REEF2REEF Saltwater and Reef Aquarium Forum
@Toomnymods - Great question, GHL #MaxiSA dosing pumps are built solid there is no doubt about it but I am switching things up a bit in my build. Since I am a Bigtime Mac guy, I have decided to switch back over to all #Neptune gear so everything matches as far as my main controller and dosing pumps.
I haven't even taken my new MaxiSA out of the box. It's on eBay - FYI. When I use to run my old #Neptune #DOS's for my AWC's, I would take out around 1 gallon a day for my mixed ref 120!
Per GHL MaxiSA Specs you should be ok, these Stepper Motors are bigger then you think plus, its totally WIFI or you can use USB cor to your PC.
Perfect for AWC and Continuous-use rated for max 350ml/min
Tired of lugging those buckets around? Take the work out of manual water changes and let the GHL Doser Maxi do it for you. Conveniently schedule automatic water changes or trigger them as-needed.
Need to continuously do larger water changes? No problem. Our brushless stepper motors are built and ready to withstand larger volume water changes.
As with other peristaltic pumps which require a cool-down period, the Doser Maxi’s stepper motors can be run continuously for longer periods without needing a cooling period.
For example, you can transport water for a water change at one time without needing a cooling period. Pumps are suitable for moving approximately 16,000 Liters (4,226 gal) of water.
For more info on the Dosing pump: https://www.aquariumcomputer.com/usa/product/ghl-doser-maxi-slave-black/
Ya got to admit this dosing pump for massive water changes does look nice and sexy!!
I HAVE owned my Ultimate p4 KIT NOW FOR OVER A YEAR and I am finally getting around to setting it up on my new SCA 150 build. I also bought one of your defective #GHL #MaxiSA dosing pumps which PER GHL said they will be shipping me OUT A brand new one after the New Years!
I have always owned an Apex and it was not that difficult to set up and all of the functions. I understand it takes a while to figure this new platform out but holly molly is this very tough to set up at least for me and it should be. I had to go out and by a brand new laptop since GHL is not compatible with MAC! Well, you can run windows on a MAC but i prefer not to, so that's what I bought a mini HO LAPTOP! just for this SCA build. If I can't get this brand NEW NEVER USED P4 Ultimate Kit up and running before my Synergy CL -44 sump comes in It will be up for sale on as brand new never used on eBay! I'm glad I got the MaxiSA for my Automatic water changes that I will be able to still do if I sell this controller. I have bought so many GHL accessories it's crazy, I mean i bought sensors and 4 Float switches, and tons of other extras!
I have watched just about every single GHL video and I still am having problems hooking up my P4
ng my I would like to talk about my saltwater mixing station and the equipment that I used to build it.
I finally found a really good company who had them on sale with FREE SHIPPING so I grabbed a pair of 25 gallon Ace Roto Mold 25 Vertical Water containers. The company is called Rural King Farm store and I added a link below in case your looking for some bad #$#$ Barrels. They are UV resistant so they will not leave any residue behind like your Brute containers will do unless you clean them. - https://www.ruralking.com/
First, here is a shot of my 1st mixing station w/ a Panworld pump I originally made out of Bute cans and it worked ok. The only problem with going with these Brute garbage cans is they leave a lot of residue ones you're done mixing your salt behind which means you have to clean then vs going with something like one I did on my revised mixing station below:
My Two 25 gallon Storage Vertical Containers for my new Mixing station:
@Bulk Reef Supply -6 stage RODI w/ Aquatech Booster Pump &Pwr Supply.
