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Hey everyone. I currently dose Red Sea skeletal elements (the powder) every day or two around 15grams at a time and it’s working well for me in my 80 gallon reef.

To try and automate this, I thought of using an Eheim auto feeder to dose it. I add it slowly and directly into the filter sock so maybe I could set up the auto feeder on the sump and work out the number of ‘feedings’ to dose the amount of powder I need? If it works I thought it would be quite a neat solution.

anyone tried this before?
 
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I doubt you will be able to get the precision you need from an autofeeder
Should be ok with powder. The Eheim slot size is adjustable and can be programmed for multiple feeds a day so just need it to measure out to dispense the 15-20grams a day and should be good. So long as it doesn’t clump. I’ll give it a whirl and report back.
 
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I think most of us old timers would tell you dumping powder of any kind is a hazardous shock to the water column.

A trainwreck waiting to happen.

You should always dilute any powder in rodi water .... THEN add to your water column.

But try it....what do you have to lose?
Answer: everything


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I think most of us old timers would tell you dumping powder of any kind is a hazardous shock to the water column.

A trainwreck waiting to happen.

You should always dilute any powder in rodi water .... THEN add to your water column.

But try it....what do you have to lose?
Answer: everything


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Skeletal elements is designed to be added dry. I add it into my 100micron sock so no powder is going directly into the display. I’ve been using it for 6months and it’s working great.
 
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Well the feeder arrived and I got it set up. Dumps straight into the filter sock where I usually add the skeletal elements powder anyway. Let’s see if it will dispense a full load without clumping. Would be pretty handy if this works. At least could ride me over for a week or so when on vacation. Poor mans dosing rig I guess.

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