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  1. 1 - RAIN2 with 4 lights 1 - RAIN2 with 2 lights 1 - RAIN2 with 1 light 0 - SURF8 (four week ship time) 0 - SURF8x (four week ship time) 2 - SURF4 2 - SURF4x 2 - SURF2 4 - SURF2x 1 - SURF2xx 4 - HOG3 3 - HOG3x 1 - HOG3xx 3 - HOG2 1 - HOG1.3 6 - HOG1 5 - HOG1x 5 - HOG.5 2 - DROP1.4 2 - DROP1.4x 2 - DROP1.2 3 - DROP1.2x 1 - DROP.6 6 - DROP.6x 0 - DROP.2 (temporarily unavailable) 15 - Fusion 700 air pumps 0 - GEM5 set of four grow lights - black 0 - GEM5 set of four grow lights - white 3 - 4x6 Green Grabber Screen (1 mm thick) 3 -- 4x6 Green Grabber Screen (2 mm thick) 12 - 5x7 Green Grabber Screen (1 mm thick) 3 -- 5x7 Green Grabber Screen (2 mm thick) 15 -- 7x7 Green Grabber Screen (1 mm thick) 13 -- 7x7 Green Grabber Screen (2 mm thick) Purchase at: www.Santa-Monica.cc Selection chart: http://algaescrubber.net/WhichOne.jpg
  2. Stock update from Santa Monica Filtration: 0 - RAIN2 with 4 lights 1 - RAIN2 with 2 lights 1 - RAIN2 with 1 light 0 - SURF8 (four week ship time) 0 - SURF8x (four week ship time) 2 - SURF4 1 - SURF4x 2 - SURF2 4 - SURF2x 1 - SURF2xx 4 - HOG3 3 - HOG3x 1 - HOG3xx 3 - HOG2 2 - HOG1.3 13 - HOG1 10 - HOG1x 5 - HOG.5 2 - DROP1.4 2 - DROP1.4x 4 - DROP1.2 3 - DROP1.2x 3 - DROP.6 6 - DROP.6x 0 - DROP.2 (temporarily unavailable) 16 - Fusion 700 air pumps 0 - GEM5 set of four grow lights - black 0 - GEM5 set of four grow lights - white 22 - 4x6 Green Grabber Screen (1 mm thick) 0 -- 4x6 Green Grabber Screen (2 mm thick) 12 - 5x7 Green Grabber Screen (1 mm thick) 3 -- 5x7 Green Grabber Screen (2 mm thick) 15 -- 7x7 Green Grabber Screen (1 mm thick) 1 -- 7x7 Green Grabber Screen (2 mm thick) Purchase at: www.Santa-Monica.cc Selection chart: http://algaescrubber.net/WhichOne.jpg
  3. Stock update from Santa Monica Filtration: 0 - RAIN2 with 4 lights 1 - RAIN2 with 2 lights 1 - RAIN2 with 1 light 0 - SURF8 (four week ship time) 0 - SURF8x (four week ship time) 2 - SURF4 1 - SURF4x 3 - SURF2 4 - SURF2x 1 - SURF2xx 6 - HOG3 3 - HOG3x 1 - HOG3xx 3 - HOG2 1 - HOG1.3 14 - HOG1 14 - HOG1x 6 - HOG.5 2 - DROP1.4 1 - DROP1.4x 7 - DROP1.2 3 - DROP1.2x 4 - DROP.6 6 - DROP.6x 0 - DROP.2 (temporarily unavailable) 10 - Fusion 700 air pumps 1 - GEM5 set of four grow lights - black 0 - GEM5 set of four grow lights - white 85 - 4x6 Green Grabber Screen (1 mm thick) 0 -- 4x6 Green Grabber Screen (2 mm thick) 12 - 5x7 Green Grabber Screen (1 mm thick) 3 -- 5x7 Green Grabber Screen (2 mm thick) 13 -- 7x7 Green Grabber Screen (1 mm thick) 1 -- 7x7 Green Grabber Screen (2 mm thick) Purchase at: www.Santa-Monica.cc Selection chart: http://algaescrubber.net/WhichOne.jpg
  4. Stock update from Santa Monica Filtration: 1 - RAIN2 with 4 lights 0 - RAIN2 with 2 lights 1 - RAIN2 with 1 light 0 - SURF8 (four week ship time) 0 - SURF8x (four week ship time) 2 - SURF4 2 - SURF4x 3 - SURF2 4 - SURF2x 1 - SURF2xx 6 - HOG3 3 - HOG3x 1 - HOG3xx 3 - HOG2 3 - HOG1.3 18 - HOG1 15 - HOG1x 7 - HOG.5 1 - DROP1.4 1 - DROP1.4x 6 - DROP1.2 3 - DROP1.2x 1 - DROP.6 6 - DROP.6x 0 - DROP.2 (temporarily unavailable) 10 - Fusion 700 air pumps 1 - GEM5 set of four grow lights - black 0 - GEM5 set of four grow lights - white 85 - 4x6 Green Grabber Screen (1 mm thick) 0 -- 4x6 Green Grabber Screen (2 mm thick) 12 - 5x7 Green Grabber Screen (1 mm thick) 3 -- 5x7 Green Grabber Screen (2 mm thick) 13 -- 7x7 Green Grabber Screen (1 mm thick) 1 -- 7x7 Green Grabber Screen (2 mm thick) Purchase at: www.Santa-Monica.cc Selection chart: http://algaescrubber.net/WhichOne.jpg
  5. Stock update from Santa Monica Filtration

