It Floats Like A Boat! Remove nuisance algae, nitrate and phosphate. Ultivate seaweed for feeding, garden fertilizer, skin wraps, fermenting. Growth pictures on a saltwater reef pond, new out of the box, with no pre-seeding.First five cleanings in saltwater. Next eight cleanings in saltwater. Get the no-overflow advantage of an upflow scrubber: since it is ALL underwater, it can't overflow onto your floor. Finally an aquarium filter that offers drop-in installation, reduction or elimination of water changes and nuisance algae, along with almost no-light and almost no-sound, and possibly most important, one-handed cleaning with no disassembly required. It operates the way the oceans and lakes do, using algae to do all the filtering, and truly can replace all other filters in your aquarium. Is the world's first floating surface Upflow Algae Scrubber. It is also the first Ribbon Scrubber. Which is what allows the algae to be removed from the scrubber with one hand without needing to disassemble anything or take anything to the sink.
Simply lift up the lid and pull the algae out. And you can feed some of the algae to your fish and snails if you want to. This SURF2 floating surface scrubber has over 24 square inches (150 square cm) of extremely rough Green-Grabber. Algal growth surface which can grow up to a 2 (5 cm) thick block of green hair algae.
This is about two full handfuls, and is designed to absorb the nutrients from this much feeding per day. 20 Pinches of flake, or.
20 Square inches (125 square cm) of nori, or. 5.6 grams of pellets. And if you feed more than the above amounts, you can get multiple SURF2 or SURF2x units; multiple units are preferred over one larger unit because you can clean one unit per week, and because you'll always have one unit filtering while the other one starts growing again after a cleaning. Multiple SURF2 or SURF2x units are also good for backup. Note that if you have rocks which are soaked with phosphate from having been in a problem aquarium, each 50 pounds (110 kg) of problem rock will add 1 cube a day to your feeding amounts; so be sure to account for this when choosing a scrubber size.
For example if you feed 1 cube a day, but have 100 pounds of rock that came from a tank with nuisance algae problems, this rock will add 2 cubes a day to your feeding, meaning that you would need a scrubber for 3 cubes a day. This applies even if the rock was dried out and bleached, because this does not remove any nutrients from the rock.
See detailed size guidelines further below. As the bubbles and water enter the growth compartment they rub the algae-attachment ribbons and get blasted by the super-red 660nm LED light.The bubbles then circle round and round inside the growth compartment, rubbing against the ribbons and the Green-Grabber. Super-rough rock-hard attachment textures as the bubbles rise up to the water surface. This repeated rubbing of bubbles causes algae to start growing on the ribbons and textures; freshwater grows thin stringy algae, and saltwater grows thicker, denser algae.
The air then goes out of the top of the unit, quietly and with no salt spray, and the water goes down and out two holes in the bottom, without any bubbles remaining. A few features of the SURF2 provide real usefulness and are available on no other algae scrubber. First, the enclosed growth compartment increases the dwell time of the water and bubbles inside the unit so that they rub the algae many times before leaving the compartment. This actually reduces nutrients (nitrate, phosphate) to a level lower than the outside water, which allows greener growth to occur sooner (lower nutrients grows greener algae) inside the unit, especially in high-nutrient aquarium water. In other words, the SURF2 creates a lower-nutrient ecosystem inside itself which is different from the rest of the water in your aquarium.Also, the position of the air bubble inlets (below the growth) causes the bubbles to flow through the growth no matter how thick the growth gets. This is in contrast to waterfall scrubbers, which mostly flow water on the outside of the growth, leaving the inner layers of growth without flow. Another feature which was highly requested was quiet operation. Since the SURF2 does not touch the aquarium or sump glass, and since it's made of heavy material surrounded by foam, it is by far the quietest algae scrubber ever made, Matter of fact it's almost silent (the air pump is usually louder). The thick and heavy gauge plastic growth container is coated internally by even thicker and heaver Green-Grabber textures, and is surrounded on the outside by 1 of closed cell polyethylene foam.
This stops virtually all sound from going sideways. And the 1/2 thick LED lid is filled with super dense but flexible silicone, which absorbs more sound than a solid structure would, and much more than a non-sealed structure would. Lastly the path that air has to take to get out of the top requires the air to first go sideways towards the foam, and then upwards along the foam; this allows the foam to absorb any remaining sound exactly the way foam absorbs sound in a studio. So while you may hear very muffled bubbling if the filter were next to your bed at night, you will hear nothing if there is any other activity occurring in your house.
