Clear Tide's Algae Reactor Owners

OhMatic

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Clear Tide's Algae Reactor Owners
Could you please share your experiences with the use of your algae reactor? What water flow do you use? What have you done/modified to improve its performance?

I have an old algae reactor laying around. I stopped using it due to its non user friendly ways (the build up of algae on the inside tube, etc) and my algae scrubber was pulling soo much more out.

I would like to put the Algae Reactor back to use, but remembering all the wing nuts.... I want it to perform better than what I remember.
Thanks in advance...
 

biecacka

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Curious how these work with clear housings. Obviously like the AARID, just wonder if a clear unit has any downside.

Corey
 

OhMatic

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The only downside I have seen is the light escape...
I like the clear though, easy to see whats going on inside.
I just made a curtain like devise to contain the light when not viewing.
 

ca1ore

Grizzled & Cynical
I built my own and wrapped it with that aluminum ducting tape (not the cloth tape) to keep the light in. That part worked fine, but since I also wrapped the light string around the outside, heat transfer has been problematic. dropping the light down the middle is a better design.
 

OhMatic

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I made a DIY centrally light reactor and the Clear Tide's reactor is centrally light.
I added a fan to the reactors light tube and that fixed the heat issues I was having.
 

wildman926

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I built my own and wrapped it with that aluminum ducting tape (not the cloth tape) to keep the light in. That part worked fine, but since I also wrapped the light string around the outside, heat transfer has been problematic. dropping the light down the middle is a better design.


Dropping the light down the middle induces heat transfer into the water column. That is why I like my build. I also used led lights with aluminum housings for heat transfer away from the reactor.

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OhMatic

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My central lights also have an aluminum "heat sink". I put a fan on the heat sink which blows air down the center of the circular heat sink and back up out the light tube via the outside of the lights/heatsink.
 

Spudsly

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I built my own and wrapped it with that aluminum ducting tape (not the cloth tape) to keep the light in. That part worked fine, but since I also wrapped the light string around the outside, heat transfer has been problematic. dropping the light down the middle is a better design.

How could having the lights on the inside be a better design than outside for radiative heat transfer? I feel like if they are on the outside you have a much larger contact area to disperse heat
 

OhMatic

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I'm not saying one is better than an other. There are many ways to skin a cat.
I opted for inside lights. I get algae growth on the inside of the reactor similar to the display tank but worse cleaning algae off a small internal removeable cylinder is easier for me than cleaning the inside of a bigger cylinder
 
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