Some of the PVC parts, fittings and my new 25 gallons Ace Roto Barrels
My 150 GPD Water Saver Upgrade Kit on your RO/DI System
What I love about this upgrade which I highly recommend s that your Water Saving Upgrade Kits is it's the most recommended RODI upgrade. If you have proper pressure (65+ PSI) we highly recommend installing the kit, because it will produce water twice as fast as a standard 75 GPD or 100 GPD membrane while cutting the amount of wastewater in half. The BRS 150 GPD or 200 GPD Water Saver Upgrade Kit will increase the production of any BRS 75 GPD reverse osmosis system to 150 GPD or 100 GPD RO membrane up to 200 GPD without having to use any additional water. With the installation of this kit water production will increase from approximately three gallons per hour to six gallons per hour! It does require 65psi or more into the first membrane in order to function properly and be efficient. If your home's water pressure is less then the recommended PSI do not worry, adding a booster pump is simple and only takes a couple of minutes. After I got my barrels I started looking on this forum and came up with my own custom 50-gallon mixing station and stand that I build out of plywood and 2x4s. See instead of doing one large water change like 90% of reefers on here do, I dose in small increments of about 2 gallons a day. Do you see how I have that white John Guest 1/4'' fitting that was installed on the saltwater barrel?
I have a GHL dosing pump which one stepper motors is connected to this John Guest fitting that feeds the NSW from the mixing station and pushes it into my Synergy Sump! The other Stepper motor on the GHL #MaxiSA dosing pump removes the OSW and I have it where it runs off into the background into my drain off.
The acrylic rod that's 1/4'' in size and that gets connected to one of the stepper motors to pull the NWS out w/ 2 of these acrylic rods in order for me run it about 2inch from the bottom of the barrel:
Here is what my Saltwater Mixing station looks like after I replumbed it along with setting up my 6 Stage RODI w/ dual membrane upgrade. I went with one of Reef Octo return pumps for the mixing station and for mixing the salt. I went with one of the most Reliable pumps on the market today in my opinion, the- The Reef Octo VarioS4 return pump.
Installing the DI first since I was alone doing this!
Installed the Mainstage and just need to install the booster pump since my water pressure was only coming out at 45pSI. If your water pressure is below 45pSI, you will require to run a booster pump in order for the RODI to work properly, if you not you are wasting your money.
I just need to finish up my wire management and my mixing station will have been completed, hard plumbed with a Reef Octo VarioS4 return pump!
Everything works awesome, especially with the new Reef Octo Return pumps, plus, I have had ZERO leaks which I was super happy about since 90% of the time you're going to get a leak or two. Let's keep going shall well!
I mean I had it working before, on my old del laptop b/c i did a short video on how each side of the MaxiSA doser worked and was calibrated - (See link below)
I am able to get into myghl control center and fill the barrel levels for pump 1 and 2 but I am not able to turn on the pump 1 or 2, the red light even comes on the MaxiSA doser when you click the calibration button but the pump will not spin. The MaxiSA doser is getting power and its hooked up through a USB to my Brand new hp laptop w/ plenty of room to run all programs. Does anybody have the link for the firmware update for the #MaxiSA Doser? I tried downloading this one but it still did not work.,
SCA 150 build coming soon in the mean time, I have completed my 50 gallon saltwater mixing station that has a BRS 6 stage RODI with a Dual Membrane and a #Aquatech Booster pump.
I just need to finish up my Wire management and it will done. I am just waiting on my new Synergy CL-44 sump and then I will be starting a new build thread for the SCA Rimless 150.
50 gallon Mixing Station / a Salinity Pinpoint monitor / Inkbird temp controller incl - a VarioS4 Return pump. Also, I have my @GHL #MaxiSA doser for my AWC's .
Here is a picture of my 50 gallon saltwater mixing station that I custom built in my garage. I have my GHL #MaxiSA Doser connected to my Salt barrel to transfer fresh saltwater to my tank and then the other motor takes it out at the same time.
I take out 1 gallon per day!
My Mixing Station w/ a BRS 6 Stage RODI w/ a Dual membrane & a booster pump.
GHL MAXISA DOSER for AWC's
It's very confusing to get everything set up in myghl, thats for sure! Owning an Apex to a ProfiLux I struggle too mate but they have great tech support on there forums.. Getting closer to setting up my #p4 and new #MaxiSA doser for my AWC system thats connected to my saltwater mixing station.