Help with reefoctopus calcium reactor

Discussion in 'Test Kits, Controllers, Reactors and Dosers' started by Mekaeel, 18 Sep 2007.

  1. Mekaeel

    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    howzit guys.im getting really pissed off with my calcium reactor.yesterday for the second time,the pump on on blew up.it started to become really hot from the night before and the housing of the pump began to bend and and warp and it burnt out.any idea what pump i should run on the reactor now?the reactor is fitted with Octopus OPT-1000.
    thanks crew
     
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    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    What is the flowrate of the pump or what flowrate do you need?
     
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    Mekaeel have you got the breather open on your reactor ?
     
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    I would go for Eheim, my korillin has one and they suppost to have a thermal cut out, so if they run dry the pump is not destroyed.
     
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    Mekaeel Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    it come standard with an OPT-1000 pump.thats 100LPH
     
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    Mekaeel Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    where is this located anthony?
     
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    Mekaeel Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Thalion,i spoke to Cassim from julies pets as he has the same reactor and his came with a Haile pump.so im considering that
     
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    This is generally caused by the fine 'dust' in the reactor buildingup and clogging the pump, mine burnt out aswell. maybe re plum the reactor slightly and add an Eheim would be a good idea.
     
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    Mekaeel Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    thanks Alan.think i'll change the pump to Eheim.when you say replumb it,shoud i just change the fittings to fit the eheim pump?
     
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    Mekaeel the bleed line will be one of the outlet pipes on the top of the reactor. The one exit is your effluent line and the other is your bleed line.
    Do you have the bottom sponge on the baffle plate in place ?

    Not sure why yours is doing this. I run the same reactor, mine has been going for about 9 months now. It runs 24/7 and I've never has a problem with it.
    Strange..
     
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    I agree with Anthony it is a bit strange. I have had the same reactor with the same pump running for over a year without any troubles.
     
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    Mekaeel Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    howzit guys.i stopped over at northlands and told Sean about whats happening.he said that theres being numerous complains about the pump on the reactor and i shoud put on an oceanrunner 1200.
     
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    Mekaeel Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    anthony.im not too sure if mines has this bleedline,cant seem to locate it.anyone got a pic of it to help me out please.yes i do have the sponges on
     
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    The sponges that are supplied with this unit are simply not fine enough for the media most often used by aquarists in sa. Think about it:
    3-5mm media (not much bigger than the holes in supplied sponge), abrasively fluidised, reduced pH........... you gonna get chips into the impellor.
    Use a hailea pump, also 1000lph fitting (I suspect same pump as octo, or at least same factory)
    Another problem which happened to me, is gas buildup in the top of the reactor, preventing water from flowing to the pump, i.e. pump running dry............
    This will occur if you have your pH probe situated remotely from the reactor. As the line is blocked, the pH at the probe rises, switching on the CO2.......
    I have the older unit, so no space for a pH probe, and have been trying to source a new lid (with pH probe holder and bleed line) for some time with no success.......
     
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    Mekaeel Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    mines is also the older unit ivan.ive drilled and modified the lid to fit a ph probe in it.i did purchase the Hailea 6530 today,but its a bit to big for the reactor.goota change it for a smaller one.i think hailea is from the aqua medic factory
     
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    Other way round....... aqua medic from halea factory, and octpus pump from........??

    Pls post some pics of the mod u made to fit a probe to the lid. have been wanting to do this for a whle, but just not had the guts........
     
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    Mekaeel Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    not to sure about which factory octo comes out of.will post some pics tomorrow.it was actually quite simple.basically drilled the cover and marco got me the fitting for where the probe sits in and glued it together with pvc glue
     
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    Mekaeel Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    howzit ivan.here is the pic of the reactor with the DIY probe job

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    Nice Mod Mekaeel.
    Still baffled as to why you battling with the pumps though.
    When you stripped the pump was there a lot of grit in the impellor housing ?
     
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    Mekaeel Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    thanks anthony!im also confused as to why the pump burns out,when i tried opening up one of the fittings,water was pissing out which means there was water flowing through.and no,there was nothing at all around the impellor.gonna get myself the or as the hailea isnt fitting.by the way,what pump is on your anthony?
     
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