AutoAqua Smart ATO - Auto Top Off System

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AutoAqua Smart ATO - Auto Top Off System

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Quick Overview

Great for small tanks and where space is limited - the Smart ATO is a compact controller and sensor in one unit to keep you water at a safe level while maintaining proper salinity. Powerful magnets hold the unit in place at the desired water level in your tank or sump. Music alarm sounds if unit detaches from tank or if pump runs for too long.
  • Patent-pending contactless optical sensor - no moving parts to fail, zero chance of leaking voltage

  • AFS Technology - Automatic Feedback System for real-time fail safe protection

  • Controller/Sensor is less than 1 1/2" in diameter

  • Works on sumps/tanks with wall thickness up to 1/2"

  • Clear Acrylic or Glass

  • DC Brushless Feed Pump - 74 GPH
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Will it hurt the pump if it runs dry? Obviously this is not a situation I want, but it happens.
Question by: Erik on Dec 5, 2013 6:38:00 AM
Hi Erik,
Its not great for the pump in the long term but the ATO does have an alarm that will go off and disable the pump should the pump run dry.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Dec 5, 2013 6:38:00 AM
Any chance I can hook up a different pump, like a peristaltic?
Question by: Steve on Dec 8, 2013 2:42:00 AM
Hey Steve,
Not with this particular model of ATO. If you want to use your own pump then the Innovative Marine Hydrofill would do the trick as well as the Tunze osmolator (with the addition of the switch socket adapter).
http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/catalog/product/view/id/3009/
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Dec 8, 2013 2:42:00 AM
My AIO tank has frosted glass on the chamber that I was hoping to use this in. Will it will work on that? Or do i need to try and find a different solution for my top off needs?

Thanks
Question by: Steve on Feb 19, 2014 12:35:00 PM
Hey Steve,
Unfortunately this ATO isn't going to do the trick if you don't have clear glass. Your best bet would be to look at something like the Elos or the Tunze auto top offs.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Feb 19, 2014 12:35:00 PM
How much are replacement pumps?
Question by: Rick on May 10, 2015 4:39:00 PM
Great Question! You can find replacement parts directly from Coralvue for fairly cheap, here is a link to the replacement pump: http://www.coralvue.com/smart-ato-dc-refill-pump.
Answer by: Jason (Admin) on May 11, 2015 7:17:00 AM
I am about to order this Smart ATO. Could someone reply and let me know if it comes with a pump or what I should use with it??

thanks,

Jason
Question by: Jason on Feb 19, 2014 8:36:00 AM
HI Jason,
The pump is included with the ATO :-)
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Feb 19, 2014 8:36:00 AM
What is the length of the cord that runs from the power supply to the smart controller?

What is the length of the cord that runs from the smart controller to the DC pump?
Question by: Robert on Mar 10, 2014 1:22:00 PM
Hi Robert,
The cord for the power supply is 48" and the cord to the pump is 72".
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Mar 10, 2014 1:22:00 PM
How does this unit handle water changes? Do you just unplug the unit? or is there a power button to turn it off. (assuming your water change drain the water from the sump return area where this unit would be mounted)
Question by: Andy on Mar 26, 2014 3:19:00 AM
Hey Andy,
This unit is the same as pretty much any other unit, you simply unplug it when you do a water change. If you happen to have a standard aquarium control you could also have the ATO setups for a standby mode. For example on my Apex I have a standby mode D that runs for 30 minutes and when activated it cuts power to all my pumps, heater, ato, etc. Basically shuts my tank down for a half hour while I do my water change.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Mar 26, 2014 3:19:00 AM
how well does the Autoaqua work with jaboe wave maker. I wondering if the up/down motion of the water will confuse the system
Question by: Alfonso on Sep 10, 2014 5:49:00 PM
Hey There,
Great Question! That auto top of will perform best in a sump with little surface agitation. Using it in a display tank with wave makers will more than likely be an issue depending on the amount of agitation at the surface. If you have any other questions, let us know! Thanks!
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Sep 10, 2014 5:49:00 PM
I have a 57 rimless (12mm glass) that goes though about 1 gallon per day. Since I am going to be installing this in my tank, I like its small size. But, will its small size be enough for my tank? If not, what do you recommend?
Question by: John Q on Jun 10, 2014 7:47:00 AM
Hey John,
When you say on your tank, do you mean that you do not have a sump? It would fit in terms of size but because of the way it works it will require the water level to be a few inches below the rim. You may also want to look at the Elos Digital Osmo Controller. It has a tiny probe that is easy to attach to an existing power cord or something in your tank and would be almost unnoticeable.