Another great feature is the elimination of salt spray (for saltwater). Since the air must come up through the narrow space between the LED lid and the foam, all the salt spray remains in the growth compartment where it is washed away by the water. There sometimes is the occasional bubble that comes out the top, but it's practically nothing compared to waterfall scrubbers.And if the unit does ever need to be "washed", you just push the unit under the water surface for a few seconds and let water flow over the top; no need to take it to the sink. Bubble removal is probably the most-requested feature. Any and all algae scrubbers, whether they are upflow, waterfall or horizontal rivers, all have bubbles which must be removed.
The internal growth compartment of the SURF2 keeps bubbles inside the almost 2 deep internal water level, only letting water out of the two small holes at the bottom after the bubbles have escaped out the top. Thus, no bubbles get into the aquarium or sump water; only a little red light, which gets less as growth gets thicker. And of course the quicker you can grow green algae inside the unit, the quicker you will remove nutrients and nuisance algae from your aquarium, and/or the quicker you can supply fresh green seaweed to your livestock.The Green-Grabber algal growth attachment surface is so rough and prickly that is might be the roughest thing you've ever felt. A cactus might be sharper, but that's about it.
Rough surfaces are critical for allowing algae to attach and grow and thus provide strong absorption of nutrients. The rock-hard protrusions stick straight out 1 to 3 mm.
Previous algae scrubber screens were made from "slippery" plastic canvas that is used for sewing and knitting; algae take a long time to attach to it. Green-Grabber growth surfaces are not plastic at all; instead they are rock hard and have jagged rough edges and points (don't let children play with them).Green-Grabber surfaces are so good at grabbing algae and letting it grow that you may start seeing tiny growth spots within hours, instead of days. And the white color of the Green-Grabber surface reflects as much light as possible, allowing lots of light to reflect back to the algae.
The main advantage of the SURF2 or any algae scrubber is that if you size and operate it properly, it can be the only filter for your tank, even replacing waterchanges. It can, however, also be used with other filters.
Some other filters such as carbon dosing (Zeo, pellets, etc) may slow down the scrubber, but nothing will really "hurt" the scrubber except possibly large amounts of algaecide or copper medications. The SURF2 will run on. And comes with a 10 ft (300 cm) power cord with a U. If you require a different plug you can get an adapter at any local hardware or travel store, or online, or you can cut off the U.Plug and install your own plug from a hardware store. It is a simple 2-wire plug. Comes with 3 ft (90 cm) of dual vinyl airline, but. Requires a 2-outlet air pump. That can pump 5.0 total liters per minute (0.2 cfm), which small low-cost pumps cannot do. Pumps that say they can handle 10 or more airstones, or pumps with 2 tubing attachments instead of one, are best.. You can have as much air as you like, however, 10 lpm pumps are no problem. One powerful pump which works exceptionally well for a low cost is the Fusion 700 from JW Pet, which we sell separately. It is quiet and has two outputs which are adjustable by turning the control knob; the two outputs perfectly match the two air inlets on the SURF2 Another even more powerful and completely silent pump, although more expensive and without a control, is the Whisper 300 from Tetra. The Whisper 150 also works but you will need two of them. Make sure to put any pump above the aquarium so that it will not drain any water if it shuts off. One pump which works well is the Fusion 700 from JW Pet, which we sell here. The LED lid contains 4 red (660 nm) 3-watt LEDs, which are attached to an aluminum heat sink which is painted black to reduce heat; it does get warm. The LEDs will give the aquarium or sump a slight red color at night when the aquarium lights are off, but this will occur less as the scrubber fills with growth.
Need to get a timer. So you can run the LEDs for up to 22 hours per day not 24! The LEDs never needs replacing. The SURF2 will need to be cleaned ("harvested") every 7 to 21 days.
Just lift up the LED lid, grab a handful of algae, and pull it out. You can even feed some to your fish. You do not need to take anything apart, or take anything to your sink. The SURF2 comes with a. We specifically disclaim any and all implied warranties, including but not limited to lost profits, downtime, goodwill, damage to or replacement of other equipment and property, and any costs of recovering animals, plants, tanks or other aquarium related items and/or equipment.
We cannot mark it as "gift". SURF2 size: 6" wide by 8" long by 3 thick (15 cm wide, 20 cm long, 7.5 cm thick).It requires at least 3 (7.5 cm) of water to operate in. [SURF2] I run mine in conjunction w/ a skimmer and cannot run both 24/7 because I cant feed enough to keep at least a little Nitrate in the system for the Acro's -- TDTA1181 on the R2R site. I run one of these and quite like it. Getting similar results to a typical refugium I used to have that was about 6 times the size.
