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SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Week 36


36 weeks into running the SURF2 and I’m losing faith. For 9 weeks the GFO in the system has been removed. There are hints of success as algae starts to grow in the box but then it regresses. HELP! If anyone has had a great experience with the SURF2 please let me in on your secrets to success!

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SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Week 30


SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Week 30

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SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Week 27


SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Week 27

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SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Week 23


SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Week 23

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SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Week 16


SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Week 16

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SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Week 15


SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Week 15

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SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Week 14


SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Week 14

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SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Week 13


SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Week 13

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SURF2 Update (12 wk) & Aquarium Update (8.5 mo)


SURF2 Update (12 weeks) & Aquarium Update (8.5 mo)


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SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Day 77 (11 Weeks)


SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Day 77 (11 Weeks)


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SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Day 70 (10 Weeks)


SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Day 70 (10 Weeks)


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SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Day 54


SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Day 54

 

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SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Day 32


SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Day 32

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SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Day 21


SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Day 21

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SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Day 16


SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Day 16

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SURF2 Algae Scrubber Update – Day 8


Day 8 Update. SURF2 algae scrubber from Santa Monica Filtration in my 90 gallon refugium.

 

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SURF2 Algae Scrubber Installation – Day 1


An easy installation! Now to sit and wait.

Santa Monica SURF2 Algae Scrubber Review


In an effort to reduce green hair algae in my saltwater aquarium, and to help water quality, I’ve decided to add an algae scrubber to the system. After watching a few YouTube videos (at the bottom) I was sold. So, after looking at my feeding program I decide to purchase a SURF2 Algae Scrubber for Santa Monica Filtration. This small unit was not cheap at $299 + shipping but I think it will be a great long-term addition to the system.  After picking up the unit today from the post office I’m happy to see that the scrubber seems to be built for the long run. 🙂 The construction of the floating growth container is very solid and the lid is nice and heavy. Not sure why I assume quality with a product’s weight but I’ll go with it. After a few weeks of cycling we should see some green stuff! Here area  few photos I took of the SURF2:

Santa Monica SURF2 floating surface Ribbon Scrubber with Green Grabber surfaces - 2 cubes feeding per day

Unpacking my SURF2 algae scrubber from Santa Monica Filtration.

Santa Monica Surf2 Algae Scrubber Super-Red 660nm LED lid

Here’s what the bottom of the SURF2 algae scrubber looks like. This side shines down on the algae in the floating growth container.

Santa Monica Surf2 Algae Scrubber Super-Red 660nm LED lid

The LEDs that light this unit are really bright! As you can see there are four super-red 660nm LEDs to get the job done.

Santa Monica Surf2 Algae Scrubber Growth Box

Here’s where the magic happens! This evening I will “seed” the growth compartment by rubbing some green hair algae on the inside of the box. The idea is to get a good culture on the sides of the box and harvest the algae that grows on the strings. It should take about a week to cycle the box and another couple of weeks before it’s time to harvest the algae.

Santa Monica SURF2 Algae Scrubber Growth Box with Green-Grabber Surface

The “Green-Grabber” side wall material of the SURF2 provides a lot of places where algae spores can populate. This surface seems to be very durable!

Santa Monica SURF2 Box Air Line Openings

The bottom of the SURF2 has a few openings to allow air to be pumped in. The air helps oxygenate the algae and move water in and out of the unit.

Santa Monica SURF2 floating surface Ribbon Scrubber

The LED lid sits nice and snug over the top of the growth box. I think I might float this unit right in my refugium.

Santa Monica SURF2 Algae Scrubber Instructions

I thought it was kind of interesting that the LEDs need to be turned off for at least 2 hours a day, make sense though. I will be using an open outlet on my APEX controller to program a light schedule. The instruction included with the unit provide some very useful insight on how to finely tune in the scrubber’s algae production via the trouble shooting section.

Fusion Air Pump - Model 700 - for SURF2 Algae Scrubber

The folks at Santa Monica Filtration recommended using a Fusion aquarium air pump (model 700) to supply the air to the unit. An air pump is not included so I picked up two (one for a backup).


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