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Old 03-29-2006, 11:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Hi there, was wondering if anyone has had any experience with dosing pumps/used Medical equipment etc… For introducing ferts into a tank…. Any stories good/bad? And good places to find the right equipment?
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I have dosing pumps on several tanks and have been using the Aquamedic Twin Reef dosing pumps that come with a timing system. The unit is very well put together and the timer is great because you can dose many multiple times in one day with each dosing time programmable down to the second (most digital timers can only switch on for a minimum period of one minute which can be ok depening on the flow rate of your particular dosing pump).

I use one pump for macros and the other for micros.

The only drawback, and this can be a showstopper depending on your setup, routines and location, is that if there is power cut, the unit does not come back on automatically when power is restored. It needs to be manually started up again. I have yet to figure out why in the world it was designed like this...

So if you are away alot you need to show someone how to check if it has stopped and how to start it up again.

Or get a UPS for the thing...
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ok cool thanks Laith;

Has anyone tried to get their hands on a used I.V. pump from a hospital/clinic? I don’t imagine they are cheep, but I bet you could give the computer some VERY precise directions of how much to dose… plus I think they all have backup power supplies…
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I have one, i got one through a friend, i rebuilded it quite heavy, it's only the pump houses and the motor left, all the steering was taken out (it was broken).
I builded my own steering and remade the covers for it, its quite huge, but it works like a charm.

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... its quite huge, but it works like a charm.

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Huge? that thing is more than half the size of the Eheim!

Nice auto setup though...
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I've been using this setup successfully,
http://aquascapingjournals.com/journ...ted_dosing.htm
Do a search on the forum for more info.
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Huge? that thing is more than half the size of the Eheim!

Nice auto setup though...
It is huge, but it was free of charge and it's a dual pump (one for micro and one for macro nutritions).
It's very stabile and extremely high quality, the upper part is one solid piece of aluminum, including the pump housing.
I can use different dimensions of hose in it and adjust the pressure on the hose exactly.
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