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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.
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).
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.
The pump is included with the ATO :-)
Can I buy replacement magnets and swap them out before they go bad? Or could the sensor module be siliconed to the tank instead of using a magnet?
Replacement components can be found through CoralVue.com directly. As for modification it may work but we cannot recommend for replacement and warranty purposes.
What is the length of the cord that runs from the smart controller to the DC pump?
The cord for the power supply is 48" and the cord to the pump is 72".
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.
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!
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.
It sticks out from the outside of the glass by just shy of 2"
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.
Its a bit shy of 2x2x1.5!
Pump for this?
No you do not. The ATO includes a small pump that will pump about 6ft of head pressure.
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.
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.
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).
What's in the Box
- Power Adapter
- DC Brushless Pump
- 6.5 Ft of 5/16" ID 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
- 1. Product is guaranteed for two years from date of purchase at normal operation
- 2. Warranty is not transferable
- 3. Any incorrect operation will not be warranted and will result in a repair fee
- 4. All warranty repairs are performed by CoralVue
- 5. Guarantee is effective at the date listed on your sales receipt
DON'T BUY NOT A QUALITY PRODUCT By Terry on 6/27/2016Terry wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI have had the ATO by AUTOAQUA for almost 1 year. During this time I had to put of with numerous false alarms each week and had to unplug and plug it back in to get it to work. Then it started to run and not shut off. It almost overfilled my sump on several occasions and would empty the fresh supply and the pump would keep running when the water was 4 inches above the control unit. It upset the salt balance in my tank and caused stress to my corals and fish. I contacted the customer service rep, they have no phone contact so I had to do it by e mail. I explained the unit would start of fill the sump and continue to pump water into it until the fresh water was empty and the sump was at overflow level and the pump would continue to run dry until I unplugged it. I had questions from the rep over a week, the rep was determined it was a syphon problem - what part of the pump will not shut off is so hard to understand. Finally he said he would send a new controller but they were out and would send the request to the shipping department and send one when they get it in. That was about a month ago and I am still waiting.
The product is not high quality and the customer service is worse - avoid this product.
Probably Not By pet22 on 5/18/2016pet22 would recommend this product to a friendI guess the right question to ask is would i buy this again and the answer is no. That being said - it ran for over a year just fine. Then the Wet side Magnet split the case and rusted. This caused the lens to be clouded and faulty readings. Apparently there customer service is going to replace the item. If they do that for me goes a long way as I made the claim just over the 2 year point. It has a 2 year warranty.
Personally I love the idea of the size and how it actually works, price point is ok, just seems they need some improvements in their manufacturing.
Awesome and reliable By A Orf on 3/31/2016A Orf would recommend this product to a friendI don't know why anyone would give this a bad review. I think it may be user error or a flawed system, but mine has been absolutely perfect.
Excellent By Tully on 1/7/2016Tully would recommend this product to a friendSimple to set up. Over two years with no problems.
Frustrating alarm-do not buy! By jammerdave on 1/7/2016jammerdave wouldn't recommend this product to a friendAlarm goes off everyday- pain in the *** , thought this was supposed to make things easier
Awful By Greg on 11/20/2015Greg wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI have given up on it after 3 months. Once a week the alarm goes off and it shuts down. Once every few weeks it goes wild and overflows. No Rhyme or reason to the failures. Far more trouble than it is worth!
Look elsewhere probably By Jim on 11/6/2015Jim wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI have had mine for a year. I don't trust it. I have it on a timer on my RED SEA 130 which automatically resets it once a week at midnight by shutting off the power for 5 minutes and rebooting it. If i leave for a trip, i set that to once ever other day.
its very picky about amount of water it adds time to time and will fault out if the tank level is changed by maintenance or something. lets say a hand in the tank to fix a coral, or rock will result in an error and it shuts down. I'll never buy a second one. But its small, so far the pump keeps keeps chugging along and i just keep a very close eye on it twice a day and reset it if i think its acting up. Good idea but a small range of tanks will work with this unit. Sump level has to stay constant. A simple feed mode or something would render it useless on a typical apex system setup since the sump level would change randomly and all of a sudden and give it an error. Its tracks how much it runs every time and runs a self safety program that allows for a small error between the last n next dose time/ amount which is the root of my main issue with it and out weights the idea of the safty that could result form such a idea. I have come home to beeping many many times and left me dry several times, but never over dosed the tank with ATO thus far.
Easy By Abraham on 9/6/2015Abraham would recommend this product to a friendVery easy setup and connection
Very good for what it is By Rolf on 8/3/2015Rolf would recommend this product to a friendI 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 8/3/2015Salvatore would recommend this product to a friendset 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 8/3/2015Jason wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI 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 7/28/2015Ray would recommend this product to a friendThis 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.