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    Because I wanted to dose concentrated. If you...

    Because I wanted to dose concentrated. If you water it down, any pump will work.
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    I stopped using the bag in the chiller, and just...

    I stopped using the bag in the chiller, and just poured the food in the metal compartment after sealing it with silicone.

    The size fish you can feed will be based on how big of food particle you...
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    If you mean to buy, they are at santa-monica.cc

    If you mean to buy, they are at santa-monica.cc
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    Not sure what you mean. An upflow will fit right...

    Not sure what you mean. An upflow will fit right in.
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    Actually more feedings are better, because it...

    Actually more feedings are better, because it sits in the tube less time. Best would be a continuous flow.
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    Yes

    Yes
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    I went 5 weeks once and the bad food killed two...

    I went 5 weeks once and the bad food killed two fish. They would primarily eat from the tube. But I left the top of the cooler open to the air too.

    The exposed tubing is probably not as bad if you...
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    If you thinned out the food with water, you could...

    If you thinned out the food with water, you could use one of the 1m/min dosing pumps. They are mostly mechanical so they would probably do ok in cold.
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    Well if the food is frozen then it would not pump...

    Well if the food is frozen then it would not pump (flow).
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    Probably need a diagram to tell more about it.

    Probably need a diagram to tell more about it.
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    I stopped using the feeder because the focus...

    I stopped using the feeder because the focus lately has been the scrubbers. Also, I let the food sit in the wine cooler for 6 weeks once, and it went bad and killed two fish who ate a lot of it. The...
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    Re: Automatic Continuous Feeder - DIY

    It it's not an isolation transformer, however, one line could still be tied to the house 120.
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    Re: Automatic Continuous Feeder - DIY

    I probably should not give any electrical advice, since you are dealing with 120v.

    I just let the fan run all the time.
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    Re: Automatic Continuous Feeder - DIY

    Have not measured it. It has to help, but no idea how much.

    Oyster or mussels are at your grocery.

    Somewhere in this thread is a link for the powder. Many cooking supply sites will have it.
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    Re: Automatic Continuous Feeder - DIY

    The food just sits in the tube. Not the best situation, but until someone makes a chilled feeder device, it will have to do. Does not seem to hurt anything, except for adding extra nutrients.
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    Re: Automatic Continuous Feeder - DIY

    It could, but it could with the bags too. Keep the top open if it does, and/or keep it near the lights.
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    Re: Automatic Continuous Feeder - DIY

    Certainly... just add some cubes of frozen rotifers, etc. And blend the oysters less, so it will have larger particles.

    Actually you might experiment with just adding the Sodium Alginate powder...
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    Re: Automatic Continuous Feeder - DIY

    Looks to be standard airline tubing, maybe a tab smaller.

    But, I don't use the bag anymore... I sealed the bottom of the chiller with silicone, and I just pour the food in. I've been leaving the...
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    Re: Automatic Continuous Feeder - DIY

    You can put it anywhere; the food is not alive.

    For less cyano, you want to put it right before the scrubber.
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    Re: Automatic Continuous Feeder - DIY

    The directions on the bottle don't mean anything. If we had strong enough filtration (which we never will), your 200 gal tank of corals could eat that entire bottle every day. Yes, one whole bottle...
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    Re: Automatic Continuous Feeder - DIY

    The current inputs are:

    Bottled blended oysters via/pump, 12 ml/day.
    Nori for fish, 8 square inches/day.
    1 silverside every two weeks, for the eel.
    Pickling lime in the FW topoff, about 1.5...
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    Re: Automatic Continuous Feeder - DIY

    I've now raised my liquid feeding to 12ml per day. N and P are both "clear". Matter of fact, instead of looking at the Salifert nitrate test from the top (which always looks clear now), I now look at...
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    Re: Automatic Continuous Feeder - DIY

    I've learned that if you are blending yourself, the pieces don't get small enough for reliable pumping with this pump, because there is a tiny "particle filter" hidden inside the blue tubing device,...
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    Re: Automatic Continuous Feeder - DIY

    In my year of usage, I've refined things a bit:

    1. I'm only feeding blended oysters now. Is much simpler, and cheaper, and covers all particle sizes from 1 to 200 microns. Most important: Oysters...
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    Re: Automatic Continuous Feeder - DIY

    I'm sure the pods will be fine. Any continuous feeding is better than what you were doing before. I'm currently just feeding blended oysters. After yours is running, you can experiment with all the...
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    Re: Automatic Continuous Feeder - DIY

    There are plenty in the UK on ebay. Just keep looking. I had to watch Ebay for several weeks to find mine.
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    Re: Automatic Continuous Feeder - DIY

    No, it's lowest is 1.0 ml per hour:

    http://www.moog.com/products/medical-pu ... nteralite/

    Here are other options:

    Kangaroo Pet: Is 1.0 ml per hour, but you can delay it a number of hours....
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    Re: Automatic Continuous Feeder - DIY

    There is no compression for the most part... the food stays between the wheels.

    However, I found that mysis get stuck in the anti-back-flush valve. So I removed that valve, and filed smooth any...
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    Re: Automatic Continuous Feeder - DIY

    Like most enteral feeding pumps, it goes down to 1.0 ml/hr, which is 24 ml/day. You'll have to dilute your food with rodi to do that, and your storage/chilling container will thus be much larger. But...
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    Re: Automatic Continuous Feeder - DIY

    If you can feed 24ml per day or more, then you can get a used Ross Patrol on Ebay for under $100 USD
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    Re: Automatic Continuous Feeder - DIY

    I'm just experimenting; no recommend results yet.
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    Re: Automatic Continuous Feeder - DIY

    Well 43 ml per day was too much for the scrubber to handle by itself. I was cleaning over a pound of algae from the scrubber each week, but it was just not enough (this scrubber was just sized...
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    Re: Automatic Continuous Feeder - DIY

    Well I guess a system needs a period of time to be able to fully use the amount of food given to it. Origianlly I was getting some N after feeding smaller amounts of food from the Feeder, but then...
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    Re: Automatic Continuous Feeder - DIY

    NPS report:

    Well I've pulled the Rowaphos out, and will monitor to see if N or P climbs (both are basically "clear"). The P was really low while the Rowa was in there... P was coming out of the...
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    Re: Automatic Continuous Feeder - DIY

    Well as a test, in order to stimulate a dark purple gorg that was not opening, I increased the daily dose to 21.6 ml, and reduced the interval to 20 minutes (0.3 ml per 20 minutes). It worked; the...
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    Automatic Continuous Feeder - DIY

    In my related research of reducing Inorganic Nitrate and Inorganic Phosphate, overfeeding was always an issue. Scrubbers help, by introducing live copepods to the tank, but the rest of the feeding...
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