    Ok this might be a case for dosing nitrate, to see if it helps. Maybe get it to 10 ppm.
  6. Stock update from Santa Monica Filtration

    Yes this one is thick and could use 22 hours of light. If you got a rain unit, you would alternate cleanings. For the non-growing one, what do nutrients measure, and how are the rocks?
  7. Stock update from Santa Monica Filtration

    First stock update of the Happy New Year from Santa Monica Filtration: 0 - RAIN2 with 4 lights 0 - RAIN2 with 2 lights 1 - RAIN2 with 1 light 0 - SURF8 (four week ship time) 0 - SURF8x (four week ship time) 2 - SURF4 1 - SURF4x 4 - SURF2 4 - SURF2x 1 - SURF2xx 7 - HOG3 3 - HOG3x 1 - HOG3xx 2 - HOG2 2 - HOG1.3 20 - HOG1 15 - HOG1x 8 - HOG.5 1 - DROP1.4 1 - DROP1.4x 7 - DROP1.2 5 - DROP1.2x 1 - DROP.6 7 - DROP.6x 0 - DROP.2 (temporarily unavailable) 7 - Fusion 700 air pumps 1 - GEM5 set of four grow lights - black 1 - GEM5 set of four grow lights - white 19 - 4x6 Green Grabber Screen (1 mm thick) 2 -- 4x6 Green Grabber Screen (2 mm thick) 12 - 5x7 Green Grabber Screen (1 mm thick) 3 -- 5x7 Green Grabber Screen (2 mm thick) 2 -- 7x7 Green Grabber Screen (1 mm thick) 0 -- 7x7 Green Grabber Screen (2 mm thick) Purchase at: www.Santa-Monica.cc Selection chart: http://algaescrubber.net/WhichOne.jpg
  8. Stock update from Santa Monica Filtration

