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Hi guys heres my idea for a top off container will cover it with a nice table cloth and flowers between the 180 and 100 gal will fill them both with a float valve in each. :):D
 

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Casey how does the water get from the top-off to the tank(s)? Do you have a dosing pump, or is the bucket mounted over the tank somehow? Just curious, looks like it will hide/camo really well, probably won't be able to tell its not a small round end table.

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Dave I will drill 2 holes and hook on flexible tubing supplied by 2 powerheads and 2 seperate float valves.
 

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Perhaps im very simple, or dense...either could pertain...

Will the float valve cut off power to the power head (float switch)? or will it just close off the line coming from the power head? If that is the case will this hurt the powerhead at all (being under constant pressure?)

Again im sure you know better than I I am just curious for my own uses downt he road.
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The float will turn the power off to the powerhead when it reachs full like in the toilot at home :)
 

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Great idea - I am still trying to figure out how to hide one of these in my house - filling up 2 gallons a DAY is getting to be a pain and the tank has only been up for 10 days....
 

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Ylmay I have to top off 5 gals a day does become a pain My wife is gonna cover it up with a table cloth :)
 

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casey have you ever seen/tried the top offs that have two hoses. one for water, one for air. i guess the concept is that the water line is submerged i nthe bottom of the sump. the airline is submerged a few inches belwo the water level.

the way it works/supposed to work is that when sump level drops, it allows air into the airline, which then allows the top off container to drain water into the sump. once sump level reaches the airline, it blocks off the air, and the vaccume stops the top off container from draining any more.

in theory it sounds like it would work, but i would think the top off container would need to be airtight. and what if it failed.. yikes!

on the other hand, i would think that using the float valve/PH method would not require an airtight container.

can a really small, cheap, crappy, low gph powerhead suffice? and how much do float valves run?

i've got the container (10 gallon) that wil lsit above my sump, i nteh cabinet (may get a larger one if i can find one that will fit) but it's not airtight, and i want somethign that will be reliable.

i think dave is looking fro pretty much teh same answers to the same questions since our stands a re similar, and our top offs are in the same spots as well.

thanks casey!

btw: i like that container, will make for a cool table/hidden container :)
 

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Jay I have heard of the air type but have no experience with that type so I cant give advice. I have use the float kind they work very well I will post a pic when ups gets the controler here today,I am using Maxijet 12 for the powerheads but a cheapo will work to and the container does not need to be air tight I just like the lid on to stop any contaminents from getting in or have a kid fall in :) I will post pics when I get all the equip in I have seen float valves for 20 bucs my controler cost $50 I think lol
 

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Here it is Jay and oh it was $70 :eek:
 

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Casey that container is awesome! That is exactly the type I have been looking for, where did you get it for $50?
 

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Calvin it was not $50 that container is $137 includes shipping
I was talking 50 for the controling float which really cost 70
but I got the container at aquaticeco.com :)
 

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Heres the bulkhead holes the hoses will go through left one to the 100 reef right one to the 180 fowler:)
 

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WARNING! WARNING!:)

I use the same topoff mechanism. I have had my float stick on two occasions in the last 3 years (both times it was a small critter). I only have a 6 gallon resevoir and my sump was able to hold the contents but it was close. You seem to be a pretty good DIYer so you could prolly come up with another high water float to cut power to the ph in case the sump gets over filled.
 

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Thanks Rick will look into that saved me a flood maybe :)Rick should I have this thing set on high water level or low water level it came set for low.????
 

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Yours looks a little different from mine but they're both the same brand. Low should power the ph when the water level in the sump drops, right?
 

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Well I would have a mess with 40 gals on the floor:eek: Thanks for the link John maybe I will try that:)
 

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The first time it was a mini star fish, the second time it was a small snail. The plunger shaft will also get coralline on it so you need to clean it occasionally (I haven't done mine in a while;)).
 
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