http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/elos-digital-osmocontroller-auto-top-off.html
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Jun 10, 2014 7:47:00 AM
WHAT IS THE SIZE OF THE "OUTSIDE" UNIT(distance from glass, extending out)? THANKS


Question by: Lewis Thompson on Jun 10, 2014 8:47:00 AM
Hi Lewis,
It sticks out from the outside of the glass by just shy of 2"
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Jun 10, 2014 8:47:00 AM
Can the pump be used in a container that has a dilute kalk addition. I use a 5 gallon container with 2 tbsp of Kalk in 5 gallons of water in my current setup. Would this pump get clogged by the sediment?
thanks
Question by: Carlos on Feb 2, 2014 3:00:00 AM
Hi Carlos,
Anytime you want to dose kalk you always want the pump or the tube off of the bottom as you never want to dose sediment to the tank (forget the pump at that point, the sediment is a slurry that will wreck havoc on the pH of your tank). That said though, as long as its off the bottom you can use the pump but kalk is going to shorten the lifespan of any pump so dont be surprised if you need to replace it more often.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Feb 2, 2014 3:00:00 AM
what are the dimensions of the pump? is it small enough to fit through the opening of a 5 gallon jug
Question by: James on Feb 10, 2014 8:44:00 AM
Hi James,
Its a bit shy of 2x2x1.5!
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Feb 10, 2014 8:44:00 AM
Do u have to buy a seperate
Pump for this?
Question by: nicholas on Dec 5, 2013 7:05:00 AM
Hi Nicholas,
No you do not. The ATO includes a small pump that will pump about 6ft of head pressure.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Dec 5, 2013 7:05:00 AM
Would the sensor fit in the return pump well on an Innovative Marine Nano 8 tank?

It's hard to go away even for a weekend without the sump evaporating dry if you remove the glass top to use an auto feeder.

thanks!


Rick

Question by: Rick on Dec 13, 2013 6:09:00 AM
Hey Rick,
The sensor itself should fit just fine, but it needs to see threw the glass and the back panels on the Nuvo tanks are flat black so it wouldn't be able to see through it. On a tank like yours your best bet would be something like the Elos Osmocontroller which doesn't have to see through the glass and has a small easy to place sensor that will fit just fine in your tank.
http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/catalog/product/view/id/1652/
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Dec 13, 2013 6:09:00 AM
The guys at Reef Builders did a pretty positive review on this ATO (http://reefbuilders.com/2013/12/10/smart-ato-review-perfect-couple-quirks/), but my one concern is shown in the video when power goes out. It appears to keep adding water from the reservoir to the tank/sump. Have you guys tested this out? What could be done to prevent an overflow situation? (I have a UPS, but they only last for so long...).
Question by: Dariush on Dec 12, 2013 3:47:00 AM
Hi Dariush,
If the power goes out, the pump has no power and can't add water to the tank. The only way water would continue to get added to the tank would be if the system was setup incorrectly with the reservoir water level higher then the water level in the location you are dosing too. If this is the case you would be creating a siphon and the water will continue to drain. This would happen not if the power goes out but would happen every single time you pumped water through the lines. This would be the same case with any auto top off system as well, its just the laws of physics :-)

Otherwise though, if the system is setup properly and the power goes out, it won't go pouring a bunch of water into your tank (without any power the pump doesn't even have the ability to pump said water).
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Dec 12, 2013 3:47:00 AM

Full Details

Smart ATO Manual


What's in the Box

  • Controller/Sensor
  • Power Adapter
  • DC Brushless Pump
  • 6.5 Ft of Water Tubing with Universal Holder

DP-200 DC Feed Pump

  • Flow Rate: 74 GPH
  • Power: 4.5W@DC 12V
  • Max Head: ~6.5 Ft (200 cm)
  • Brushless pump design for maintenance-free operation, high speeds - great around electronically sensitive equipment

Manufacturer's Warranty

  1. 1. Product is guaranteed for two years from date of purchase at normal operation
  2. 2. Warranty is not transferable
  3. 3. Any incorrect operation will not be warranted and will result in a repair fee
  4. 4. All warranty repairs are performed by CoralVue
  5. 5. Guarantee is effective at the date listed on your sales receipt

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  • Very good for what it is By Rolf on 8/3/2015

