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Going to make my own top up system

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Re: Going to make my own top up system

Postby malakye » Fri Jan 13, 2012 7:48 pm

buy a condensation tray if your loosing that much on such a small tank.
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Re: Going to make my own top up system

Postby Getthejist » Fri Jan 13, 2012 8:17 pm

i do own one but my lid doesnt fit over it and also because im switching to crystal red shrimp so the temp will be 5 C colder
When in doubt get another tank.
I keep water the fish are just for decoration.
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Re: Going to make my own top up system

Postby Katfish » Wed Mar 07, 2012 7:38 pm

Today I built my home made auto top system.
The advantage of doing it this way is NO 230v running though the float switch only 3v

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Total cost was around £15 + 1 Coke Bottle
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Re: Going to make my own top up system

Postby malakye » Wed Mar 07, 2012 7:54 pm

Well done, to technical for me I like to keep things simple but at that price you can't go wrong.
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Re: Going to make my own top up system

Postby Katfish » Wed Mar 07, 2012 10:23 pm

To be honest it was very easy to build.

The only thing that came pre made was the float switch bracket
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Re: Going to make my own top up system

Postby Blowfish » Thu Mar 08, 2012 11:03 am

small tanks really do lose more water...some of the little nano betta or marine tanks need topped up daily!
If using ro water you could buffer the ph so it matches your aquarium water. :thu:
Great find great for marine aquariums as these tend lose a fair bit compared to freshwater(my 240 litre lost up to 10litres a day in the summer!!!) and as mentioned standard shop bought top-ups are overpriced! :ok:
Keep good water = Keep good fish!!
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Re: Going to make my own top up system

Postby cwmorrow » Fri Jan 17, 2014 10:50 pm

I use a plastic tub of RO water with a hose going to a float valve in the sump.
Works great. A small float valve, like a toilet uses without electricity.
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