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Loving the idea of the separate electrical cabinet. Gonna have to consider that one.

I'm curious how he deals with the outside temperature of his mixed saltwater from his mixing station. I'm assuming he doesn't pump directly from the mixing station into the tank.

I have enough of an issue with that during the summer with my mixing station in the garage...

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Hey folks,

Just found this thread. Nice job Mark! Everyone should check out his MrSaltwater channel on YouTube. His dog, Bart, is an entertaining co-star.

Saltwater outside...Yep, its hot during the, summer. If I did huge water changes, it would be a big problem; however, I am only changing 5-10 gallons a week. Barely makes a blip on the temperature graph and the chiller knocks it back down in a hurry. It would be what you might call an Acute Mild temperature spike weekly. The SPS don't mind. Now, if I did a 50 gallon change, you know what would happen. Call Shrek for Reef Stew!

My stuff is not in my garage because I got tired of dragging the hose in and out of the garage 70 feet to fill the tank. That is where it used to be and my RO unit was in a closet adjacent to the living area. Another hose coming out twice a week to fill topoff containers. The solution was my outdoor reef room where it all could get conveniently plumbed to the tank. No more hoses. Automated RO unit that replenishes daily, Calcium Reactor inline with chiller plumbing, and mixed saltwater all right there. Just turn a few valves and make the magic happen for weekly water changes.

The chiller is rated to run in environments up to 104 degrees F. I have my photoperiod set to operate the heat generating halides during the morning hours when our worst temps are still in the 90's. T5's run through the afternoon and evening when the chiller might be operating at a temp that would make it ineffective.

Best of all is that servicing the calc reactor, mixing tank, chiller etc is a no worry deal as far as mess is concerned. I can dump saltwater and waste anywhere and just wash down with the hose.

Of all the permutations I have run in the last eight years, I am most happy with this current setup. The indoor/outdoor rig has made keeping a labor intensive SPS tank as convenient as possible and I am to date, not having any issues with heat.

I did notice during the winter that I needed a fairly respectable heater to keep up with the cooling effect of the plumbing outside. No problem...just added a 1000W Won and that problem was put to bed.

Mike

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Rob,

I'd be happy to have you in my patient family and we probably do process your insurance. Let's not talk shop here though. Just know that you all are welcome to come and visit me at the office.

Cheers!

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Saltwater outside...Yep, its hot during the, summer. If I did huge water changes, it would be a big problem; however, I am only changing 5-10 gallons a week. Barely makes a blip on the temperature graph and the chiller knocks it back down in a hurry. It would be what you might call an Acute Mild temperature spike weekly. The SPS don't mind. Now, if I did a 50 gallon change, you know what would happen. Call Shrek for Reef Stew!

a 10 gallon water change on my 75 can bring my temp up pretty quick. I have to be careful. I had been mixing my salt for several days a few weeks back and took the temperature of the water that was mixing late in the afternoon...the water came in at 101 degrees!!:blink:

I figured out I have to mix, then leave the mixing pump off overnight and then turn it back on for a bit in the morning to make sure everything is stirred up before doing the change. Even then I will drop in about 4 liter bottles of ice to cool it down a bit. Makes the water in the upper 80s. :hmm:

No chiller for me though...

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My chiller is definitely the safety back stop for the summer water changes. Wouldn't recommend the practice to anyone without a chiller.

Now, you could turn your return pump off, pump to the sump in the house, and let it sit a couple of hours and come to room temp or near room temp before pumping to the display. That would accommodate the summer water temps from outside storage.

Mike

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Now, you could turn your return pump off, pump to the sump in the house, and let it sit a couple of hours and come to room temp or near room temp before pumping to the display. That would accommodate the summer water temps from outside storage.

Mike

That actually enhances the reasoning for what I've been considering for my next setup. I'd like to be able to easily pump the number of gallons I would like to change out of my sump and then refill there. The ability to then let the temperature lower before restarting the return would be a great reason to do it.

Thanks for the idea!

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A couple of ball valves on the overflow lines into the sump and a ball valve which I assume you have on your return pump and you can isolate the sump. I have a ball valve after a Wye on my return so I can prevent siphon or backflow from the tank and use the return to pump to a plumbed waste line in a closet across the living room. Just run a garden hose over and pump it out!

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A couple of ball valves on the overflow lines into the sump and a ball valve which I assume you have on your return pump and you can isolate the sump. I have a ball valve after a Wye on my return so I can prevent siphon or backflow from the tank and use the return to pump to a plumbed waste line in a closet across the living room. Just run a garden hose over and pump it out!

Yeah, the plumbing is easy (though I would like to pump it directly out to a drain), but the volume is the greater trick. I need to have the return section have the full volume that I'd like to remove for water changes. Gotta get that part designed right.

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