Sorry so long, A little history.........I've read and read and read. Sites upon sites, compared and compared and I'm STILL lost.
Waiting for additional adapter for RO
. Bought new faucet for bath so I have hot/cold handles, Gotta install that yet and replace piping under with flex. Gotta take out toilet and cover hole for RO
containers to sit on and I work 12 hour shifts this week. I'm making progress BUT
Been researching powerheads and pumps, but can't figure out the differences and what I need to add. Turning over water ...is that mean taking out of tank and returning or just moving around. I have the Emperor 400 BioWheel, does this count towards that turning over of water. When I first got my tank (literally just the tank), The salesperson was talking with me bout various equipment. She recommended the Fluval 400. I didn't have money at the time so didn't get it just bought the tank with hood/light.
Then I got my stand....All anyone had was black, I wanted oak with shelves.........Ugh, more research says sump UNDER tank. Oh well
I should say dealer name but I am going to because I rely on this stores knowledge. Went to Foster and Smith up north (an hour + drive each way mind you), got live rock, live sand (dry) and ended up walking out with a 550.00 dent in my "purse". In this purchase, because of Dealer Rep, I believed the guy and purchased the Emperor 400 BioWheel and an additional 4-pack box of filters that I'm supposed to replace month and a 25' syphon vacuum hose that I had to take back and get 50' (which still flooded my bathroom). Said I could use tap water. I had no idea bout chlorine and stuff. He never mentioned treating tap water or RO
This has been a nightmare. I don't want to keep RE-DOing.
All this research has me confused. I don't want to toss out my Emperor (be like burning my money).
But now I'm not sure which way I should have gone..Emperor or Fluval or none. Any help because I'm reading bout people not using carbon, people putting live rock in, people using sponges, man I'm now lost.
I plan on having a sump EVENTUALLY, (due to research, chatting here, no clue how or what only that I need one) in a cabinet next to dt but then i read no filters
cause that's the job of the sump. So should I be trying to do an overflow and sump and just be throwing my Emperor in the trash anyway, grrrrrrrrrr.
I want to get power heads or pumps or whatever the heck I need BEFORE I add more water and rock.
I plan on automating eventually too, with a controller of sorts (for water, lights etc) so whatever I do need, it should be capable
of those functions. Am trying to buy what I need as I go along, but I'm looking ahead and trying to buy for the END result, not upgrade every 2 months.
Sorry I vented and rambled, but I don't know how to explain the loss I'm in, and right now I want to get the flows down which means I don't know where the fluval or emperor fit in or how.
Thanks for any help. While I wait for your responses, I'm gonna go try replacing the faucet/piping. I hate plumbing. **** I wish my dog would do the plumbing for me