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Big Country

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  1. I just used a normal black aquarium bulkhead from brs. Had to trim off one edge to make it fit the space. No problem in 9 yrs
  2. I removed mine that wouldn't stop dripping and replaced with 1.5" bulkhead in the 100g rubbermaid
  3. Dont know if they fit red sea or not but these are ones i use http://www.filterbag.com/PONG100P4P-p845.html
  4. I just recently placed my first order with saltwateraquarium .com, almost every order has shipped from Gettysburg, PA and arrived in 2 days. Keep up the great work and thank you for sponsoring WAMAS
  5. When temp probes fail they either read really low or really high values. I wrote a statement If Temp<60 htr off, if temp >82 light off and fan on. If you run a chiller I'd write a statement of if temp>85 then chiller off
  6. Yeah, I just had to download a app to resize the image to get it small enough to post. Maybe I'll post more pictures now. I do need to get the polyp labs lenses out and try them to try and clean up the color of the pictures though. They always look either washed out or blue.
  7. I would but I havent figured out how to post pictures on this site easily
  8. I agree, John at BRK has bailed me out twice when I have had temperature probes go bad on my ACIII controller and things go nuts. It was a long drive both times from Germantown and BWI airport areas but he was the nearest Neptune dealer with a probe in stock. I keep a spare in my cabinet now. Taught me to put in safety statements into my programming and buy a spare temp probe just in case.
  9. I think you can use RO tubing if you cant find the micro airline. I know HOT. has the micro airline
  10. Having just set up a tank with a Reef Savvy Shadow overflow, I found it amazing how much quieter this tank is than my old tank and how much larger the tank is without those big internal overflow boxes.
  11. Yeah, I thought about just taking a bus bar from my old boat, cutting the minidin8 plug off of my Avast ATO and wiring it up as a homemade breakout box with bigger screws for my old eyes. I do like the breakout box that Avast built but it looks like it is no longer available I would have to cut the I/O plug off of my Avast Marine ATO anyway, I'm assuming that there are only 2 wires in the ATO, and hook it to the breakout box so I have that I/O port open on the Apex
  12. I'm just setting up a Apex Classic to replace my old ACIII and looking into using the Apex to actually control more functions of my tank. I am running a Jebao DP4 dosing pump and made my own dosing containers from kitchen containers I bought at Walmart and put a murlock fitting in the lids. I see low profile 2L Kamoer dosing containers on BRS that have a float switch in them, they are designed to directly plug into the Kamoer doser. For the $14.99 they charge for the containers it's not really cost effective to DIY something with a float switch Got me to thinking, can I get a breakout box for the Apex to wire these float switches to so that the Apex can tell me when I'm getting low on additives?
  13. I've used 4x4 Tumbled Marble tiles in my tank
  14. Any thoughts on using this pipe for drain? I'm going to Lowe's and Home Depot this weekend to pick up plumbing and lumber to get the new build started
  15. Can you use grey SCH40 electrical conduit for a drain on an aquarium? It says SCH 40 right on it and Im not using it for return just drain For some reason the white Charlotte SCH40 pipe will not fit the fittings on my shadow overflow. HD sells JM Eagle white SCH 40 that fits for some reason, its just a touch smaller.
  16. One of my old skimmers the venturi would get clogged. Get a cup of hot water and put the airline into the hot water to let it suck through the venturi, will usually clear them out
  17. Guess I will answer some of my own questions at this point since it's up and running to help someone in the future. 1. Probably should have since for some reason one of the pumps drips occasionally, will give it a couple more days to seal up with salt before I worry about draining the skimmer and trying to reseat the bottom seal of the pump. 2. Not necessary to glue the pipe it fits tight enough to not leak since it's not pressure 2a. I just put the metric/US adapter in the bottom of the elbow 3. Doesn't seem to need one but I do notice some vibration in the pipe, will keep an eye on it 4. Not a problem 5. Not sure, it's currently underwater, less splashing but suspect the little backpressure is causing the vibration in the pipe
  18. I recently purchased a Skimz SM252 external skimmer for a new build. Decided to go ahead and hook up skimmer now instead of waiting. I intend to set the skimmer on a table built around/above my 100g Rubbermaid sump As to questions: 1. Should I put the skimmer inside of a container just in case it leaks and run an emergency tube into the sump? 2. Should I glue the return piping coming out of the stand pipe on the skimmer? 2a. If I should glue it, should I place the metric/US adapter into the standpipe where it comes out of the skimmer or use the 50mm pipe that came with the skimmer to bring it out to the elbow and put the adapter in the bottom of the elbow to continue down to the sump with 1.5" PVC pipe? 3. Do I need an air intake vent on the return piping going back to the sump? I saw some pictures of Reef Octopus 6000 EXT with a air intake that went higher than the skimmer in the return line but none of the pictures in the instructions or on the Skimz website show or say to vent the return like that. 4. It's going to be about a 3 foot drop from the skimmer to the sump water level. Is this a problem? 5. Should the end of the return piping be underwater in the sump? Or above water?
  19. I think what they are saying is: Roll the dry salt bucket around to make sure the crystal salt is mixed up before you mix it into your water to make sure that the salt hasn't separated in the bucket and stays well blended.
  20. I would test the water after it comes out of the membrane before it go to the DI and see. Chances are that it needs a new membrane
  21. With a 0.5 Micron carbon block you would be fine with the 1 Micron Prefilter, the prefilter will filter out solids down to 1 micron and then the carbon block will take out between 1 micron and 0.5 micron. You could run a second carbon cartridge instead of the silica buster. I've been using the AirWaterIce Typhoon III for years with their standard 10, 5, 1 filter array
  22. What is the micron rating of your prefilter. If you are running a 0.5 micron pre-sediment filter then nothing smaller than 0.5 micron is getting to your sediment filter. Would tend to clog the pre sediment filter and have your sediment filter not really doing much. I run a 10 micron sediment filter, 5 micron carbon, 1 micron carbon. Have never tried a silica filter
  23. CTE Aquatics in Timonium, MD just set up a QT system recently
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