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Nice idea, but needs work By Scott on 11/19/2014Scott wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI bought this for my 180 gallon and have it installed in my 125 gallon sump. I have to reset this thing daily. What I've found is that anytime there is an overflow condition the alarm goes off as expected, however once the overflow is corrected, it doesn't reset itself. For example, I have an Apex controller that turns off the return pump during feedings, which increases the water volume in the sump (causing the overflow condition). After the feeding cycle has completed and the water level restored to normal in the sump, the ATO stays in the alarm state. So it won't top off until reset. Which is usually when I get home so my salinity levels increase during the day, then drop back down quickly once I reset.
If your water level in your sump remains fairly constant, go for it. If not, then go with something else.
Small accurate and smart! By jeremy on 11/1/2014jeremy would recommend this product to a friendThis entire ato is really small. The optical eye can fit in the smallest of sumps or Nanos. The pump is small yet powerful and will fit into just about any change opening you have in mind. I can't imagine this ato taking anyone longer that 2 mins to install. It let's you feel confident that accidents will not Happen. I test things cause I believe an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This ato will not let itself run for longer than a min with out throwing an alarm. It alarms when it needs water too. Basically it knows it's job and how to do it. It will always error to not add water. Price. Size. Reliability. Intelligence. An easy choice in the world of faulty float switches and over complicated units. Buy this one and save the hassle of the other brands.
Works like a charm By chris on 10/25/2014chris would recommend this product to a friendI bought this ATO 6 months ago and it has worked just as advertised. I really like how it tops off the water often and in small amounts. Its very quiet and SUPER easy to install. The only downside of the system is that the power cord for the pump is pretty short. You can buy an extension for 20 bucks though. I liked it so much i bought a second one for my other tank. i did have a problem with the second where it sensed that the water was low and started pumping in water and never stopped. I contacted the company and i had a replacement in my mail box in 3 days. amazing product.
overfilling condition fix By Patrick on 10/20/2014Patrick would recommend this product to a friendCON: instruction manual didn't tell you everything.
PRO: easy to install, no moving parts (float switches) smart controller.
FIX: must overflow conditions occurs do to siphon not breaking from reserve tank to sump, or aquarium. Using the right amount of return tubing and running your line so the siphon breaks after a fill prevents over fill errors. NOTE: as with any ATO I advise you never have too big of an reserve, only enough so you don't cause salinity issues.
So Simple but robust By CodeWorker on 10/2/2014CodeWorker would recommend this product to a friendAfter reading many about many other products i got this one. very simple to hook up, easy to use, and works with out any floats. It does keep track of how much water is pumped. so if it goes over that amount it will shut off and beep to let you know there is a problem. I have had it work and protect me from adding to much fresh water when i did a water change. i forgot to shut it off and after it added the normal 2 cups it stopped and beeped. it tops off quick and has worked flawless for 6 months now. I am planing on using one on a 16 gallon nano tank soon.
Keep Simple easy By SRomero on 9/25/2014SRomero would recommend this product to a friendIt's been a year and rocking, not a single beep after installation,simple way to get everything on the perfect level, not frustrating issues with the skimmer, miniature size and 100% reliable.
Great product By Paulf757 on 9/1/2014Paulf757 would recommend this product to a friendVery simple setup.
Boom!!! set it up in less than 2 minutes out the box and.... By TD on 8/28/2014TD would recommend this product to a friendit works too! yes more expensive but super easy, appears to be reliable, and good for reefers like me that aren't too "tech-eee" and don't wanna worry about 2 float switches and keeping them working properly. just do it, do it.
awesomeness By ReeferDre on 8/15/2014ReeferDre would recommend this product to a friendI've used a good amount of ATO over the years and this is by far the easiest to set up,use, and clean. The directions could be a bit better but as a product itself absolutely awesome. I wish all reefing products worked as well as this. I have replaced the all ATO's I have with these.
Works as described, no problems here and easy set up!!! By Michael on 8/6/2014Michael would recommend this product to a friendSet up was super easy, I installed it, tested it, and have been using it problem free. I needed a good ATO to stabilize water levels in sump. I'm using it on Aqueon Proflex Sump #3 and its a great addition. My OCD made me use some 3m stickies on the output tubing holder instead of screwing it on the acrylic and it holds great! Ya, it's rockin' like Dokken lol!
Works awesome in Picotope By Ben on 7/18/2014Ben would recommend this product to a friendI have this ATO in my picotope and it always keeps the water level within 1/4" in the tank. Pump is quiet and I've never experienced the beeping issues that other's have talked about.
My no hassle procedure for a water change is:
-Turn off ATO
-Replace water to level where I want it
-Turn ATO on
Done, no alarms or anything like that - going on 6 months with this unit.
Durring setup you love it but then... By shawn on 7/2/2014shawn wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThe safety features sound great but seem to also cause headaches. It is set with a 48 hr no fill alarm that isn't mentioned in the booklet. After setup if it's not activated to fill within the 48 hrs the alatm goes of with blue light. The book says the blue light means misalignment or the lense needs to be cleaned. So you clean it and check alignment, reset it by pulling out power plug. 48 hrs it goes off again. If your tank doesn't evaporate that quickly I dont see a way around this repetitive annoying alarm. It could be a very nice little ATO but appears to be to smart for my setup.
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Previously Asked Questions
by Carlos on February 2, 2014, @3:00 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?
Bulk Reef Supply 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.
by Erik on December 5, 2013, @6:38 AM
Will it hurt the pump if it runs dry? Obviously this is not a situation I want, but it happens.
Bulk Reef Supply 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.
by Steve on December 8, 2013, @2:42 AM
Any chance I can hook up a different pump, like a peristaltic?
Bulk Reef Supply 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).
by Rick on December 13, 2013, @6:09 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.
Bulk Reef Supply 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.
by Steve on February 19, 2014, @12:35 PM
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?
Bulk Reef Supply 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.
by nicholas on December 5, 2013, @7:05 AM
Do u have to buy a seperate
Pump for this?
Bulk Reef Supply Hi Nicholas,
No you do not. The ATO includes a small pump that will pump about 6ft of head pressure.
by Dariush on December 12, 2013, @3:47 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...).
Bulk Reef Supply 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).
by James on February 10, 2014, @8:44 AM
what are the dimensions of the pump? is it small enough to fit through the opening of a 5 gallon jug
Bulk Reef Supply Hi James,
Its a bit shy of 2x2x1.5!
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