Watson Marlow Peristaltic Pumps for Calcium Reactors

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  1. Roggio

    Roggio Active Member Tampa Bay Reef Keepers Build Thread Contributor

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    I was told the same. I used 18g speaker wire and crimp female fittings with a waterproof housing. It honestly works better than expected. If you're really interested I can take some pics and post the supplies I bought on Amazon.
     
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    Thanks @Roggio. I would definitely be interested in pics and supplies! I'm not that handy so details are appreciated :)
     
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    Roggio Active Member Tampa Bay Reef Keepers Build Thread Contributor

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    Here's a pic of my wiring. I simply spliced the pumps wire and used an 18g speaker wire as a jumper. The span is easily 30ft. It's also pumping water 12 feet up and around 20 feet over through the attic.

    The only issue I have is I keep getting alarms from the Apex ATO. I think it's because it's overfilling that part of my sump. So what I've done is bought a optical sensor probe holder. https://oceanboxdesigns.com/products/accessories/probe-dosing-holders/?v=47e5dceea252

    I'm going to raise it up. Aside from the alarms it's been running great.

    Here's the fittings I used
    https://www.amazon.com/Sopoby-Conne...e_desktop?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&ref_=yo_ii_img

    The whole thing was pretty easy to do. Even if you're not handy, just match the colors and you're good. Let me know if you need any help or have any questions

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    Did you figure it out how to unlock it? I'm in a similar issue, can't seem to unlock my as well. Thanks.
     
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    I’ve been unable to do so, though I’d used it many times before.
     
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    It's unlock after unplugging overnight but it's stop working. I might have shorted the control with all the trying to unlock it.
     
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    Breadman03 Valuable Member Catskill Reef Member

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    I suspect that my issue is a dirty or damaged keypad. I'm going to switch to my DOS for a bit while I see if I can get repair the WM.
     
  8. Bluedore

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    Probably will get a masterflex, they are more quieter.
    Anyone have repair experience on watson Marlow pumps? Pumps motor and keypad works, guessing either the transformer or main board is shorted.
     
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    cilyjr Active Member R2R Supporter Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    Anyone aware if any of these pump models have brushless motors?

    I'm looking at the 504u
     
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    Thanks @Roggio . I finally got around to purchasing all the supplies and started the process to extend the cable but as I cut through the 1-Link cable, I noticed 4 wires and in your picture, it only appears to have two wires.

    Does your cable only have 2 wires or 4? Below is a picture of my 1-Link cable I cut.

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    Roggio Active Member Tampa Bay Reef Keepers Build Thread Contributor

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    Take a picture of the end of the cord you cut. The cable going to the pump only has two connections. You may have cut the “usb” cable. I’m case you did jump on Amazon and grab another cheap.
     
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    Breadman03 Valuable Member Catskill Reef Member

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    I just wanted to follow up that I got mine unlocked by leaving it unplugged for a few days and it has worked well since.
     
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    Good to know! Have not check it for a while, bought a masterflex instead.
     
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    Reefer1978 Valuable Member Build Thread Contributor

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    I joined the club recently, scored a very nice 520U. Love it so far.
     
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    I'm currently working on a new build and this time will definitely be running a calcium reactor for the first time. I'm new at calcium reactors and have a few questions hopefully someone can help me out.
    What are the differences between all the different Watson Marlow 500 series pumps. I see the 520 has a much higher price range than lets say the 505s. Can someone please explain to me what makes the 520 "better" than the 505.
    Thanks in advance
     
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    Reefer1978 Valuable Member Build Thread Contributor

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    It's a same series pump, but 505 is an older generation pump. I don't think "we" (reefers) know enough about these pumps to make a judgement on what's "better", we only have experience with the ones we have and not enough comparison knowledge.
     
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    Agreed. At a glance, it looks like it's basically an updated control panel. One difference that I notice is that the 505u has a pump speed range of 2-220 on the 220 rpm drive. The 520 is capable of 0.1-220 rpm. For aquarium use, I don't think that the minimum speed will matter to most people. Maybe small tanks running Triton, but that would be a very niche use.
     
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    Reefer1978 Valuable Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Will depend on the tubbing size you go with. I am running at pretty close to 2 rpm, can time it today if anyone's interested.
     
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    Yes please if you wouldn’t mind!
     
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    Thanks for the quick replies!
    What’s an average speed these are used at with calcium reactors?
    I guess what I’m wondering is if we really need that .1 that the 520 offers
     
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