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Featured Made myself a Cheato reactor

Discussion in 'Tank Mods & DIY' started by MartynIT, Jul 10, 2017.

  1. MartynIT

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    Used an old Deltec fluidised reactor and some led strips.

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    Had a very small amount of cheato last week and its doubled already.

    More pics next week
     
  2. Phil077

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    Saved yourself a lot of money there :clap:
     
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    looking good will be interesting to see how they compare to a proper fudge.

    Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
     
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    What strip lighting did you use?
     
  5. MartynIT

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    these ones WenTop Waterproof Led Strip Lights,SMD 3528 16.4 Ft (5M) 300 LED 60leds/m Cool White Led Lights,TV Backlight,Led Strips,Ribbon Light,Rope Lighting,Kitchen Led Lighting - No Power Supply


    Martyn
     
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    Well done, looks very good mate.
     
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    I have been thinking about doing something similar. Any reason why you went for cool white [MENTION=16397]MartynIT[/MENTION] ?

    Havent seen any comparisons but I was thinking of trying some horticultural lights. Think the UFO sump lights use alot of red light
     
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    how much flow is going through it ?
     
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    got a 600lph pump on it. and the lights are the cheapest i could find and by the looks of it work. so no point trying anything else. lol
     
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    Nice easy build. I would have thought warm white LED's would make the cheato grow even faster.
     
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    [MENTION=16397]MartynIT[/MENTION]
    Could I ask what your nutrient levels at the moment?

    Seriously considering converting a big ass chippypah pellet reactor to one of these. Would help keep my now clean sump and skimmer getting manky again!
     
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    Phosphates and nitrates are 0 very happy
     
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    What was the total cost in the end bud?
     
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    Great upgrade...looks great.

    I was planning on doing something similar...ive the same reactor but running biopelletts so all is need to buy is the lights and that's roughly about the same cost as another refill of biopelletts...

    Biopelletts do their job only thing is that there messy and using algae would be more natural......

    Did you??or anyone else run biopelletts and make the transition to a reactor or scrubber and find any problems doing it????
     
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