I recent removed bio-pellets, GFO, and trimmed off a lot of macro algae. Oh yeah, overfeeding now to try and bring up my phosphates.
Since removing a bunch of nutrient exporting systems like bio-pellets, GFO, and a second algae scrubber, my Surf2 has been growing nuts. It's been less then 7 days and I have to remove more.
People are surprised when I open up the Surf2 and show them what I pull out with one hand -- ReeferEric on the R2R site. "I see algae scrubbers as the single most significant nutrient exporter you can have" -- Stephen Babcock, The Corner Reef, Columbia, Illinois.The [SURF2] is really useful and highly necessary for my tank. So I really can't be without it for too long -- Jason Pappin. The scrubber is working great! Getting a lot of nice growth in the SURF2 -- Mike Buechs. I stumbled upon [a SURF2] and took a chance ordering one.
They are a really great algae scrubber -- Reeffirstaid on the R2R site. "I pull a handful out every week [SURF2]" -- Choff on the R2R site.
"The [SURF2] has really taken off" -- Reefindownunder on the scrubber site. SURF2 is powered by Fusion 700 and SURF4 is powered by Coralife Super Luft SL-38.
I can grow significant amount of algae in both -- Tomasz Cop pic of SURF2. The [SURF2] at my office is doing great. I would like to order another one for my home tank.
This is one weeks growth, I'm pulling out a lot more turf now it's certainly got a hold on the ribbons and the textured walls of the box. I tested phosphates a couple of days ago on the Hanna checker and it was reading 0. I did the test again because I've never had a 0 reading on this tank.- Blinkyfish on the UR site. It is way oversized for my system but works well.
Just takes a little longer to grow -- Landon on the NTRF site. My SURF2 is doing very very well... I feed 1 cube a day which is enough for the tank, harvest every 14-21 days ish. No algae in display tank.
Zero phosphate and nitrate -- Wesley on the UR site. The [SURF2] is great, works perfectly keeps nutrients low.I still have a bit of bubble algae but it's slowly disappearing. Works well and takes less space than the [waterfall] scrubbers -- Millar on the UR site. "Very happy with the SURF2 so far" -- Juls on the UR site. I used to have so much cheato, I would sell it on RC. Since adding the SURF2, the cheato is just vanishing as the SURF2 grows more and more. The entire middle section of the sump used to be cheato, and as you can see, there is not much left at all. A great product; here's a pic of my growth -- Dexters Reef. Dlstn on the UR site. "Working great" -- Steven Cantor.
I'm very pleased with the quality of the SURF2 - it's superior! "Using it now in my 60 gal freshwater tank where it works well keeping nitrates below 20" -- Andreas Schaefer. I have a surf2 and it is impeccable, it keeps my PO4 zero distributing 3-4 cubes of food per day. The HOG1 it's the same thing on a smaller scale, it depends on the amount of food that you distribute." original: "J'ai un SURF2 du même fabricant et c'est impeccable, ça me maintient les PO4 à zéro en distribuant 3 à 4 cubes de nourritures par jour. Le HOG1 c'est la même chose en plus petit, ça dépend de la quantité de nourriture que tu distribues. After seven months, I test two of the [SURF2 units], I find that in the device it crawling with copepods that eat algae, now I swarming zooplankton and in addition I take a lot of seaweed every week in my devices (APPROXIMATELY 80 gr) and PO4 photometers to a decrease of 0.02 to 0.01 photometers. More I give an amount of algae my surgeons.
Translated from Portuguese by Google: Earlier this year the glass of my [DIY] algae scrubber (Model Basso) broke. Due to lack of time and manual skills, not tinkered with skimmer and was only for a few months. Decided to spend a little and bought SURF2 of Santa Monica, which measures 20cm x 15cm by 15cm x 10cm outside and inside (area for growth of algae).
Model is interesting because it is small and is floating in the sump. With that much space gained by removing the previous ATS.SURF2 installed but a few days after my skimmer pump has gone bad. In two weeks the ATS already started forming algae and I played without skimmer for almost one month, only with ATS. Even then parameters were normal. These are photos from yesterday, two months after installation. Algae that formed in my display during the relax (without ats and skimmer) have gone missing. With the lid closed does not make any noise. You hear only if they get too close -- Luis Iarossi on the IPAQ site. No início do ano a placa de vidro do meu algae scrubber (Modelo Basso) quebrou. Por falta de tempo e habilidades manuais, não consertei e fiquei só com skimmer por alguns meses.
