Algae Scrubber Help!

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  1. landlocked303

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    About two months ago I bought an algae scrubber from Santa Monica filtration (Drop 1.4). I have had it running and am getting ZERO growth except for some nasty slightly brown goo. In my tank however I am getting a very small amount of green hair algae. Any advice on how to get the growth in the scrubber and not on my rocks?
     

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    I was running GFO but was seeing adverse effects on my coral so I stopped running it when I got the algae scrubber. The tank bounced back well but now I'm seeing algae growth on my rocks... and none in my scrubber.
     
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    Ive seen that waterfall scrubbers work much better for some reason. You may want to rub some algae from your rocks on the screen to seed it.
     
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    I may try that although I was under the impression that the scrubber should grow turf algae rather than green hair algae? Too late on the waterfall scrubber... Maybe on the next build!
     
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    Ive not heard that. Probably from walter Adey who invented it. But hair algae is what most grow. Mine grows hair algae quickly.
     
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    Feeding more maybe? Mine (same 1.4 drop) took like 3 months maybe longer to start growing but I feed lightly
     
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    The slime needs to be scrubbed off. I would do that weekly until green growth starts to fill in.
     
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    Scrubbers will usually go thru different stages of algae growth before they will start growing the green turf algae you want
     
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    That's what I started doing. Good old toothbrush and scrubbing!
     
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