Dosing pump not working , not been dosing 3a for a while .. what should I do ?

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  1. Jason mack

    Jason mack Well-Known Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor

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    Hi Tim , I’ve just noticed that my 3a bottle on my dosing pump is still almost full while the other 3 are at 1/3 .. my Alk has been steady at 8.6 for weeks now .
    Will there be any adverse affects because of this ? Unbalance?
    What should be my next course of action too rectify this
    Apart from fixing the dosing pump of course :D
    Any advice would be welcome !
    Here the link to my test results from 10/10/2017
    https://www.triton-lab.de/en/showroom/aquarium/auswertung-b/icp-oes/36700/
    Thanks in advance
    Mack
     
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    No they should be ok, just return to equal dose and monitor as you may need to reduce the dose with 3a back online.
     
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    Update ..
    well it turns out all the bottles are different spent 2 hrs calibrating and recalibrating again .. all pumps are working so I really can’t find the problem .. going too monitor things
    This is what I got when I weighed the bottles
    1 -450gr
    2- 400gr
    3a 850 gr.
    3b 600gr
    Not sure where too go from here .....
     
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    Check for any blockages in the tubes first and foremost, then check for any other restrictions such as pinches in the tube when going around corners etc.
     
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    Yup like I said .. I’ve checked ,calibrated them rechecked ..and recalibrated again .... all working now ..
     
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    systematically alternat hoses/additives to narrow down further
     
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    I was using the CoralBox doser and what would happen is that the doser would pull in some air bubbles in the line. Now when I was dosing 2 part at 50ml per day of calcium and alk - a ml here and there wouldn't cause a big deal. Because Triton is so concentrated, missing a ml here and there when you are dosing 10 ml a day will cause issues over time.

    I tried tubes, calibration, check valves ect. I just went with a better dosing pump. I bought the GHL doser 2.1 but I'm sure there are other options which are not as expensive but work well.
     
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