Has Anyone Cleaned Their Red Sea Reefer Downpipe Gate Valve?

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Interested in knowing if anyone has taken apart their Red Sea Reefer Gate valve to clean it. If so, please share your experience and any differences observed with your system!

 

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I am dreading mine but this video helps. Might tackle it this weekend. Had a weird issue where the overflow was way too low and had to turn off and back on my return and everything is normal again. Might have some snails up in there I think they had babies, the little small white shelled ******** are all over at night.
 

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I am dreading mine but this video helps. Might tackle it this weekend. Had a weird issue where the overflow was way too low and had to turn off and back on my return and everything is normal again. Might have some snails up in there I think they had babies, the little small white shelled ******** are all over at night.
Thanks for sharing the video. In my opinion the RS valve is too sensitive and extremely difficult to dial in. There are other types of valves in the market that are easier to control and they would make life easy for everyone if they used them instead.
 
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Thanks for sharing the video. In my opinion the RS valve is too sensitive and extremely difficult to dial in. There are other types of valves in the market that are easier to control and they would make life easy for everyone if they used them instead.
Mine has sucked forever. It's like trying to use a salt shaker that's missing its top.
 

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Thanks for sharing the video. In my opinion the RS valve is too sensitive and extremely difficult to dial in. There are other types of valves in the market that are easier to control and they would make life easy for everyone if they used them instead.
I have been wanting to switch out to a decent gate valve but it looks like it’s not so straight forward based on what I have researched. I would rather deal with the stock valve than cause a bigger issue by changing parts. It’s very intimidating.
 

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I have been wanting to switch out to a decent gate valve but it looks like it’s not so straight forward based on what I have researched. I would rather deal with the stock valve than cause a bigger issue by changing parts. It’s very intimidating.
Red Sea's customer service dept must have received countless calls about this temperamental valve and I am surprised that they have't improved it.
Also they should offer an option to their float ATO mechanism as an upgrade partnering with a company like Tunze like they did this with Ai on the Hydra LED's in their "Deluxe" model Reefers.
 

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I am always struggling with having to adjust the gate value! I didn't even it could be taken apart. I will have to try that and see if it helps.
Thanks for sharing this!
 

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I just cleaned the valves on both of my reefer tanks. It is super simple to do and one of them had a bunch of baby snails in it which I thought for sure would be a solution to the common problem but a day later and still dealing with the fluctuations. It’s literally just 4 Allen bolts and it comes right apart. Literally took me less than 5 minutes per tank to clean. Going to make the switch at some point to different valves but just haven’t bit the bullet yet.
 
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I just cleaned the valves on both of my reefer tanks. It is super simple to do and one of them had a bunch of baby snails in it which I thought for sure would be a solution to the common problem but a day later and still dealing with the fluctuations. It’s literally just 4 Allen bolts and it comes right apart. Literally took me less than 5 minutes per tank to clean. Going to make the switch at some point to different valves but just haven’t bit the bullet yet.
What are the other options for gate valves that fit this tank plumbing?
 

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I just cleaned the valves on both of my reefer tanks. It is super simple to do and one of them had a bunch of baby snails in it which I thought for sure would be a solution to the common problem but a day later and still dealing with the fluctuations. It’s literally just 4 Allen bolts and it comes right apart. Literally took me less than 5 minutes per tank to clean. Going to make the switch at some point to different valves but just haven’t bit the bullet yet.
It is the fluctuations that are driving me crazy, a tiny turn can result in a giant change of the water level in the overflow area! :mad:
That being said I will try cleaning mine this weekend when I have a few minutes to spare.
 

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What are the other options for gate valves that fit this tank plumbing?
The other option is a spears gate valve. You have to get an extra return adapter piece and then hard plumb new pvc. There’s a great thread on here on the process. Just haven’t done it yet
 

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The other option is a spears gate valve. You have to get an extra return adapter piece and then hard plumb new pvc. There’s a great thread on here on the process. Just haven’t done it yet
For a newbie like me making any plumbing change like this now that the tank is up and running is a major PIA!!! :(
 

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For a newbie like me making any plumbing change like this now that the tank is up and running is a major PIA!!! :(
Technically it isn’t since you can source all the parts and assemble before hand and then when you want to make the switch just shut off your return and screw in the new union. The actual swap would be quick.
 
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Technically it isn’t since you can source all the parts and assemble before hand and then when you want to make the switch just shut off your return and screw in the new union. The actual swap would be quick.
If I decide to make the switch I would have my LFS do it in order to guarantee I don't screw it up and have a leak! ;)
 

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The other option is a spears gate valve. You have to get an extra return adapter piece and then hard plumb new pvc. There’s a great thread on here on the process. Just haven’t done it yet
Can you please post the link to this thread? thanks
 

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If anyone having trouble with the red Sea reefer valve is interested I will have parts kits that will let you keep the stock valve and add a threaded gate valve directly underneath. To me this is beneficial for a few reasons.

#1 if the gate valve doesn't work for you you can just leave it open or eliminate it altogether going back to stock configuration without having to order a new expensive replacement from red Sea

#2 if your gate valve should ever go bad you can easily replace it instead of again having to order a replacement downpipe from red Sea

#3 gate valves seem to work much better then the stock valve
 
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Quick follow up here. I did the deed tonight and was shocked at the filth I observed in there. It bothered me so much that I ended up taking apartment all plumbing for a deep clean. I'm wondering if the junk/organisms in my plumbing is what's responsible for my ongoing tank ailments...

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