Entries pertaining to plumbing
For the past 5 or 6 weeks, I've been avoiding the task of getting the 84" tall 265g poly tank out of the fishroom to clean it. It's easier with a second person, but with the Texas heat I've simply opted to put it off day after day after day. Well, at the same time my reef was at risk in case I needed saltwater for an emergency, not to mention the lack of water changes that couldn't be performed.
Friday night at 10pm, it was 103F outside. Since I was more motivated than usual, I decided
Bobby finally had a little time to come over and I put him to work. I needed a number of things resolved or completed.
Two outlets in my home were flakey with bad connections, so he swapped those out.
The AquaController 3 had stopped communicating with all the x-10 modules in the sump area, and he had the tool to replace the phone jack connectors on the wiring to the kind that fit the sockets correctly. All four were replaced to get a good connection, and now the x-10s
For the past two weeks, I was thinking about modifying my Euroreef protein skimmer so it could work in conjunction with my NextReef biopellet reactor. I was considering drilling a hole in the body of the skimmer, inserting a uniseal and then pumping the effluent of the reactor into the reaction chamber of the skimmer. In this way, it would definitely export dead or dying bacteria exiting the reactor. Perhaps that stuff was causing the dinoflagellates in my tank, I really don't know.
My 400g reef had five drains in the external overflow. They are equally spaced apart, and plumbing these into my sump was a little challenging. I'm sure I got a few gray hairs trying to come up with the perfect plan.
First of all, it needed five Durso Standpipes. All five are 1.5" black PVC going into 1.5" bulkheads. The drainlines are 1.5" as well.
Each Durso is drilled with a 3/16" hole in the cap to vent the drain. None of the Durso Standpipes were glued. They
With the return section completed, it was time to build the second section that is called a manifold. It has its own pump, and feeds a few items. The beauty of a manifold is that one external pump takes the place of multiple submersible pumps, and a series of valves provides the user to control flow rates to each item.
My goal was to run three reactors and a frag tank, and also have it available as a secondary back up to the main return pump if needed. I wanted to run the manifold