Hi Collo, Did you go ahead with the XFIlter Upgrade. I'm thinking of putting the 1.0 in my S650 too. I was wondering if you had any updated tips or experience. Shaun - Also was trying to understand if a Gate Valve or Ball Valve is best, you went with gate and I wondered why ? (my S650 is mostly ball valve sin the sump) - and I wanted to be able to service and change stuff if I need to.Morning mate, do you have a parts list of what you used for this plz? Or at lease the pipe diameters of the original red sea pipes?
Cheers! just what I needed to know. Makes sense to replace the function of the red sea valve in that daft location. Can I also check what pipe cutter you used, it is such a tight spot I'd rather go low risk with a proven approach than hack around with the wrong tool.If you look on page 114 there’s a picture of the X Filter 1.7 installed. This has now been changed to a 1.0 as there wasn’t enough flow for the 1.7, it kept sticking or caking up as they call it. I’ve kept the 1.7 as a spare for the large tank. The 1.0 is also significantly smaller so doesn’t take up as much room
The gate valve is much more adjustable than a ball valve for fine tuning the downflow pipe, and remember this was designed to make that stupid red sea valve at the rear of the tank obsolete. You can’t make such fine adjustments with a ball valve, or not easily anyway.
You can use ball valves for other bits, but with a gate valve you can make very fine adjustments to get the water flow down the pipe accurate and therefore silent.
I used one of these but I had it from building the large systemCheers! just what I needed to know. Makes sense to replace the function of the red sea valve in that daft location. Can I also check what pipe cutter you used, it is such a tight spot I'd rather go low risk with a proven approach than hack around with the wrong tool.
Thanks, Yes mine is live too, couple of years in. So I'll also have a bit of anxiety as I make a cut while in-situ.I used one of these but I had it from building the large system
Its probably easier to mark the pipe we’re your going to cut it, and then unscrew the pipe and cut it in which case you could use a cheap pipe cutter
I would also make sure you have a spare piece of 40mm pipe and fittings in case it goes wrong although my system was of course ‘live’ so it was a little nerve racking! Lol. I don’t know what they’ve done to the union at the top were it attaches to the tank as it isn’t 40mm as I tried to link both systems detailed a few months ago on here.
Its a similar procedure with the emergency pipe although I haven’t bothered doing it as yet and probably won’t as it hardly has any flow down it.
All good and nothing to report really. I haven’t added any fish for over 10 months, Just because of what’s been happening and I couldn’t be bothered with it all at the LFSHow is The Beast coming along?
Patience and cunning......!"