Flow Sensors - Usage and Example setup

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  1. Marco@GHLUSA

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    Let's talk flow sensors. How could a flow sensor be a useful addition to your system, what can you do with it, and how to configure it.

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    • Basic usage: Monitor flow rate(s), return pump, media reactors, UV, refugium, skimmer etc..
    • Advanced usage: Monitor and Control Flow to parts of the system, in combination with 0-10v Controllable pumps.


    On my system, I use it to keep a pre-set and steady amount of flow to the display from my return pump.
    Why not just set the pump and forget it? Because manifold and media reactors.

    I run a single return pump( Royal Exclusiv RD3 80w 10v controllable) with a manifold feeding 2x media reactors with Carbon and Phosphate Remover.

    Occasionally the reactors require media change-out, or flow adjustment depending on the media, fill level, etc.
    With the flow sensor configured, I can open up both reactors, or shut them off completely, within seconds the return pump will compensate up/down to adjust the flow to the desired rate.


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    Configuration:
    1. Set Flow sensor index
    2. Set Nominal Value (desired flow rate)
    3. OPTIONAL: Set Alarm Threshold (Alarm if flow below this rate)
    4. Set 0-10v output channel to " Constant Flow"

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    As I open or close any of the reactor feed valves, the P3 will adjust the flow by increasing or decreasing the 10v signal voltage to my return pump. Neat!


    Per request, here are the store links:
     
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  2. Gaël

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    Good thread :)

    Just one thing, for now, if you do maintenance task and need to stop pump and setup a Profilux maintenance for that, you will anyway get an alarm...
    When a Profilux maintenance is activated, all other sensor alarms (level, ph, redox, o2, conductivity, temp...) are temporary disabled, except flow alarm.
     
  3. Marco@GHLUSA

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    @d2mini - You'll appreciate this :)

    Yes, you are correct. Currently the alarm is not disabled by maintenance tasks. It's been discussed, more on this in the future. :) - Thank You!
     
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    Marco is that a 6061 mount on your tank?

    heavily debating on waiting for the GHL rendition "supposed to be out soon" or just going with the 6061 for my mitras 6200

    sorry to derail
     
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    Can you provide a link to purchase the flow meters , I can not find on the GHL website?
     
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    Marco, what are the I.D. of the three flow sensors?
     
  8. Marco@GHLUSA

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    Dennis:
    • Flow Sensor 2000 l/h = 10mm (~3/8")
    • Flow Sensor 5000 l/h = 20mm (~3/4")
    • Flow Sensor 9000 l/h = 25mm (~ 1")

     
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    Nice thread!
     
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    Wish it was capable of connecting to the apex or they would come out with their own flow meters, nice option to have.
     
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    Time to upgrade! :D
     
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    Apex has them, just not released yet.
     
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    Duh
     
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    One of the neat things about GHL is that they are far advanced on control of flow and dosing.
     
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    Love GHL!!!
    Ordering the flow control now :)
     
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    Hi Marco , are there any particular level ports like (1-4 or 5-8 etc) that are used to do flow control? I will be installing 3x flow sensors, 3x level sensors and a leak detection module.
     
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    Flow sensors can be connected to the Level 1 and 2 port.

    Additional flow sensors should be connected to an Expansion card with Level Ports.
     
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    The P4 has 4 levels port. Can´t you use flow sensors on all of them?

    Sincerely Lasse
     

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