Resolvi gastar um pouco e comprei o Surf2 da Santa Monica, que mede 20cm x 15cm por fora e 15cm x 10cm por dentro (área para crescimento de algas). O modelo é interessante pois é pequeno e fica flutuando no sump. Com isso ganhei muito espaço ao retirar o ATS anterior. Em 01/05/2014 instalei o surf2 mas poucos dias depois meu skimmer deu problema na bomba.Em 2 semanas o ATS já começou a formar algas e eu toquei sem skimmer por quase 1 mês, apenas com o ATS. Até então os parâmetros estavam normais. Essas são fotos de ontem, 2 meses depois de instalado. Já limpei a caixa duas vezes e já estou quase precisando tirar algas novamente. As algas que se formaram no meu display durante o período de relaxo (sem ats e skimmer) já sumiram. Com a tampa fechada não faz barulho algum. Você ouve apenas se chegar muito perto. Which Santa Monica Filtration scrubber do you need? The basic guidelines for our algae scrubbers is based on how much you feed each day: HOG1 for 1 cube a day, SURF2 for 2 cubes a day, etc. However these are just starting points; a lot of your tank filtering is based on your rocks, so their condition plays a part too in what model(s) scrubbers to get, as well as what type of feeding you are doing, and what other filters you will be using. 1 If you are building a reef tank which is new, meaning that the rocks are coming from the ocean or from a low-nutrient tank, and if you will just be feeding the fish sparingly, and if you DO want to have other filters and water changes, then you can just use the cube-feeding recommended sizes of the scrubbers (HOG2 for 2 cubes, etc). 2 If you are building a reef tank which is new as in #1 above, but you DON'T want any other filters or water changes, then double the recommended scrubbing amount in #1 (two HOG1 units for 1 cube a day, etc). This will supply the corals and small fish with the most amounts of food particles.
You don't need to start the tank with all the scrubbers; one is fine for a few months. 3 If you are building a reef tank which is new as in #1 or #2 above, but the rocks are coming a nutrient-problem tank which had measurable phosphate or hair algae problems, then the rocks will be soaked with phosphate and this will supply more phosphate to your new tanks than the feeding will. So double the recommend scrubbing amount.
And if it is a new reef tank with problem rocks AND you don't want other filters or water changes, you would need four times the scrubbing in order to handle the problem rocks and the other filters. 4 If you are adding a scrubber to an existing reef tank, and the tank has no measurable phosphate and no nuisance algae, and if you have other filters and water changes and you DO want to keep them, then you can just use the cube-feeding sizes of the scrubbers (SURF4 for 4 cubes, etc). 5 If you are adding a scrubber to an existing reef tank as in #4 above but you DON'T want to continue using the other filters or water changes, then double the scrubber amount recommend in #4. 6 If you are adding a scrubber to an existing reef tank that has measurable phosphate and green hair nuisance algae on the rocks, and you DO want to continue using other filters and water changes, then you can just use the recommended cube-feeding sizes of the scrubbers. Choose the Xtra-LED version if possible (HOG1x, SURF2x, HOG3), because the higher phosphate in the water needs brighter LED's to make the scrubber grow green.
And if you double the amount of scrubbing (two units instead of one), the problems will clear up twice as fast because there will be twice the amount of algae absorbing the nutrients out of the water. 7 If you are adding a scrubber to an existing reef tank that has measurable phosphate and green hair nuisance algae on the rocks as in #6 above, and you DON'T want to continue using other filters and water changes, then double the amount of scrubbing recommended in #6.
8 If you are adding a scrubber to an existing reef tank that has NO measurable phosphate, but has LOTS of green hair nuisance algae on the rocks, then you need the strongest LEDs possible because the rocks are already full of phosphate, and the algae on the rocks is absorbing this phosphate, meaning you need the strongest scrubbing possible in order to out-compete the algae on the rocks. This is the hardest situation to fix, so you should use as much scrubbing as possible with the strongest LEDs available, and use as many other filters and water changes as possible too, until the algae on the rocks turns yellow and lets go. The item "SURF2 UAS Floating ATS withStrings and Green-Grabber Santa Monica Filtration" is in sale since Sunday, May 26, 2013. This item is in the category "Pet Supplies\Fish & Aquariums\Filters".The seller is "santa-monica-filtration" and is located in Santa Monica, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.