With Xtra LEDs for high nutrient water. It Floats Like A Boat! Remove nuisance algae, nitrate and phosphate. Ultivate seaweed for feeding, garden fertilizer, skin wraps, fermenting.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 (once growing thick). 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. The SURF2x (TM) is the world's first floating surface Upflow Algae Scrubber® (also called a UAS®). It is also the first to allow 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 SURF2x 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.
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 SURF2x 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 SURF2x 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 SURF2x 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 SURF2x 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 SURF2x 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 SURF2x 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.
You can also use your laptop power cord if it has the common figure-8 connector. 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 is the Whisper AP 300 from Tetra, which has 2 outlets to match the 2 inlets of the SURF. 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. The LED lid contains 6 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. May need to get a timer. So you can run the LEDs for up to 22 hours per day, which sometimes increases growth. The LEDs never needs replacing. The SURF2x will need to be cleaned ("harvested") every 7 to 10 days or when thick. 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, once it's growing thick. The SURF2x 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. Bought the SURF2x, absolutely love it!Would never run a system without a SantaMonica scrubber again! -- Tannum_Paul on the MASA site. [SURF2x] -- Cristiano Amaral in Brazil. "I see algae scrubbers as the single most significant nutrient exporter you can have" -- Stephen Babcock, The Corner Reef, Columbia, Illinois. [SURF2x is] growing very well.
Love the in sump design. Will probably get another down the road as I increase my bioload. This [SURF2x] is the second scrubber I've bought. Comments about the similar SURF2.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. 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. 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. "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. Translated by Google: 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.The item "SURF2x Algae Turf Scrubber UAS ATS Aquarium Filter Chaeto Reactor Skimmer" is in sale since Wednesday, August 20, 2014. 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.