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Sorry Aaron. Was actually a deal I made with Dave to swap him the 550 for a 150 . Because I think the 150 is a little small for the gfo to turn over properly and still keep it in the reactor.

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Finally got a start(and almost finished) my mixing/awc station. Currently have it running Tao water to rinse barrels on more time even though the chlorine smell is completely gone. The right barrel will be salt and the left barrel just fresh ro/di. I will still use a ten gallon holding container in the house for top off since using kalk. Have only had to fill it about once a week and it has never even come close to running out. Maybe 6 gallons unless I run fan to increase evaporation. As soon as I get the hoses run I will be able to do a manual water change by opening the valve on the rigid tube which will run inside to the sump. And eventually I will be buying a dos module for my apex for an auto water change.

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TrentN   

Do you know where Hall's Hardware is in Milton? Right next door is Chavers Feed and Seed. They quite often have the blue and/or white 55g drums. Most had glycerin, so very easy to clean. They also have the 35g twist top brown feed drums. 

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TrentN   

Another thing mdw if you're thinking about doing a setup like lobstergrabber has get the cheap pumps from Harbor Freight. They are good enough for something like that. I wouldn't put them in a tank cuz they might generate too much heat. But in this usage they are perfect. Why spend $100-$400 on one good external aquarium pump when you can get two(one for backup) that will do the job for under $100.

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mdw2589   

Do you know where Hall's Hardware is in Milton? Right next door is Chavers Feed and Seed. They quite often have the blue and/or white 55g drums. Most had glycerin, so very easy to clean. They also have the 35g twist top brown feed drums.

Awesome! Thanks Trent. Yep I know exactly where that is. I'll have to check them out. It'll give me an excuse to go to Hall's. I love that place.

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I got mine from a guy on Craig's list in fort walton. I think they were twenty bucks. He gets them regularly he said and they just held chlorine which also cleans up easily.

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So the ten percent off Neptune at Bulk Reef Supply was too much for me to pass up.  So I purchased the Dos, the AFS, and a pm1 module.  I set up the pm1 with a ph probe I have had sitting here for four months and placed the ph probe in my saltwater barrel in back yard.  I set the dos up to do automatic water change and currently have it changing out one gallon a day.  If you are considering one of these units I am so far very pleased.  Once I ran the hoses and had it primed the set up took all of two minutes to have my water change programming done through the wizard.  The unit does make a little noise but inside a cabinet it would not be too noticeable.  I have mine mounted in the other room and it is drawing water through twenty feet of tubing both ways with no issues.  The fish love the AFS module.  I have never been great at feeding everyday so for me it was a great buy.  It  is a bit noisy but I have grown to not be bothered by the noise and it makes me look up to watch the fish go crazy for the food.  They have already learned the cycle and when the pumps shut off they are already heading toward the spot the food drops before the feeder even turns on.

 

one other thing I have done.  I have constantly fought ph with this tank.  Very rarely was I able to push it up to 8 and many times it spent it's days at around 7.5.  I noticed that when we opened the house up when the weather first cooled that the ph in the tank immediately jump.  Well while I was running lines for the DOS to move water I ran an additional two lines for air.  I set up a cheapo air pump out by my water barrels that had two outputs.  The two lines are loosely secured over the top of the air intakes on my skimmer.  I didn't want to fit them tightly I case the air pump did not put out enough total air for skimmer or in case it died.  Not only is it cheap but it's been in a box for ten years from an old tank.  I will be looking for a better quality air pump soon because since hooking this up my ph has been solid between 8.1 at low and 8.28 at high.  Very happy with the results.

 

Richard

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drauka   

Good deal,  with the impending move I won't be getting my auto water change going in this house.  If stuff pans out like I believe then I may have a small fish room in the future house where i can setup a very easy auto water change system.

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Bigdog   
Good deal,  with the impending move I won't be getting my auto water change going in this house.  If stuff pans out like I believe then I may have a small fish room in the future house where i can setup a very easy auto water change system.

You staying in the area or moving away?

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ScooterV   

What size lines did you run for the AWC and air?  I have 5 or 6 lines run and not all identified for a particular use yet but used 1/4 RO tubing and already thinking I should have used 3/8 for at least a few.  I suppose down the road it would be easy enough to just tape some new lines to the old and pull them right on through.  Running air is a great idea but 30 feet at 1/4" am thinking I wouldn't have much actually making it.

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I used 1/4 inch RO tubing at about 20 feet. I have an actual air pump pumping air into the two lines. I would like to get a bigger pump(or better) pretty sure this one was one of the brine shrimp cheapo types if you know what I mean. I also used the same for the AWC but that is the size the DOS comes with and uses. I have 3/8 id line running through the wall too for my old water change system which was just gravity fed for the fresh water.


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