302 Aquatics is a small acrylic manufacturing company based in the USA that has been designing algae scrubbers and custom sumps since 2013. Their custom sump designs come in a range of colors and all their building materials, lights, PVC, and acrylic are all made in the USA.
On top of offering sumps and scrubbers, 302 Aquatics also makes Ato boxes, dosing boxes, custom stands frag tanks and frag racks. Everything is customizable and can be built to fit your tank, sump or home aquarium space.
What is an algae scrubber?
An algae scrubber is added to your aquarium as a water filtering device which uses a light source to grow beneficial algae which in the process removes undesirable chemicals and nutrients from the water. Algae scrubbers mimic natural aquatic ecosystems by using algae to consumes nutrients and CO2.
An algae scrubber works by moving water rapidly over a rough, highly illuminated surface, which causes algae to start growing in large amounts. As the algae grow, they consume nutrients such as nitrate, phosphate, nitrite, ammonia, and ammonium.
The algae scrubber works by allowing algae to grow attached to the filter instead of in the water of an aquarium or pond. This process ‘scrubs’ the water of excess nutrients which can help to reduce the number of nuisance algae like cyanobacteria, slime, bubble and hair algae. These nuisance algae are not to be confused with the desired algae which grow of the algae scrubber.