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    Drip Control

    I have a K2R Calcium reactor that I bought used. In my new setup I plumbed it into my return pump with a small line and a ball valve so I would get better pressure and I thought I would be able to control the drip rate. The ball valve is way too coarse for adjustment so I need to find a better way to control the drip.

    Does anyone know of a valve(and source) that I could put on the outlet of the reactor to control the drip of effluent, reliably?
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    I wonder if one of those screw type air pump values would work in your case? I used to use a value used to shut RO systems for the clacium reactor but that didn't work so well. The plan was to upgrade it to a dosing pump... this way you know exactly how much water you are putting into the reactor.

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    It's called a ramp valve.

    It's used on IV's in hospitals.

    The drug stores don't carry it,you have to know someone in the medical business.Ask you Dr.

    Big Al's used to carry a dripping system but it was a million times overpriced.
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    The problem with all these vales is the drip slows down as they clog up(the calcium levels of the drip is very high). A dosing pump would fix this problem but then again they are also 3000 % more expensive.(christmas is comming!!!)

    IJO

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    Quote Originally Posted by IJO View Post
    I wonder if one of those screw type air pump values would work in your case? I used to use a value used to shut RO systems for the clacium reactor but that didn't work so well. The plan was to upgrade it to a dosing pump... this way you know exactly how much water you are putting into the reactor.

    IJO
    We were posting at the same time.

    Yes it will work.I did this before I was able to get a ramp valve.It doesn't work AS good BUT it's better than not having anything.
    100G Reef
    Purple,Blue,Yellow and Sailfin Tangs.Damsel,Clown and Coral Beauty,Fosters Hawkfish.
    Many mixed corals and clams.
    65G fuge in basement.
    Mag 24 return,RODI,2 Phosban reactors and UV.
    620w in DT.

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    I had tried a drip irrigation valve and it stops with just salt crusting. I haven't turned on the C02 until I get the drip worked out this time.
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