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Old 01-23-2012, 05:49 PM   #111
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I bought a 20g brute for RO/DI storage. They're just right, not too big, not too small. Not sure if I missed it yet, but what ATO configuration are you going with?
I was surprised when I found that today. It actually fits on my shelf above too! I think I may get 2 of these in a few weeks and replace the 29g tank. I can daisy chain them and use the float in 1.

ATO... I have another float for the return chamber and I'm just doing a very simple gravity fed 1/4" line from that storage tank. I'm just going to start a siphon and hook it in. Should work in a perfect world right?
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In a perfect world, sure. I'd definitely invest in a float switch and aqualifter at some point though. As unimportant as an ATO seems, if that siphon breaks and you're out for a few days, it could cause some big issues, especially if you have a lot of evap. If you're going to buy a controller, a float switch is just another $25-30, and the aqualifters are only about $15. If you do a standalone ATO, you're looking at about $50 for the switches and then the $15 for the pump. A worthwhile investment for sure, IMHO
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Aren't the odds of the siphon breaking on a 6' drop in a 1/4" tube the same as the float switch dying or a snail getting in it etc... or the aqualifter dying or power being out? I'm not arguing that a switch and pump aren't great setups, I'm just saying, they all have their flaws right?

I would think that a gravity feed system with no electrical parts would have less chance of failing. It's all chance I guess. We'll see how it goes. I work at home, I only travel once a year and all my fiends and family are about a mile from my house in the event their is a failure that week
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Well, sounds like you'll be fine then, especially if you're checking it every day. Not something I can do (or would with a good feeling), but we do travel a lot, and I'm often not home most of the weekend. Looks like you've got a nice build going so far
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Old 01-23-2012, 06:30 PM   #115
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Thank you... That means a lot coming from you!
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whoa I just saw this on CL and I hope they still have it! This will be perfect for the frag tank I'm imagining! I was going to build my own for about $120 but this is $50!

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That would make a great frag tank.
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No answer yet but I'm totally snagging that thing!
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I also just snagged some salt mix, a bag of crushed coral and food for $10. Picking up at noon.
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looking good. 1" pvc diy overflow isnt enough for 900 gph. i remember chatting a little with you back when i was trying to do mine. i think max i got out of mine was 300 +/- gph. no matter what configuration i tried. you may want to double check me before you put it in your tank for its first critical use.
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