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Santa Monica Filtration DROP1.4x Algae Scrubber


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Santa Monica Filtration DROP1.4x Algae Scrubber

Use the DROP1.4x is a drop-in algae scrubbing filtration system that can be used to reduce your glass cleaning and water changes while creating an environment for living micro-animals to grow inside the scrubber. The DROP1.4x is a versatile, 3.5" wide algae scrubber that utilizes an advanced, light-reflecting, rough-textured, and double-sided Green Grabber surface within its growth compartment, allowing for optimal algae growth. The DROP1.4x also includes added strings for saltwater, two power supplies, a longer (1 year) warranty, a higher nutrient absorption capacity, and additional LEDs compared to its predecessor, the DROP1.2, as well as compared to its sister model, the DROP1.4. It is far more powerful than chaeto or refugiums, and does not remove food particles from the aquarium. With the ease of collection and removal this scrubber offers, you can even harvest the algae as food for your fish!

  • Will fit into any size aquarium, sump, and almost all back compartments of all-in-one aquariums
  • Designed with a special plate underneath, which allows for the DROP1.4x to sit at the bottom of your aquarium or sump while blocking sand from entering the filter and keeping red light contained
  • Will run on both 120V and 240V
  • Two power supplies allows a low-power mode, for growth when nutrients are not high
  • Each power supply comes with a 10 ft (300 cm) UL and CE approved power adapter cord with a simple 2-wire U.S. plug, which can easily be modified or swapped with a laptop power supply cord containing a C7 connector
  • Can be used as a stand-alone filter or in conjunction with most other filters
  • Dry-Out proof: Power outages will not affect it since it`s always under water
  • Harvested algae can be used to feed your fish, if desired

  • The DROP1.4x uses low voltage & safe LEDs (No dangerous metal 240/120 volt lights) with double waterproofing to prevent water corrosion
  • Includes six red (660 nm) 3-watt LEDs, which are double sealed in epoxy
  • Two of the LEDs are the Low Power mode, which is one power supply, and four of the LEDs are on the other power supply. When plugged in at the same time, it is at the highest power.
  • Most red light is contained within the unit due to the special plate underneath the filter
  • The LEDs never need replacing
  • GFCI safely plug not included, but recommended and available at any aquarium, hardware, electrical or home improvement store, or online

Additional Features & Info:
  • Utilizes a rough & light-reflecting Green Grabber algal growth attachment surface which accelerates algae growth
  • Upflow scrubber technology prevents overflow risk-- since it is ALL underwater, it can`t overflow onto your floor
  • Has 7 square inches (105 square cm) of extremely rough Green Grabber ® two-sided algal growth surface with ribbon strings
  • Can grow up to 1" (2.5 cm) thick green hair algae
  • Includes a 1 year warranty for replacement or repair
  • Includes 3 ft (90 cm) of vinyl airline, but requires an air pump (a larger pump with two outlets combined into a single outlet is recommended)
  • Needs to be cleaned ("harvested") every 7 to 14 days or when thick with growth
  • Grows well in water with phosphate up to 1.0 ppm
  • Ideal for saltwater systems; not recommended for freshwater

  • Dimensions: 3.25" wide x 6" tall x 2.75" thick front-to-back (8 cm wide x 15 cm tall x 7 cm thick)
  • Recommended Water Level: ~5" (13 cm) of water to operate in
  • LEDs: Six red (660 nm) 3-watt LEDs, which are double sealed in epoxy.
  • Requires a standard air pump, however a larger pump with two outlets combined into a single outlet is preferred
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Santa Monica Filtration DROP1.4x Algae Scrubber

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So if a 1.4 handles 1.4 cubes of frozen food then I would need What size if I feed my seahorses 5 cubes a day?
Asked : Jul 02, 2019
By : Sandee, Portland
If your scrubber is the only filtering, then you would need 3 of them. But 2 is probably fine. Or one of our larger units like a HOG3 or SURF4. If you are waterchanging a lot, or carbon dosing, etc, then 1 is fine.
Answered : Oct 04, 2019
By : SantaMonicaFiltration, Santa Monica, California, USA
Am I to believe the chart indicates that for a 120 gallon salt tank, I need 2 of these scrubbers at $300 each?
120 gallon tank needs TWO scrubbers at $300 each?
Asked : Oct 25, 2017
By : Jack, FL
Another answer, is that it's really based on feeding. Each 1.4x handles 1.4 frozen cubes of food per day.
Answered : Aug 11, 2018
By : SantaMonicaFiltration, Santa Monica, California, USA

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