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Old 02-08-2014, 12:18 AM   #381
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Need advice BEFORE I set up!

My RODI unit had a dual inline TDS meter attached. If I am using it correctly the water going "in" would be the tap water and it reads 7. The water going "out" would be the RODI and it reads 0. I think that alleviates my water as the source of the problem. I'm leaning toward the brute as the source. Do y'all think it will eventually stop leaching silicates or do you recommend a different container for mixing water?
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Old 02-08-2014, 09:36 AM   #382
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I've been using brutes for my water and have never had any issues.
Not sure that is your problem.
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Old 02-08-2014, 09:51 AM   #383
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Need equipment help this weekend! I started a thread over in the equipment section but haven't really arrived at an answer.

During my last water change I took some length off my return tubing...maybe 6-8 inches. Now I think water is returning quicker than it is draining from the DT. The water level is higher. It splashes over the top now and I have to put water in the sump more frequently. The same day my skimmer went nuts and started dumping out water. I had the collection cup set up to drain into a 1 gallon bucket and it filled up/ overflowed in about an hour. I really don't know much about my skimmer and I suspect it has a missing part but I can't help but think all of this is related to the shorter return tube. Do I need to install a ball valve on the return? Is there a way to adjust the overflow in the DT so water drains faster? Is it time for a new skimmer? Now would be the time to do the work. Planning a water change this weekend.
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Old 02-08-2014, 09:55 AM   #384
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This is the reason I add a ball valve to all my return pumps, just in case.
As far as the skimmer, what kind is it? Maybe you just need to adjust it, if you have more water in your tank it stands to reason you have less in the sump which may cause the skimmer to go a bit crazy
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Old 02-08-2014, 10:55 AM   #385
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I'm pretty sure the skimmer needs repair or replacing. I think it is a Venturi style skimmer. From pro clear aquatics. Best I can tell the valve is missing that is supposed to adjust the amount of air that goes in so in this setup it would be same as fully open.

Can you show me a pic of where ball valve goes? I took a look at them at hardware store and not sure what to get. PVC I am assuming?
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Old 02-08-2014, 12:36 PM   #386
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This is how I have my 90g set up. Disregard the ball valave on the left, thats the incoming water and shouldnt have one. lol

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Thanks for the pic...that is not at all what I had in mind! I thought the ball valve would connect directly to the pump somehow.

While I have you: is pvc a better option for the return tubing? I use the clear flexible stuff. Could that be my silicate source?
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I have my ball valve directly on my pump and causes no problems
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I've pretty much gone with flexible hose for my plumbing. Just being lazy I guess. lol
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