DIY Algae Reactor

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I made my own algae reactor and posted the materials needed and build steps here. It is under $100 total (or about $115 with starter chaeto).

LINK: http://reefgiants.com/diy-algae-reactor/

Benefits:
  • Reduction of harmful Nitrates and Phosphates
  • Consumption of excess CO2
  • Acts as a copepod incubator
  • Helps balance pH swings
  • Emulates biological filtration found in nature
  • Can provide many of the same benefits as refugiums for smaller tanks.
I would love feedback as well on what could make it better too and the objective is to helps others who want to make their own. It was fun and easy! Enjoy.

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I used this, (and many other DIY posts here as well) and built mine like this and I have to say it has been a nice success, it has been running for 6 weeks and so far doing great, cheato was not growing a lot at the beginning, but it was able to help lowering nitrates from 60 to 15. The lights I got don't heat a lot, but, I did not completely attached them to the plastic just put some plastic straps to keep it in place.
 
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Why heat shrink wrap instead of the waterproof Gorilla tape I used? I haven't had any problems with the tape, so you got me curious :)
 

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Why heat shrink wrap instead of the waterproof Gorilla tape I used? I haven't had any problems with the tape, so you got me curious :)

Equipment never lasts, at some point it will need maintenance or repair. Tape will degrade faster then de rubber heat shrink. Also the glue in the tape will create a mess when you try and take it off. That's why you will never see a lighting manufacturer use tape, internally or externally. It's cheap as chips, and no seams so better water proofing.
 
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