the Tank


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.

Tearing Down the Tank, Planning a New One


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 Pavona
Green Red Wellsophyllia Brain – Photo
Montipora Cap (Red, Orange, Green, Puple, etc) – Far right – Picture
Doughnut Coral (Scolymia australia) – Video
Etc.

My livestock:

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
etc.

Misc:

Serpant Star
Dolabella Sea Hare – Video
Orange Pincushion Urchin ~ 3″ – Video

Any questions? Send me a message 

Little Squamosa Clam Mantle


A macro view of our smaller clam’s mantle (Squamosa/Squami). I really like this one with all the spots. 🙂

Squamosa (Squami) Clam Mantle - Macro, Saltwater Aquarium

Squamosa (Squami) Clam Mantle, Reef Tank, Giant Clam, Aquarium tank

Squamosa Clams & Radiant Wrasse


Another shot of the Squamosa clams but this time you can see the Radiant Wrasse patrolling his territory for pyramid snails.

 

Squamosa Clam Mantle, Macro, Squami, Reef, Reef Tank

Squamosa Clam, Giant Clam, Saltwater Tank, Reef Tank, Clam, Squami

Squamosa Clam, Radiant Wrasse, Fish, Marine, Reef Clam, Saltwater Clam, Saltwater Tank, Reef Tank

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