View Full Version : show off your Ro/float switch topoff system(advice wanted)

01/06/2007, 09:54 AM
i plan on having a 50 gallon drum in my fish room with a heater /power head , and float switch that will be hooked up directly to the ro unit . i will also put on a pour spout for when i need ro water to make salt water . i plan on having my dosing pump hooked right up to the drum to supply my kalk reactor for make up water .. dose this set up sound ok.. anyone with a system that is almost the same or do you have any pics or pointers.. thank you very much !

02/24/2007, 03:48 PM
I'm gonna bump this because I'm looking at something, my current method of 'wait until you hear a sucking noise' on the HOT skimmer isn't my favorite.

02/24/2007, 05:51 PM
It may be easier to just buy a electronic float switch, put it in your sump and hook it to the powerhead in your 55g drum. Hook a hose to your powerhead outlet in the 55g drum and run it to your sump. The powerhead only kicks on when the float switch asks for water, and the powerhead fills up the sump until the float switch tells the powerhead to turn back off. It is what I do and it works flawlessly.

No need for a heater.

With a 45g system, a 55g drum would probably last about 2 months before it would need to be refilled.

I just pump water out of my 44g RO/DI tank if I ever need water for water changes.


02/24/2007, 06:05 PM
This is what I use. I have my RO/DI hooked directly to the solenoig which then feeds my kalk reactor. I never have to have a seperate resevoir.

02/24/2007, 06:31 PM
Here are some pics and diagrams of my mixing tank and RO/DI storage:

RO/DI Storage

RO/DI Unit

Mixing Tank

Mixing Tank Close up

Mixing tank piping diagram

03/13/2007, 08:34 PM
jdieck- I've got a spectrapure maxcap ordered.
Am looking for storage containers, and may buy the brutes, but I noticed your mixing container (opaque). Do you remember where you purchased it?

03/13/2007, 10:12 PM
The white one is heavy duty high density FDA approved polyethylene, what I like the most is that it is 55 gal and it is graduated so I know how much water I am preparing.
The lip and rim is reinforced and the 55 gal comes with an spigot drain valve, great for cleaning the tank, I just hosed it to a nearby drain. you can get them from:

This one could also be a cheaper alternative: