- APIS-300 Algae Turf Scrubber - Foursquare Aquatics
Natural Phosphate and Nitrate Control for Reef Tanks up to 500 Gallons!
Algae turf scrubbers are starting to become a more common method of nutrient control, but finding an ATS that works with your setup can be challenging. Not only does it need to be properly sized to handle the bioload, but it also needs to be easily serviceable. The APIS-300 from Foursquare Aquatics represents a true innovation in design, featuring a slide out drawer that minimizes the need for clearance above the scrubber to access and remove the screen, while also eliminating the necessity to disconnect plumbing during maintenance. The slide out drawer contains the screen, allowing you to just pull out the drawer and bring it to the cleaning location, instead of having to lift a dripping screen up and out from the top like traditional waterfall-style turf scrubbers. Foursquare Aquatics created an easy to maintain algae turf scrubber with excellent build quality and the filtering capacity to handle a wide range of bioloads.
- Super safe dual drain system
- No unions or connections to disconnect for maintenance
- Includes textured mesh screen
- Made of strong 1/4" polycarbonate
- Virtually zero light spill
- Easy to clean spray bar
No Unions or Bulkhead to Disconnect for Maintenance
Easily the coolest part of the APIS Algae Turf Scrubber series is the slide-out drawer that houses the mesh screen. The innovative design lets you clean the screen without having to move the main body or disconnect any plumbing on that scrubber. Since access to the screen is through the side, this also minimizes the clearance needed above the scrubber. With the way water drains through the drawer, depending on your flow rate, you may not need to even turn off the water into the scrubber since the drains are built into the main body and not the drawer. The lid of the drawer has provisions to hold the mesh screen directly under the included 3/4" spray bar to create a waterfall of water over the screen.
Fast Growth LED Panels
Dual LED fixtures are housed within the main ATS box, and a sealed partition that is made out of clear polycarbonate lets light enter the scrubber chamber, while almost eliminating excessive light spill that is associated with traditional algae turf scrubbers. Each panel has one-hundred 3 watt LEDs that emit a perfect spectrum for rapid algae growth. Of course the LED panels will generate some heat, however, the APIS scrubbers have openings that allow the included onboard fans to breath keeping the lights cool.
Nitrate and Phosphate Reduction
Algae will consume nitrate and phosphate when it grows, and by providing ideal algae growing conditions, your reef tank's nutrients can easily be managed to the point where you really do not need to worry about them anymore. Another benefit to algae scrubbers is that they create such ideal conditions for algae growth, that algae will actually struggle to grow in your display tank. Between the white mesh screen and having lights with the proper spectrum, algae growth can be accelerated to the point where you may need to reduce your photo-cycle to slow down the nutrient uptake. Depending on your system and bioload, algae may need to be harvested anywhere from once a week to every several weeks.
Dimensions - 16" L x 11" W x 13" H
Algae Screen Dimensions - 12" x 8"
Recommended Tank Volumes - 200 to 500 gallons
Input Bulkhead Size - 3/4" Thread
Drain Bulkhead Size - 1 1/4" Slip
Power Consumption - 100 watts per panel
1x APIS-300 Algae Turf Scrubber Body
1x APIS-300 Drawer
1x APIS-300 Mesh Screen
2x LED Panels
1x Spray Bar
1x 3/4" Input Bulkhead
2x 1 1/4" Drain Bulkheads
Excellent Build By Angrytang on 12/1/2019Angrytang would recommend this product to a friendIt’ll last a lifetime and is exceptionally crafted. My only complaints are the loud light fans and the drawer pull is small and slick. You can put virtually any lights you want in it, which is very nice. The drawer design is worth the large price tag.
Simply amazing By Nick on 11/30/2019Nick would recommend this product to a friendThis thing is simply amazing. I have run 3 other turf scrubbers on my 180 and non have produced these results. I actually have my high part of my pH swing while this is running not when the tank lights are running. I have only been running this for 9 full days and cleaned the screen today for the first time and pulled a kitten ball sized about of algae out of this. The last scrubber I had came offline 11/20 and never produced this mucH.
This thing is a work of art! By Adam G on 8/26/2019Adam G would recommend this product to a friendI have been running this ATS on my 300 gallon reef for 6 months now. All I can say is wow!
First of all the craftsmanship as well as fit and finish are superb. This is important to me. I feel the underside of my stand is just important aesthetically as the reef itself and I take pride in my equipment. This is obviously hand built and it shows.
I feed about 8 cubes of frozen and a half a sheet of Nori a day to keep my 28 fish plump and healthy. I have a mix of SPS and LPS. I pull out handfuls of algae from the large screen on a bi-weekly basis, nitrates and phosphates stay near zero and nuisance algae on the rocks is non existent. I do get a light green film on my front glass that I clean weekly but that is it. Rockwork stays nice and clean.
I think the biggest selling point for me with this scrubber is the ease of maintenance. Every two weeks I clean the screen and reach in and get any algae that’s growing in the box itself. I really like the clear interior acrylic box as it is easy to clean. I just scrape it with an old credit card and rinse with fresh water. The entire maintenance process takes approximately 10 minutes.
I highly recommend this scrubber to anyone. I have tried other brands and have been either disappointed with the quality of the unit or they have been a maintenance nightmare. Recently I have cut my light cycle back from 12 hours to eight hours as I was stripping the tank of both phosphates and nitrates to the point that I was getting white tips on some of my Acropora. This thing has plenty of power to efficiently scrub a 500 gallon tank in my estimation.