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Old 01/14/2020, 09:20 PM   #1
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Dosing pump

Looking for recommendations on a good dosing pump setup. Iím waiting to dose calcium, alk, and magnesium. I donít have any type of controller so a programmable setup would be preferable.

She canna take the current captn, she's gonna blow!!

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Old 01/14/2020, 10:30 PM   #2
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People have reported good luck with a lot of pumps, including the BRS pumps. I have used MasterFlex pumps, but I got them secondhand through another reefer. They are expensive when new.

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Old 01/15/2020, 08:26 PM   #3
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I use BRS and a dual outlet timer. Timer isn't as convenient as a controller but it's several hundred dollars less expensive and is reliable.

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Old 01/15/2020, 10:59 PM   #4
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The new echotech versa is looking to be the bee’s knees.

Originally posted by yellowslayer13:

"I hate that hole"

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Old 01/20/2020, 02:28 PM   #5
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Do you know your daily usage of Alk, Mag and Ca?


180 gallon, 40 gallon sump, 3 250 W MH + 4 80W ATI T5's, MTC MVX 36 Skimmer, Apex controller Aquamaxx T-3 CaRx

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Old 01/21/2020, 06:02 PM   #6
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I've been using an Aqua Medic 4 EVO for about a year now and it's been reliable. Has its own programmable controller and 4 pumps. The only potential drawback, especially on a small tank, is it only goes down to the milliliter (ml) level. If you need fractions of ml then you probably need to look elsewhere.

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Old 02/18/2020, 10:34 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by ROlympia View Post
I use BRS and a dual outlet timer. Timer isn't as convenient as a controller but it's several hundred dollars less expensive and is reliable.
Second this.
i will say DONT get a smart timer. I have been screwed a couple times by this. It sounds nice to buy a 30$ timer with wifi and you can schedule "to the min" dosing times.

If had it fail many times in the on position (firmware updates, power surge...ect)

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