I know it's been awhile since you posted this. I really like your plumbing job! I have two questions, 1. where did you buy the fantastic looking valves? and 2. is it difficult to change out your reactor media with it sitting over the sump like that?Finished my media reactor setup. I decided to do a manifold inline with the return line. I did 3/4" hose(about 6" long to eliminate vibrations) out of the pump and then into 3/4" schedule 80. Up from there into the 3/4" manifold, which T's out to 1/2" gate valves and into the reactors. Works absolutely perfect. This is my first time doing anything with plumbing at all, so I was pretty happy with the results.
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A shot of my water change line. Simply priming this line, turning off the pump, open the valve in the image, open the drain valve in the basement... instant syphon to drain the entire main sump area. I love sitting in the chair in front of my tank and using Apex Fusion to turn on the basement pump to pump salt water back up to the sump. I really hated lugging buckets around with my old tank.
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I basically used Dr. Tim's to seed the tank with an "instant" bacteria colony. It cycled in 4-5 days. I have used it several times with perfect success every time. I highly doubted it would work when I tried it the first time. But first time success has led me to use it every time.great setup loving it. you didn't have to cure the marco rocks? when I think of marco rocks I picture dry rock
The gate valves are from PVCfittingsonline.comI know it's been awhile since you posted this. I really like your plumbing job! I have two questions, 1. where did you buy the fantastic looking valves? and 2. is it difficult to change out your reactor media with it sitting over the sump like that?
Odd. I haven't heard of much issues with the Vectras, though haven't looked much either.Well, my Vectra M1 will not start back up after turning it off for a water change. The driver powers up and starts on the correct mode and speed. However, the actual pump is unresponsive. Luckily I still have my Sicce 5.0 that I never could sell... gotta love silver linings. Glued up a schedule 80 pipe to work with the Sicce and I'm back up and running.
Yeah, I cleaned that thing spotless inside and out. It was actually acting up a tad before that. It would be tough to start back up. It would start to ramp up to full power and then shut off, then start up again... it would keep doing it over and over again. If I turned down the flow to about 85% or less it would start up and then keep running. We'll see what Ecotech says tomorrow!Odd. I haven't heard of much issues with the Vectras, though haven't looked much either.
Have you disassembled to see if the impeller is free spinning or maybe bearing is locked.
I'm getting ready to change my pump out, currently running the RedDragon3 50w, going to change out for a Red Dragon3 80w w/ 10v connection to apex.
I've recently added a UV to help combat my Red Slime issue, will need a little extra flow for that and the media reactors I'm wanting to add.