Turf scrubber with no algae

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Hi all, Just ordered a Santa Monica Surf4x algae turf scrubber to manage nitrates and phosphates. I have buildup on the glass requiring scraping once or twice a week, but I’ve never had any hair algae in the tank. Do I need to seed the scrubber with anything?
Tank is about 9mo old
 

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You can try removing the scrubber mesh and give it a roughing up with coarse sandpaper and then of course rinse off the plastic shavings. This helped me get algae to take hold in my scrubber.
 

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Hi all, Just ordered a Santa Monica Surf4x algae turf scrubber to manage nitrates and phosphates. I have buildup on the glass requiring scraping once or twice a week, but I’ve never had any hair algae in the tank. Do I need to seed the scrubber with anything?
Tank is about 9mo old
You can place a piece of chaeto or algae to seed it but you should not have to. Some scrubbers take a few weeks to culture algae but I was not impressed with mine and went to an Ice Cap unit
 

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