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CUC would free up nutrients stuck in the DT and release waste that would make it to your scrubber.

Homemade or purchased scrubber? I don't know about the retail units but in a lot of DIY plans they use that plastic mesh and if it isn't roughed up enough it will take a while for the algae to get a grip and grow on it.
 
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CUC would free up nutrients stuck in the DT and release waste that would make it to your scrubber.

Homemade or purchased scrubber? I don't know about the retail units but in a lot of DIY plans they use that plastic mesh and if it isn't roughed up enough it will take a while for the algae to get a grip and grow on it.
DIY yes I used a whole saw it was new and very sharp. I probably over did it . I have 2 10 x 12 screens but they are only lit on one side.
 

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DIY yes I used a whole saw it was new and very sharp. I probably over did it . I have 2 10 x 12 screens but they are only lit on one side.
What kind of light do you have? I used a DIY one with light on one side and it worked for me alright but I needed a bright light. I tried a CFL first and it did work a little but not awesome. How is the flow too? I initially had my flow up too high I think, I lowered it a bit so it was a more gentle flow and algae grew very fast.
I don't recall ever growing tons of gha in mine. Mostly slime algae but it was fast growing and did the job so I didn't complain.
 
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I am using the 100 watt equivalent led in 3k spectrum x's 2 . That is the same thing I have been getting a brown and red matt with slime. As far as flow 400 to 500 gph on each screen. They are about 10 inches wide.
 
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That's pretty much how it went for me and my DIY scrubber, first few months nothing but brown sludge and after about 3 or 4 months I had to harvest algae every week. Yesterday I pulled close to 3/4 of a pound from it although I now harvest less frequently about every two to three weeks.
Best $30 I spent!!!
 
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You better believe it . It almost makes it fool proof . I stopped doing water changes . Add trace and keep an eye on alk. and cal. ,mag. PH. So far everything looks good. It just has to grow into a bunch of pretty colors.
 
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