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    Scrubber materials

    When figuring out what materials to use for an algae scrubber, don't neglect considering strings... sometimes they can hold on to the most growth, because they are narrow and light can get to all sides of them.
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    silverado61. Rebuilding my 72g bow front and stand.

    Nice DIY of our upflow scrubber design. See how it grows, and I can then recommend improvements if you want.
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    Another deepwater fish

    First sighting for me.
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    when can I add more fish?

    Tank is "new" though. Make sure it's not still cycling.
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    Moving Long Distance

    Good point about just shipping it. Most shippers/friends can hold it until you are there, and ship it to meet you.
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    Sugar dosing experience

    Good time to point out, that sugar is a subset of carbon dosing. You can read up a lot on carbon dosing nowadays; ten years ago it was "new".
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    horseshoe crab

    Copper in the blood is a new one for me. Maybe that's what I have. Anyway, horseshoes at the very least are clumsy and will knock everything over.
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    Mega-Powerful Nitrate and Phosphate Remover Replaces Skimmer, Refugium, Everything

    Advanced Aquarist Feature Article for December 2013: Coral Feeding: An Overview The picture in the article shows that in the 1000 litre test tank: 98% of the food particles go to the skimmer when there are 2 coral colonies 71% of the food particles go to the skimmer when there are 40...
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    Odd couple

    Don't see hard-hosting much.
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    Setting up a new 265 tank, what do I need for wave makers?

    Keep in mind you don't need wavemakers. Just flow.
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    Lowest cost and easiest way to eliminate green hair, bubble, turf and slime algae from your aquarium (hopefully permanently).

    Scrubbers compared to refugiums If you are starting a new tank, then the obvious difference is that a scrubber gives you the option of not having a fuge at all. There are other uses for a sump/fuge of course, but we'll only cover the filtration concerns here. A not-so-obvious difference of...
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    Leave some room behind the rocks for cleaning, unless you won't be cleaning.
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    What kind of coral should I get in my aquarium?

    Could also get an easy low-light monte cap, and let it grow onto the rocks.
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    fifty five gallon predator tank ideas!

    Also I think the eel might become food for those guys.
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    Chaeto Reactors compared to Algae Scrubbers

    Chaeto Reactors compared to Algae Scrubbers, part 3 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...