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Post by dragonkeeper on Sun Dec 26, 2010 7:07 pm

So for Christmas my family wanted a list of things that I wanted. On the list I had a new central air pump, couple of heaters, a few new sponges, and a couple of manifolds. I got eveything I listed and decided today was the day to upgrade the central air system in my fishroom.

Old air system used a Super Luft Pump and a DAPMH15 from JEHMCO (Thanks Kegger). New pump is a DAPPH30 from JEHMCO. Old air system was kind of a mess and completely unorganized. There were airlines and power cords all tangled up and it made for a troubleshooting nightmare! The other problem was I wanted to add in my 75gal tank, but the Super Luft Pump was out of outlets and I had maxed out the DAPMH15. Here is what I had to deal with:

Old Air System
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Old Air System2
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As you can see this is a real mess! The new air pump is a DAPPH30 from JEHMCO:
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Decided to do things right and make a small ring out of the manifolds and here is the piece of plywood that I mounted the whole thing to:
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These are the the 6 valve manifolds that JEHMCO sells. I got 2 new one to add to the one that I already had. When you get multiple manifolds form JEHMCO they will make a basic ring or "Y" connector to fit the pump you are buying. I had to modify the "Y" connector into a ring system. No big deal just had to go to the hardware store and get a few parts.
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Air Ring:
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Got it all put together and connected to the pump. I really like the organized look to it. This is all mounted inside the stand to my 75gal tank.
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Added all the outlets and labeled them so they are easy to locate if needed. I also added in three outlets for my 75gal tank. This is a much neater and organized setup, Plus I have a few extra valves that I can connect some other airlines to if needed.
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Power Savings
Old air pumps
DAPMH15 - uses 18watts, Super Luft Pump uses 35watts, 2 AC110's on the 75gal that are being replaced with sponges use 28watts together, for a total wattage of 81watts. The new DAPPH30 uses 40watts for a savings of 41watts, and $2.44. While not a huge savings it is savings and not adding to my costs which is good in my book.

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Post by larry.beck on Mon Dec 27, 2010 3:42 am

I've got the same pump (DAPPH30) and it's been running great for about 6 months now. It drives my whole grow-out setup.

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Post by Rift_Lakes_Rule on Mon Dec 27, 2010 6:19 am

Nice work!!! Wink

So Many Rift Lakes Cichlids... So Little Tank Space...

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