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    craiz, if you have any documents on this 'top off system', I for one would be very interested.

    Edit: Now knowing the term "auto top off", there are quite a few devices out there. Thank for pointing us in the right direction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by algerdes View Post
    craiz, if you have any documents on this 'top off system', I for one would be very interested.

    Edit: Now knowing the term "auto top off", there are quite a few devices out there. Thank for pointing us in the right direction.
    The one I have is an older but similar version of this one: https://www.marinedepot.com/Tunze_Os...FIDPAT-vi.html

    www.marinedepot.com and www.bulkreefsupply.com are places I shopped at often for aquarium equipment (my previous hobby currently on hold after a complete tank crash and die off about 9 years ago). The kinds of pumps normally used for aquarium top off systems are designed to only have a few feet of head length/pressure. In order to have a setup with a large reservoir at ground level and snow machine up 15-20 feet you may need a different kind of pump designed for this. Most aquarium pumps designed for high head pressure are also designed to move a high volume of water. Would need some experimentation as even a small low pressure pump may work since it doesn't need to move very much volume.

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    Good advice.
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    The float switch idea is one I hadn't thought of. Thanks for all the advice.
    In my mind I have 3 machines on the roof and they would spray during a specific song but also be able to spray remotely whenever I wanted. Its going to take some engineering on my part to figure out several things like:
    How long does a single tank of fluid last?
    What is the fluid freezing point?
    What voltage does it take to trigger the machine? And can I either step down or step up the voltage from my input controller to accommodate the machine.

    Then building platforms for the machines to sit on, trying to keep them as covered from the elements as possible and figure out the amps required for three.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Protege94 View Post
    The float switch idea is one I hadn't thought of. Thanks for all the advice.
    In my mind I have 3 machines on the roof and they would spray during a specific song but also be able to spray remotely whenever I wanted. Its going to take some engineering on my part to figure out several things like:
    How long does a single tank of fluid last?
    What is the fluid freezing point?
    What voltage does it take to trigger the machine? And can I either step down or step up the voltage from my input controller to accommodate the machine.

    Then building platforms for the machines to sit on, trying to keep them as covered from the elements as possible and figure out the amps required for three.
    Yup, that should about cover getting started. Keeping the reservoir tanks filled will be the easy part.
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