- Oct 19, 2017
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- North Florida
Randy, curious on why you opted to go 20 intervals a day vs completely continuous?
Oooh I like this idea thanks!!!I did exactly that. Limewater (kalkwasser) on ATO, AWC changing slowly, 20 times a day for 15 minutes each time.
Only drawback is the variability in ATO dosing with evaporation rate changes. Using a dosing pump instead of ATO eliminates that issue.
i'll dig up with https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/e...water-change-setup-for-your-amusement.745766/
so far it has been working perfectly. Zero change in salinity. ATO compensates for evap. I'd be interested in how many people using AWC based purely on calibrated pumps can go without having to recalibrate pumps or tweak salinity back to set point.
I possibly could have, but it might wear the pump out faster and ight require dialing the flow down near the limit of good control. I used a dual head Reef Filler pump that is no longer sold. It was adjustable, but I used it on full pumping flow (15 gallons per day, IIRC) and then determined that I wanted it pumping about 1/5 of the time to get 3 gallons a day.
I used to use an AWC but I stopped because I felt like I was burning through water unnecessarily. It worked well—- but I’ve since switched to the triton method and don’t change water much at all.Hey fellow reefers I’m considering doing AWC for my 56 gallon (prob 70ish total water volume with sump) aquarium. I have mostly lps, few solfties and some acros, some these are colonies other mostly frags. So main concerned is what’s everybody thought on there’s? Does it really help keep water stable as in kh, mag, and cal and salinity? Or do y’all have do extra dosing if have bigger colonies? I’m figuring it really helps with nutrients and control algae. But this mostly for people with a AWC. Do you like yours and does it help a lot and make reefing somewhat easier? I’ve already done research on how set up and stuff I want know results on your tanks!
I recollect that the original Reef Filler was a bit on the noisy side. Is it still so?
It is a handy thing. And if you ever switch to a DOS or Ecotech, it works great as just an ATO. That's what I did when I started using the DOS, it's been a reliable ATO for years.I run the AutoAqua Smart AWC, and I really like it a lot! I change about 2% per day. IMO it's one of the best things I've done for my reef.
How do you mix your kalk for the ATO? I just add my amount stir for a minute and then dump into my tank. I hear not to overmix to not get CO2 to react. I also read not to use the bottom portions as it settles. I’m a noob and trying to learnThanks that’s what I’m just wondering, I do kalk in my ato currently and just wondering if the AWC helps balance it but I guess not from your view on it. I’m wondering if I can still use my ato with kalk and AWC and maybe keep things stable?
I am enjoying this discussion but would love to see more images of how you have made the AWC operational. In a previous home where I had a fish room behind the tanks with power, water and drainage, it would be easy. How do you do this when water and drainage are not proximately available?
The concept of water changes is partially based on the old adage, 'the solution to pollution is dilution.' By removing 10% or 20% of the water at one time and replacing it with newly made, you maximize this impact. When you spread that change out over time you 'dilute' (pun intended) the impact, right? Has this been discussed or measured in any way?
I know some of the salt mixes recommend that you 'use' the water within hours of mixing it. This method requires you to store salt water for weeks. Does this create any issues with the stored water? Do you need to keep the stored water moving? heated?
I premix it in bucket about two and half scoops for 5 gallons of water and stir then let it settle then pour into my ato reservoir. But not all water because kalk has a left over power that settles and will burn corals and destroy pumps. That’s pretty much it haha but I love it I don’t have dose anymore lol that What I’m trying to achieve with doing AWCHow do you mix your kalk for the ATO? I just add my amount stir for a minute and then dump into my tank. I hear not to overmix to not get CO2 to react. I also read not to use the bottom portions as it settles. I’m a noob and trying to learn