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Water Changes just got a whole LOT Easier!

8 years 7 months ago - 7 years 4 months ago #31863 by ba
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8 years 7 months ago #31835 by bottomfeeders
Yes. Rick told me he just got used to drilling them in place without removing the fish. I just removed half of the water, turned the tanks around in the rack and drilled with a hand drill.

I did create a jig so that I could start the holes in a consistent spot on the tanks.

Kevin

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8 years 7 months ago #31832 by ba
Great setup, I want to do this....

Did you drill the tanks yourself?

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8 years 7 months ago #31751 by bottomfeeders
No. I bought this new.

Here is the link:

www.buygpi.com/mechanical-batching.aspx

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8 years 7 months ago #31750 by scubadiver
What volume metric meter did you get?

Did that come from ebay as well?

Very motivational looks awesome by the way.

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8 years 7 months ago - 8 years 7 months ago #31749 by bottomfeeders
The other thing I decided to do is use hose barbs in my drain tubes. Some people use PVC T's and put several vinyl tubes from the bulkheads into the top of the PVC T.

A rubber grommet goes into the hole in the PVC then the hose barb connect through the rubber grommet.

You also should vent the end of your drain tubes.

Here is a pic of the connections to my PVC drain.




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8 years 7 months ago #31748 by bottomfeeders
I didn't add up all of my receipt yes but my major costs were:

$375 for the Intellifaucet
$140 for the Volumetric meter
$60 Big Blue filter with Charcoal filter.
$180 for 30 bulkheads (1/2" and 3/4")
Copper tubing
Copper ball valves
PVC tubing
PVC connectors
Water valves.

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8 years 7 months ago #31747 by bottomfeeders
I got the Intellifaucit on Ebay. I made an offer of $375 and they accepted it. I believe that Rick paid $250 for the D375 on Ebay. I thought I was worth the additional $125 for the K375 unit.

With this unit you can use the top knobs manually. You also have the added electronic features like flow control, timer, auto shut-off, and digital read outs. I think I got a bargain on this unit. New retail on this is $1,150

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8 years 7 months ago #31746 by bottomfeeders
From what I understand they are not very accurate. I think your are correct with your bullet points. The guy I bought the Intellifaucet from said he tried other types of mixing valves they were not very accurate.

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8 years 7 months ago #31745 by scubadiver
The intellifaucet seems really nice and digital. And for use with photo-chemicals that can be very very temperature sensitive it makes sense.

The question that I have is what is the difference between the Intellifaucet and something like this

www.pexsupply.com/Watts-0206025-3-4-L117...xing-Valve-8070000-p

for application in fishroom.

From what I gather the Intellifaucet going to provide -
1. Greater accuracy probably at +- less than .25 degree
2. Greater reliability
3. Digital control
4. Instant control

Thoughts?

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