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Old 04-20-2009, 09:20 PM   #491
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The pump I'm using is actually what you see on top, the blue and red thing. It's called an aqualifter. It's a vacuum pump, rather than a conventional pump. Regular pumps, like maxijets etc, work too, I just had this laying around. This one is a slow pump, 3 gallons per hour, so it works well in a top off system.

I do not heat the water. It hovers at room temperature, and since I'm adding so little at a time throughout the day the tank heaters can handle it.
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Old 04-20-2009, 10:30 PM   #492
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You can always just skip the electric part and get a float switch that is gravity fed. It looks like Neilan's setup called for a little umf to get the water into his sump. If the bucket could sit higher than the sump that is all you will need.
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Old 04-21-2009, 12:02 AM   #493
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Yes, a gravity feed is another option as well, I just went this route.
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I like your setup neilanh!! How often do you have to fill the bucket with RO?
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Old 04-21-2009, 12:34 AM   #495
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dunno yet, just setup yesterday. Bucket's about 1/2 full, so I'm figuring 2.5g per day.
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On a 5 gal bucket I think thats around about what reef crystals comes in. Not bad at all. I came home today to bubbles in my tank from the water level being low. I have been topping off yet I forgot yesterday so never again. I was a little mad at myself but Im still learning the ins and outs for sure. Nice work.
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Old 04-21-2009, 03:15 PM   #497
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Very nice job! Did you build it from scratch or buy a kit?
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The relay and float switches were bought used from a local WAMAS member for $25. The aqualifter I've had laying around for quite some time, it was originally purchased to be used as my automatic fertilization system on my FW planted tank, but it didn't have the lifting power so I moved to mini-jet 606s for that application and the aqualifters have been consuming space in my garage ever since.
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Does that member offer the relay and float switches for sale? What part number is that relay?
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