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Water Changer Update & Mods

Posted 01/14/2012 at 04:47 PM by Aaarrrggg (Aaarrrggg's 144g Half Circle Dream)

ARGH... my reef junkie tendencies are showing again...

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...but before I open the box, I need to do an update.

The LiterMeter has been running for 2 weeks now and I'm very impressed with it. I loooove not having to do manual water changes! (...and the hardwood floor loves it too! Tip for husbands; if you want your wife to sign off on an automatic water changer,...
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Clown release and new Cardinals

Posted 01/05/2012 at 04:28 PM by Aaarrrggg (Aaarrrggg's 144g Half Circle Dream)
Updated 01/05/2012 at 06:23 PM by Aaarrrggg

I've been testing the nitrate and it's finally starting to fall! (20 instead of 30)
I thought I'd celebrate by releasing Guybrush & Marley into the big tank!!

I pulled Marley's beloved faux-nemone out first and placed it on "nem forest to be" pillar. Then I scooped both clowns out. Guybrush proved true to his name and was far more resourceful at eluding capture, but I got him in the end. When I added them to the 144g Marley dove straight into her fake...
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Automatic Water Changer: Part 6

Posted 01/01/2012 at 10:18 PM by Aaarrrggg (Aaarrrggg's 144g Half Circle Dream)

Finally there's the Water eXchange Module (Pump C.) Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of this one before I installed it, but it looks exactly like the previous pump, but with a water lvl sensor (like the top-off control module had.)

This pump sends water from the RO storage tank to the sump. The water lvl sensor tube is in the variable lvl of the sump so when the water reaches the max lvl, the pump shuts down and cannot deliver any more RO until more evaporation occurs....
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Automatic Water Changer: Part 5

Posted 01/01/2012 at 10:15 PM by Aaarrrggg (Aaarrrggg's 144g Half Circle Dream)

Now comes the LiterMeter magic!

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Here's the email Scott at SpectraPure sent me explaining how everything should hook together:

[QUOTE]If you want to do both ATO and water exchange, get the LM3, the TCM, one RPM and one WXM. It would be best if they were all installed under the tank.

See the manual here:
[url]http://spectrapure.com/manuals/PRINTER_FRIENDLY/LiterMeter3J-PF.pdf[/url]...
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Automatic Water Changer: Part 4

Posted 01/01/2012 at 10:12 PM by Aaarrrggg (Aaarrrggg's 144g Half Circle Dream)

Next up was getting the water from the 2 tanks to the aquarium. Both the SW and RO tanks have tubing inside that extends to the bottom.

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The tubing comes out the back of the tops of both tanks and through a hole in the wall

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