    Stock update from Santa Monica Filtration (not Santa Claus)... 1 - RAIN2 with 4 lights 1 - RAIN2 with 2 lights 1 - RAIN2 with 1 light 0 - SURF8 (four week ship time) 0 - SURF8x (four week ship time) 2 - SURF4 2 - SURF4x 5 - SURF2 4 - SURF2x 1 - SURF2xx 7 - HOG3 4 - HOG3x 3 - HOG3xx 2 - HOG2 2 - HOG1.3 20 - HOG1 15 - HOG1x 11 - HOG.5 1 - DROP1.4 1 - DROP1.4x 7 - DROP1.2 6 - DROP1.2x 3 - DROP.6 5 - DROP.6x 0 - DROP.2 (temporarily unavailable) 13 - Fusion 700 air pumps 1 - GEM5 set of four grow lights - black 1 - GEM5 set of four grow lights - white 21 - 4x6 Green Grabber Screen (1 mm thick) 2 -- 4x6 Green Grabber Screen (2 mm thick) 12 - 5x7 Green Grabber Screen (1 mm thick) 3 -- 5x7 Green Grabber Screen (2 mm thick) 7 -- 7x7 Green Grabber Screen (1 mm thick) 0 -- 7x7 Green Grabber Screen (2 mm thick) Purchase at: www.Santa-Monica.cc Selection chart: http://algaescrubber.net/WhichOne.jpg
  9. Reef Gardener fire.

    Yikes!... just donated, and can also donate an algae scrubber when the time is right.
  10. Netflix recommendation

    A lady in the office saw it... loved it.
  11. Some success stories of upflow scrubbers that people built... ReeferMat on the MASC site: "So I decided to build one of these [upflow scrubbers] today. It's huge because all I had was a 12 inch airstone, but I'm hoping that won't matter too much. It cost me less than $20 to build, so if it works that is the best bang for the buck I have ever seen in the war on algae! It has been up and running for 3 months now and I have to say my tank looks a lot better. Every time I clean it it grows a new type of algae, slime, turf, etc... and it grows fast. I would say I have seen a decline in nuisance algae in my tank, but to be honest that would be an understatement.... It has all but eradicated it. Every time I look at the scrubber I can't help but think that all that junk would be growing in my DT" Owenreefin on the PNWMAS site: "The first two months of running this scrubber thing I was convinced I was going to rip it out for the algae growth was dismal, and I figured that my system just couldn't make it work. (I also have algae in my fuge) WELL I WAS WRONG. The thing started to really kick in. So much so that I just conducted my only water change in 2 months and I hardly think it was even necessary. I usually do a change of 30% every 2 weeks. My sand bed has cleared up big time too. With the water change I pulled out a good baseball sized amount of algae off the scrubber, couldn't be happier! I will always be running one of these. I will post pics of its growth next time I change water. Many months from now" Bobba on the scrubber site: "Well, it's been almost 3 weeks with the [upflow scrubber], and 2 with my lone Turbo snail. I am happy to report that I have no Hair Algae left in the tank. No signs of any regrowth of what the snail has eaten either." Clavius on the scrubber site: "I've been running a 500 liter tank now for 5 years. It is very well stocked with SPS, LPS, softies, filter feeders and a modest amount of fish. The nutrients were being kept very low by a combination of a giant skimmer and the ZEOvit method. Off course, this results in very lightly coloured corals, which was my goal. Generally I'm very pleased with the colouring and growth of my corals, and please with my tank in general. But one battle I've always lost: brown algae covering my sandbed. I could not, for the life of me, find what was causing those algae. Not to mention solve it. I've tried many many things to solve it, but up untill recently, without luck. Almost three weeks ago though, I installed a [upflow scrubber]. It was a little experiment that I wanted to do ever since I learned about algae scrubbers. Of course, with the ZEO-method, my nutrients already were really very low. I couldn't measure any NO3 or PO4 with my Salifert test kits. And I never bothered with more expensive kits; unmeasurable should be good enough. I wanted to see if the vitamins and amino acids that the algae scrubber produces would add anything to my reef. And, more importantly, if the algae would consume "something" that the brown algae on my sandbed require. The result in my sandbed is staggering. After only 3 weeks, not a trace of the pesky brown algae is left! An extra benefit, that I didn't expect, is that my lightly coloured corals now all have noticably much more colour. Without getting darker. They seem to glow! I don't know if it is from the vitamins that are released in the water [from the algae scrubber]. Or maybe the ugly brown algae [on the sand] were also covering my corals and that I now finally seeing my uncovered corals! Strangely enough, the algae in my [scrubber] aren't light green, as you would expect with nutrient-poor tanks. But they're a mix of dark brown with red tints here and there. So, I have no idea why that is or how that works. But at this stage I'm just so happy that I really don't care."
  12. Chaeto Reactors compared to Algae Scrubbers

