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Auto water changing system success! 1 year 10 months ago #66902

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Well we finally have an auto water changing system in place! I'm fiddling with the drip rate. Last time I tested the water the nitrates were at 10ppm. I turned on the drip a bit more and will test again next week.

Overflow instructions - I bought a Tom's aqua lifter pump to make sure we don't loose the prime on the drain. I testes on a smaller version and a 5 gallon bucket outside over 2 days and it seeems pretty failure proof!



I used this to make my water bottle carbon chlorine remover. I know I may regret the carbon with the oscar, but hopefully we will be okay?


I'm so excited about this! It's actually working!

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Auto water changing system success! 1 year 10 months ago #66903

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So what is your plan B if HITH shows up as a result of carbon being in the filtration?
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Auto water changing system success! 1 year 10 months ago #66904

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Stop the auto water changing system on that tank! Hopefully I can find a non carbon based way to filter the water.. Toying with the idea of using a dosing pump for the prime, but for now we have the carbon removing the chlorine.

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I am thinking with a slow drip rate, the chlorine would not be a problem, esp if you have good agitation going in the tank to help with gassing the small amount that does get in. would think 5g or so turn over every 24 hours would be enof to keep nitrates down and chlorine to a inert level in a 75g tank per say.
The name Oscar is a Norse baby name. In Norse the meaning of the name Oscar is: Divine spear.
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They are 90 gallon tanks. I definitely have tons of surface agitation. From the canister filter and the air bubbler. Seems like a scary thing to test!

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ya it does, so while seems to me, does not make it true. chlorine gasses out pretty quick once exposed to air. Again that "seems to me" statement if its getting trickeled before hitting the tank more than likes would be enof to make it a non defacto on a slow drip.
The name Oscar is a Norse baby name. In Norse the meaning of the name Oscar is: Divine spear.
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Auto water changing system success! 1 year 10 months ago #66912

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popss wrote:
I am thinking with a slow drip rate, the chlorine would not be a problem, esp if you have good agitation going in the tank to help with gassing the small amount that does get in. would think 5g or so turn over every 24 hours would be enof to keep nitrates down and chlorine to a inert level in a 75g tank per say.

Ditto..... but heavy metals run the possibility of building up. If you are adding Tank Tea (humic substances), that would keep them under control. However, there are options other than Carbon. BioMarine Poly Filter would be my choice for the inflow of fresh water. I use it on my Discus aging tank. Will deal with chlorine, metals, phosphate, sulfate, or most anything else we don't want in our tap water. Lasts a very long time as well, especially when it's not dealing with the heavy organic load of in tank filtration. You'll likely get several months out of a single pad.
120g - Tiger Oscar, Parrot Cichlid, SDs | 55g - 24 Year Old Kissing Gourami
55g - Angelfish/Bolivan Rams | 40g GBRs - 20g Apistos
65g Blackwater Planted Discus Tank
4 Cats, 2 Shelties, 1 Rat Terrier, 1 wife, 1 old lady, 1 sub-adult, 1 rug rat.
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Auto water changing system success! 1 year 10 months ago #66920

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I haven't jumped on the Tank Tea bandwagon yet... But I totally can order www.amazon.com/Poly-Bio-Marine-APMPF-9_0...Filter/dp/B00025664C and replace the carbon! :) I think it's even cheaper than the carbon I bought!

Thanks so much!

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Auto water changing system success! 1 year 10 months ago #66922

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Awesome achievement on the flow through water system...... btw.

I've been running PolyFilter on my Discus water aging tank. I've discovered it removing everything from ionized copper to aluminum. :think: (It changes color based upon what it has removed).

Please describe the inflow where you currently have the carbon. Can you get a photo of this section of the tank?
120g - Tiger Oscar, Parrot Cichlid, SDs | 55g - 24 Year Old Kissing Gourami
55g - Angelfish/Bolivan Rams | 40g GBRs - 20g Apistos
65g Blackwater Planted Discus Tank
4 Cats, 2 Shelties, 1 Rat Terrier, 1 wife, 1 old lady, 1 sub-adult, 1 rug rat.
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Auto water changing system success! 1 year 10 months ago #66923

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I'll take pictures of everything tonight. ☺️

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