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Automatic Water Changer: Part 3

Posted 01/01/2012 at 11:08 PM by Aaarrrggg (Aaarrrggg's 144g Half Circle Dream)

The other taps are used for draining the system or taking out a little SW or RO for my nano.

Draining tank water into sink using pump (it was regular tap-water that we'd used to leak test)

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Draining last drops of water out of pipes (no pump used.) There was a tiny bit of water left in the bottom of the tanks which was impossible to get out, but hopefully that shouldn't matter in...
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Automatic Water Changer: Part 2

Posted 01/01/2012 at 11:06 PM by Aaarrrggg (Aaarrrggg's 144g Half Circle Dream)

Grim took out the weird wooden step I had at the bottom of the cupboard and made a stand for the water drums:

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Then he did all sorts of clever plumbing!

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The RO/DI unit is plumbed in under the sink on the other side of the wall. Water travels through the black line to the RO unit. (Waste...
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Automatic Water Changer: Part 1

Posted 01/01/2012 at 10:57 PM by Aaarrrggg (Aaarrrggg's 144g Half Circle Dream)

Ok time for the watercharger update I've been teasing you all with! This is going to be a biggie so hang in there. I wanted to get as much information up as possible so it might help others set up something similar.

Let me start at the beginning...

My previous water-change routine went something like this...
Put 5g jug in sink and fill up with RO. Remember (= forget!) to set stopwatch for 2hrs so I don't waste a ton of water. Fill Rubbermaid trashcan with 20g...
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Hitchhikers

Posted 01/01/2012 at 10:50 PM by Aaarrrggg (Aaarrrggg's 144g Half Circle Dream)

There are still no fish in the tank... just a few more snails and some scarlet hermits. I'm still holding off adding Marley & Guybrush until the nitrate comes down. It's still hovering around 30... which tbh the clowns would probably be fine with, but they're my little preciouses so I'm being overly cautious. I figure the delay is probably helpful for the IPSFs critters to get established anyway.

Around Christmas I got a population explosion of tiny hydroids on the glass. They...
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Christmas in my tank!

Posted 12/25/2011 at 10:45 PM by Aaarrrggg (Aaarrrggg's 144g Half Circle Dream)

[SIZE="4"]A Merry Christmas FTS![/SIZE]

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My husband surprised me with the Christmas Tree aquarium ornament. He put it in the tank when I wasn't looking, knowing it wouldn't be too long before I spotted it!
(You can't tell from the photo, but it's actually glittery!)

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