    Chaeto Reactors compared to Algae Scrubbers, part 3 By Santa Monica Filtration Now for nutrients. Nutrients are defined as inorganics, not organics. The word "nutrient" is sometimes confused with "nutrition", and maybe in restaurants the words might mean the same thing, but for aquarists they are totally different. Nutrition food particles are mostly visible, but nutrients are invisible, and for aquariums the nutrients are: Ammonia/ammonium Urea (pee) Nitrite Nitrate Phosphate Iron CO2 Organics: These are food particles, and most of them big enough to see. They can be apples, pellets, nori, baby brine shrimp, flakes, peanut butter, poop, mucus, leaves, twigs, fish eggs, and other types of detritus, all of which are eaten/consumed by some type of organism. Organics are usually very visible when concentrated, and only after the organics get digested by a long chain of animals and bacteria do organics become invisible inorganics (this is called “remineralisation”, because they are now basic minerals once again). Organic food particles (which include waste) can be large, small, or dissolved, and if dissolved in water then the water may be cloudy or clear. For example, if you take mucus and blend it in water, the resulting dissolved organics would be invisible. Natural reefs are very highly loaded with organics, especially at night (sometimes a night diver cannot see his own hand because of the camera light reflecting off of the mass of particles). Lakes even more so, so much that sometimes you cannot see more than a meter underwater in full daylight. Aquarium keepers however tend to want ultra “clear” water, where all the natural food particles are removed from the water. Algal Structure: The structure of algal cells make the algae thick or thin; solid or soft. The thinner the algae is, the more surface area it has, just like small particles of sand have more surface area than larger pebbles do. This increased surface area has more contact with water around it and thus can pull in nutrients faster. And the softer the algae is, the less structural cellulose-like material (like celery) it has. Hard structural cells, like celery, are great for holding a shape but bad for photosynthesis because there are less photosynthetic cells like there are in a leaf; so harder/stiffer algae absorb nutrients slower. Therefore for faster nutrient absorption, you want thin and soft algae. Chaeto: Has a firm structure that holds it's shape, and is about 1 mm in thickness. Nutrient absorption is slow. Green Hair: Has a soft structure that does not hold its shape, and is about 0.1 mm in thickness. Nutrient absorption is fast. Slime: A different category altogether. Light: Photosynthesis does all the nutrient filtering, and it requires light; if the light is reduced, then filtering is reduced. Two facets of algal cells can alter the light: Translucency and self-shading. Translucency is the ability of light to go through a strand of algae; if light can do this, the light can reach cells further inside or on the other side of the strand and do more filtering there. Self-shading is when one strand of algae shades another strand; when this happen to a large degree, the growth of inner portions of a clump of algae slows down or dies, as outer growth is added over it. Thus the clump may appear to be increasing is size but the inner portions will actually be dying and putting nutrients back into the water, sometimes faster than the newer outer layers are taking the nutrients out of the water. And the larger the clump is, the more the inside starts dying. Only the outside portion grows. Chaeto: Non-translucent (opaque), with high shading of other strands. Green Hair: Medium to high translucency, with medium shading. Slime: Low translucency when thick, and high shading. The graphs of the following study show the light-blocking characteristics of chaeto: "Production within dense mats of the filamentous macroalga Chaetomorpha linum in relation to light and nutrient availability" http://www.int-res.com/articles/meps/134/m134p207.pdf Fig 5B shows how, under bright light, chaeto productivity (filtering) drops 72 percent with just 2 cm of chaeto thickness. And this does not take into account any dying chaeto underneath. With green hair algae however, the green hair filaments are very thin, and translucent, so light and water flow spread throughout the algae, thus maximizing filtering. No part of the algae is "on the dark side of the growth" like it is on almost all parts of chaeto.
  13. Stock update from Santa Monica Filtration

