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  1. Big perk about living in Canby is you qualify for a USDA loan. Depending on your situation, that can be a nice benefit. If I recall, Canby has a lot of trains rolling through town. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  2. That's interesting. Especially because some mixes, like Red Sea Pro I believe, advise not to mix longer than 4 hours. I believe it can cause undesirable precipitation. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  3. Auto top off is generally something you don't want to go cheap on. This is particular true if it's a smaller system. That being said, you can check out autotopoff.com They are a pretty cheap outfit, but seem to have the tools to create reliable systems. Very basic, but seem to hold up well. I haven't used them before, but I recall researching them when looking for an ATO. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  4. That's an interesting note about salinity level variance. How much difference do you see? How tall are your containers? Thanks man! Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  5. Oh, I got you now! That would be wild for sure! Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  6. The salt and water does get mixed in the bottom barrel. The pump pulls from the bottom of the bottom barrel and pumps it to the top of the bottom barrel. The only thing I have to do is dump the actual salt into the barrel. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  7. Thanks Jeremy. I'm just trying to get as advanced as you are..... Maybe someday. [emoji16][emoji16] Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  8. You're exactly right. I needed to pump water into the sump for a second before sucking it out. The more I ponder it, I'm leaning towards just having the PVC hard plumbed directly over the edge and into the sump. Then I'll use a valve on that end. I'll keep a hose connector end so I can still use attach that periodically and get the vacuum action when necessary, but PVC from end to end is cleaner. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  9. Thanks for the feedback. You have quite the setup at work. Why wasn't the DOS much of a time saver? Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  10. Doing water changes suck. So does constantly testing and replenishing additives. So whether you go Triton and no water changes or routine water changes, there's always work involved. Or in my case, the work doesn't get done and then there are consequences. Anyway, I really needed to get myself a water changing system that was quick and easy. Maybe one day I'll implement some kind of auto changing system that swaps just a little per day, but for now, this is what I got! It's basically an ability to change 50 gallons of water with nothing more than a switch and a handful of valves. The far right is obviously the 50 gallon containers. Fresh on top, salt on the bottom. The RODI pumps fresh water into the top and there is also a second line that runs under the house and comes up to my sump. I'm going to connect that line to a float valve in my ATO container. That way I have an always full ATO and an always full 50 gallon container. The waste line for the RODI is plumbed to outside the garage. It may look a little complicated, but I'll try and explain it. Basically, depending on the valves I have three main options: I can simply circulate the bottom container for when I add salt. I can pull water from my sump and send that water outside my house and down the downspout. I can pump salt water from the bottom container back into my sump. There is only one PVC line going from the pump to the sump, but it can either send water or pull water. At the sump, I've attached a hose so that I can suck out sediment during a water change. It's currently a ten foot hose, but I'll probably chop it down. I may even hard plumb all the way into the sump, still thinking that through. Unfortunately, the current sump size only allows for 20 gallon change without powering on the return pump, circulating the water, and then changing another 20.... If that makes sense. However, this whole setup is for the future tank and sump upgrade which is currently in the works. Just finished reinforcing my floor so stay tuned for that build thread. Still a few months out on that. There's a few things I would have done different as far as valve placement, but nothing of any real consequence. Anyway, just knocked out my first water change. The most difficult part was how fast it drained and filled up. I felt like I was running into the garage real quick. I think I'll get the timing down though. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  11. Dang, that's wild. It was dumping one million gallons per minute! That's quite the pump. I don't imagine BRS has something like that. [emoji6] All the drought regions are looking at us with disgust, haha. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  12. Now now Jorge, play nice... Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
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