For removal of phosphate and nitrate from Marine and Freshwater systems.
This algae reactor is a purpose built device for the successful culture of Chaetomorpha (Marine) and Hortwort or similar (Freshwater) to remove phosphate and nitrate from your aquatic system.
The LED lighting is provided and secured to an anodised aluminum heatsink rod, for effective heat distrubution, all contained in a quartz sleeve.
Light pollution is kept to a minimum with the use of a removable white pvc sleeve over an acrylic body. A viewing window is situated on the body for ease of viewing algae growth.
Algae can be tied to the adjustable media trays if required.
Algae reactor, Media trays x 2, LED lighting, pvc unions (inlet and outlets), control valve, 12v adapter.
12v adapter comes supplied with plug to fit customers country plug socket... ie EU, USA etc.
When it comes to the LEDs supplied, you have a choice of either Red/ Blue (Red 625-660nm; Blue: 450-465nm) or Full Daylight Spectrum.
On ordering an algae reactor send a covering email about which LED light you would like supplied.
They can be placed in cabinet.. in or out of the sump.. or whatever suits your setup.
Algae Capacity: 3 litre
Power Consumption : 15w
Column Dia: 150
Hosetail Dia: 12 or 16mm.
On purchase, please state size of hostail required.
Pump Requirement : 500lph - 800lph.
1. Locate the power supply, power cable, and LED array. Plug the male end of the power supply into the female on the LED holder.
2. Plug in and ensure that the power supply is not close to an open water source and is protected from any water spray.
3. Add power. Check that all the LEDs light work correctly. Once checked, turn off power
4. Plumb your reactor into a pump, adding control valve inline.
5. Open the reactor and add Chaetomorpha algae... a handfull or two will be fine.
6. Offer lid, checking no debris or algae strands are sitting on the flange gasket.
7. Tighten nuts, remembering not to over tighten as this will cause stripping of the thread.
8. Connect piping to the output fitting on the lid and the inlet on the base.. run piping to the supply pump. Remember to add conrol valve inline from the supply pump. Ensure that the plumbing is secure and that there are no blockages.
9. Close valve and turn on the flow to reactor and open slowy and check for leaks.
10. Add power to the LEDs.
The reactor should be on a "reverse daylight" schedule from that of your display aquarium. It is best if your reactor turns on 1 hour before the display tank lights turn off, and remains on 1 hour after they turn off. Be sure to plug the power supply into the timer or appropriate socket of your controller.
Changing the supplied Led's
1. Turn off power to the led's and remove power adapter from the Led Holder.
2. remove the leds strip form the bottom of the led holder... this is only super glued in place and can be removed with a sharp blade. Now unravel the led strip.
3 Looking now at the holder head, use a sharp blade to cut the silicone tags holding the two parts the head together.
Once cut slowly pull and seperate the two parts. This should now revival the wring and plug connector.
4. Unscrew the wires using a small philips screw driver. Now pull the led wiring down and out the small hole in the led holder downpipe.
5. Reverse this process to add new Led of choice.
6. We would recommend you tag a small amount of silicone to hold the holder together.. so easy to remove again in the future.
When fitting higher output leds you may need to upgrade the 12v adapter. Check the manufacturers recommendations for a guide to whaich is needed.
A360 maintenance to be done every week or two.
1. Turn off the power to the feed pump and light and let the water drain from the reactor.
2. Remove the lid and light assembly and empty the Chaetomorpha into a container, add to this enough tank water to submerge the algae. Rinse the algae in the bucket by plunging it up and down. This will dislodge the bacterial film growing on the algae surface. Discard the water from the bucket and remove up to a third of the algae and dispose of it. Stretch the remaining algae so that when it is placed back in the reactor it fills the tube as much as possible.
3. Refit lid and reconnect the pump and light and turn back on. It is recommended minimum of 8hrs of darkness for the algae reactor... 24 hour lighting will stress the algae and not increase the growth rate.
The nitrogen supplement and Iron/Manganese solution can be used in this system.
The Iron Manganese solution should be dosed on a regular basis. Iron is not easily tested for and will precipitate out rapidly, but it is necessary for the health of your algae growth.
We recommend 1 drop per 40 litres daily.