    2 - RAIN2 with 4 lights 1 - RAIN2 with 2 lights 1 - RAIN2 with 1 light 0 - SURF8 (four week ship time) 0 - SURF8x (four week ship time) 2 - SURF4 1 - SURF4x 5 - SURF2 4 - SURF2x 2 - SURF2xx 6 - HOG3 4 - HOG3x 3 - HOG3xx 4 - HOG2 3 - HOG1.3 20 - HOG1 15 - HOG1x 11 - HOG.5 2 - DROP1.4 1 - DROP1.4x 6 - DROP1.2 6 - DROP1.2x 4 - DROP.6 3 - DROP.6x 0 - DROP.2 (temporarily unavailable) 14 - Fusion 700 air pumps 1 - GEM5 set of four grow lights - black 1 - GEM5 set of four grow lights - white 21 - 4x6 Green Grabber Screen (1 mm thick) 2 -- 4x6 Green Grabber Screen (2 mm thick) 12 - 5x7 Green Grabber Screen (1 mm thick) 3 -- 5x7 Green Grabber Screen (2 mm thick) 9 -- 7x7 Green Grabber Screen (1 mm thick) 2 -- 7x7 Green Grabber Screen (2 mm thick) Purchase at: www.Santa-Monica.cc Selection chart: http://algaescrubber.net/WhichOne.jpg
  14. Stock update from Santa Monica Filtration

    2 - RAIN2 with 4 lights (1 week ship time) 0 - RAIN2 with 2 lights (1 week ship time) 1 - RAIN2 with 1 light 0 - SURF8 (four week ship time) 0 - SURF8x (four week ship time) 2 - SURF4 2 - SURF4x 6 - SURF2 4 - SURF2x 2 - SURF2xx 7 - HOG3 4 - HOG3x 1 - HOG3xx 4 - HOG2 3 - HOG1.3 17 - HOG1 16 - HOG1x 9 - HOG.5 2 - DROP1.4 1 - DROP1.4x 7 - DROP1.2 5 - DROP1.2x 4 - DROP.6 1 - DROP.6x 0 - DROP.2 (temporarily unavailable) 15 - Fusion 700 air pumps 1 - GEM5 set of four grow lights - black 1 - GEM5 set of four grow lights - white 7 - 4x6 Green Grabber Screen (1 mm thick) 2 -- 4x6 Green Grabber Screen (2 mm thick) 12 - 5x7 Green Grabber Screen (1 mm thick) 3 -- 5x7 Green Grabber Screen (2 mm thick) 3 -- 7x7 Green Grabber Screen (1 mm thick) 2 -- 7x7 Green Grabber Screen (2 mm thick) Purchase at: www.Santa-Monica.cc Selection chart: http://algaescrubber.net/WhichOne.jpg
  15. Stock update from Santa Monica Filtration

    0 - RAIN2 with 4 lights 0 - RAIN2 with 2 lights 1 - RAIN2 with 1 light 0 - SURF8 (four week ship time) 0 - SURF8x (four week ship time) 3 - SURF4 1 - SURF4x 6 - SURF2 5 - SURF2x 2 - SURF2xx 8 - HOG3 1 - HOG3x 1 - HOG3xx 6 - HOG2 3 - HOG1.3 17 - HOG1 16 - HOG1x 11 - HOG.5 3 - DROP1.4 1 - DROP1.4x 7 - DROP1.2 7 - DROP1.2x 5 - DROP.6 3 - DROP.6x 0 - DROP.2 (temporarily unavailable) 17 - Fusion 700 air pumps 1 - GEM5 set of four grow lights - black 1 - GEM5 set of four grow lights - white 7 - 4x6 Green Grabber Screen (1 mm thick) 2 -- 4x6 Green Grabber Screen (2 mm thick) 12 - 5x7 Green Grabber Screen (1 mm thick) 3 -- 5x7 Green Grabber Screen (2 mm thick) 3 -- 7x7 Green Grabber Screen (1 mm thick) 2 -- 7x7 Green Grabber Screen (2 mm thick) Purchase at: www.Santa-Monica.cc Selection chart: http://algaescrubber.net/WhichOne.jpg