what dosing pump do you use and why?

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  1. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

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    So I'm almost ready to buy a dosing pump system. I have looked at the bubble-magus that has three pumps and a self contained controller. I like the looks of it because I don't have any type of controller currently. Haven't needed a chiller and I just run lighting on timers. Seems like a dozing pump system that doesn't need to be rigged into a controller would be best for me, but I'm open to other ideas. I also don't want to spend too much money. I've seen the bubble-magus for around $300 online, where do I buy it around here to be a good bar member? What else do people reccomend, and what is the ballpark cost?
     
  2. tuberider

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    Chris can get you one, and IIRC Neptune carries them as well.

    Personally I use Drew's dosers from Bulk Reef Supply, however, that was long before the BM became widely available.
     
  3. seminolecpa

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    Drews dosers here too but same as Jeremy before the Bubble Magnus was widely available. Also they do not meet your requirement of not beinjg used witout a controller.
     
  4. sendo

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    Drews doser for me as well. I picket mine up for about $90 a piece. I have mine hooked up to a controller, but I think you can get some cheap minute timers at Home Depot.
     
  5. sfboarders

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    Aquatic collection can get you a BM. They ordered one for me. They'll beat online prices. Contact Joe and he'll give you the price.
     
  6. pixelpixi

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    I use a liter meter 3. I like that it's easy to set to a precise flow rate and is very reliable.
     
  7. iCon

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    went through the same decision process as you and ended up using drew's. main reason being that i didn't want to buy a separate controller and the BM seemed unneeded if im going to get an apex type controller later on.
     
  8. Ibn

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    BM doser with 4 head expansion which just came in the mail last week. Not quite sure what I want to do with the additional 4 heads. :p
     
  9. tuberider

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    Strontium, Molybdenum, and a couple of Mark Weiss products to round things out :D
     
  10. houser

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    Peri head/brushed servo driver/Pharmed tubing integrated into my PAC.

    Deluxe, semi-DIY, works well.
     
  11. yellojello

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    Happy with my BM Doser.
     
  12. r0ck0

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    I just got another tom's aqualifter to dose freshwater when my pH is too high for dosing kalkwasser. My apex controls which to turn on based on pH and a float switch for low water level.

    Am I the only one still using kalkwasser?
     
  13. houser

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    you are not alone
     
  14. tuberider

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    I love kalk, I just topped up my top off :)
     
  15. r0ck0

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    Oh good, I was worried I was missing out on something. How do you mix your kalk, how much at a time, how long before you toss it and make more, do you use a stirrer? I'm using Ms. Wages quicklime from walmart, $2.50 for a half pound of food grade calcium hydroxide, pretty good deal.

    I mix up kalk in a gallon container to saturation and let it sit over night. Next day I siphon off the clear top kalk and depending on my calcium levels I will dilute my topoff with RO/DI water so as to not cause problems with over saturation in the tank. My reservoir only holds half a gallon and usually lasts a week since it only doses at night when the pH and evaporation is low.
     
  16. tuberider

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    My top off bucket is 2 gallons, so I only get a couple of days at the most out of it, I'd use a larger vessel, but it would most likely strain my back getting it in and out of the stand, I carry water for a living, so no workie for me if I hurt that part of my anatomy. Anyway, I rinse the bucket out, take a squirt bottle (food service ketchup type) with white vinegar and squirt about 1/2 tablespoon of vinegar into the bucket, then put a scoop of kalk in the bucket and fill. The measurements are rough, I'm not a precise reefer, a slob mostly, but it works for me.

    If my water level is a little low in the sump I top up a bit, otherwise straight cloudy kalk goes into the tank. (Do not try that at home unless you've developed reefing spidey senses)

    I use both 2-part and kalk to maintain my levels, I like the multi-pronged approach :)
     
  17. GreshamH

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    Cole Palmer Masterflex for me (driving my Kalk Reactor).
     
  18. CookieJar

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    Litermeter III for me, pricey but I like the controls to make adjustments and the top off feature.
     

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