el cheapo auto top up.

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  1. Loki

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    Hi guys

    Considering using this kit www.smartkit.gr

    with the aid of some 12v pumps. as a water top up unit.

    Your thoughts or comments..?
     
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  3. Tony

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    Mine is similar. I use a 350lph pump and add a float switch. It's worked so far
     
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    any pics Tony??
     
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    Good idea Where can you get 12V pump in pretoria?
     
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    I have got 2 float switches with a small pump works 100's. pics to follow tomorrow
     
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    Eheim and Corralia make small pumps for about R200-00 bucks. I'm not sure if they are 12 volts but I plug them straight into the mains. I don't have a pic as it's in my system but it's easy to hook up. Strip the outer casing of the pump wire to reveal the blue and brown wire. Now cut one of the wires which will in effect break the circuit. The float switch has two wires. Hook one wire up to each side of the wire cut. Now carefully seal the connection with insulation tape. Be careful not to cut the pump wire to close to the pump as you don't want the elcetrics too close to the water. In your sump, place the pump in your top up water and let it run. The float switch usually comes with a bracket that one connects to the side of the sump. Put a bit of double sided tape on that. Now clean the area well where you want to stick the float switch and slowly start putting the switch in the water. When the pump stops adding water the circuit is broken and you must stick the float switch there. Make sure the switch is level so it goes on and off easy and place it in an area will little surface turbulence as you don't want the thing coming on and off constantly as it bobs in the water movement
     
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    Tony Please please tell me where i can get an eheim or korolia for 200.00? I am using a cheapy pump and would prefer a quality 1
     
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    VIP has small Eheim pumps for R230-00 and The Korallia Hydor pumps are from R200-00 to R300-00 depending on the size. I bought one of those Eheims the other day as a spare.
     
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    hmm great stuff gota make a turn there soon.
     
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    heres a pic of the actual kit..
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    Yo loki heres a pic of mine you are more then welcome to come home and see it for yourself. PM me your number so we can meet up

    Float switches - holders for the float switches made by a friend of mine
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    pump in reservoir chamber
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    Loki, are those available in SA?
     
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    R100 bucks from any self respecting electronics outlet.
     
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