    I use this for my sump-less nano tank, and as far as I know it was/is the best option available. I like the optical sensor, it works very well. A reset option, like another reviewer recommends, would be nice. Would also like the ability to have it actuate any return pump, not just the one included. But it does what it's supposed to, and does it easily and accurately.
  • great small ato By Salvatore on 8/3/2015

    set up and working within 2 minutes of opening the box. very simple installation with easy instructions. Replaced a malfunctioning tunze nano with this unit, and the difference is night and day. love the idea of no moving parts, and the small size is incredible. Great product been running hassle free since I installed it.
  • Not reliable. By Jason on 8/3/2015

    I purchased one through Amazon and after several emails to the seller and to Coralvue with issues Amazon is refunding me my money. Several times in a day this thing faults out and I need to reset it. A few times it has caused the water level in my sump to go too high causing my skimmer to overflow all the crap back into the water. Coralvue sent me a new part that they assumed would fix the problem. Unfortunately that didn't work. Also they said my sump was too crowded... I have just a 20gal sump on my 90 filled with rock, return pump, and my Diablo 160. I moved all my rock in the sump to hopefully give the photo eye a better view to my water level and I still have issues with it. Ordering a Tunze ato soon.
  • Works like it suppose to. By Ray on 7/28/2015

    This is my first ATO I purchased and I was surprised that the installation was easy. And it started filling my sump to the level I set it at. I have only had it for a month so I can't comment on the durability. I figured if you want something that doesn't need attention then you should have a different hobby. This hobby is all about attention to details.
  • wetside rusts By mack on 5/20/2015

    Be careful as the wet side splits, rusts out and cause issues in your tank.
  • spend more money on something better By bryan on 4/30/2015

    pump is very cheap and has had to be replaced twice within 4 months, still to this day I come home to a beeping unit and low water in tank because it cant turn the pump on. Very unreliable, only reason i give 2 stars is that it is an optical auto top off for a good price.
  • Good product By Mike's reef on 3/23/2015

    I used it for 1 day and it broke. It's not turning on. I think it's just a defect which happens. Brs is going to look at it and I trust they will resolve the issue. Can't wait to get it set back up.
  • Great design with one flaw By Nick on 1/14/2015

    This is probably the most simple ATO I've ever used. I've been using the Tunze osmolator for years, wanted to switch it up for my 220G DD. This is simple, set the eye where you want the sump level to be, plug the clear tubing into the nano sized pump that it comes with, plug everything in and thats it. The flaw is when the you use the full length of the tubing and the water level in the reservoir is higher than the sump level. This creates a siphon, easy fix though, just don't use all the tubing and try to not to have your ATO reservoir higher than the sump!
  • Nice but annoying By marion on 1/13/2015

    I like the ATO and it does exactly what I need but the most annoying part about it is that when the RODI water is low and the alert sounds, you have to physically unplug it to reset it after you have filled your reservoir. A button or an automated function that would reset itself would improve this device a ton. So now you need to keep it in a location where you can easily reach it....every day. After reading some of the other reviews and hearing about the high water alert, I wonder if something is wrong with mine because the alert never sounds when there is too much water.
  • Bad Operating Design - OVERFLOW ALARM By Pipe Doctor on 12/25/2014

    I've used mechanical ATO's for several years and work directly off my RO/DI unit and decided to try an electronic ATO. The Tunze was too complicated with poorly written English manual. Then I tried the AutoAqua. Nice with one MAJOR FLAW - I use an Apex Neptune controller and when the system feeds, the return pump turns off and raises the water level in the sump which causes a NON-RESETTABLE overflow error on the ATO. When you feed multiple times a day, this ATO becomes a complete waste. Now I use Avast ATO which I wire directly to my Neptune breakout box which turns on a small pump from my top off water tank. If anyone wants a practically new ATO, look me up on ReefCentral.
  • Worth the wait By Ryan on 11/30/2014

    I waited a couple months for this auto top off to come off of backorder but it was worth the wait this thing works flawlessly and when there is something wrong it lets you know whether it is the eye is blocked or the water is empty to bucket.
  • Works as advertised By Randy on 11/24/2014

    It has been 3 weeks and it has been flawless in my Trigger Systems sump. I do unplug its power when I do water changes,
    so I don't get any alarms when the sump level rises. As soon as The levels are back to normal I plug it back in and it resets and runs normally. Best feature is the small pump which slips right into a 5 gallon Jug with no problem.

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