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Works good when it works.. By Mark on 8/18/2014Mark wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI bought two of these pumps for a future build I had coming up. After buying the new house, I started the build and installed these pumps Fed 2014. Used them for ATO since my RODI was in the basement. They worked great for that purpose. Now, one has already gone out. The gears stripped in it and the head no longer turns. So its only August 2014 and I didn't even get a year out of them but since I bought them over a year ago, Im past warranty. Warranty is not the issue, but paying 80 for a pump and only getting that long out of it when its only on maybe twice a day for 10 min at a time is not good. So I guess Im going to have to go a different way. The pump works good, never had an issue, its just the time you get out of it.. And after reading the reviews, Im not the only one with this problem.. So seems to be BRS might want to figure out what is up with the gears stripping out and fix it.. Just hope my second one on my other tank lasts long enough for me to come up with a better system..
Great for top offs By Brent on 8/16/2014Brent would recommend this product to a friendI bought this to suck from a 5 gallon RO/DI top off container and connected it to a timer to come on an intervals throughout the day. I have a HOT skimmer that requires a nearly constant water level to operate effectively, and this top off doser does that perfectly. I am very happy with this product. Please do be aware, though, that as the description stated, if you mount this inside of a cabinet (like I did), you can hear it when it is running.
Works great! By Brooks on 6/30/2014Brooks would recommend this product to a friendGot product installed mounted without any issues. A bit slower than I expected but does the job flawlessly. Have it hooked up through a Apex IO Breakout box.
Great ATO pump By Moni on 6/26/2014Moni would recommend this product to a friendThis pump has been a great ATO solution for me - the lack of siphon and ability to raise a good head let me put my reservoir in a closet, well away from my display tank. The previous aqua lifting pump I had used couldn't even get water raised from the floor into the tank, so I had to leave my ATO jug on a shelf or chair to give it a head start.
I've been using this for a month now with no problems.
Overall good so far By Justin on 4/29/2014Justin would recommend this product to a friendI bought the 50ml top off pump and won a pair of 1.1ml dosers so I am using all three for a couple months now. No complaints yet, a little noise but running in the basement offers no issues for me. I hope to get more than a year out of these otherwise I would have to agree with the others above. Limited lifetime doesn't sound too appealing but I like them so far.
don't buy. By mike d nyc on 3/19/2014mike d nyc wouldn't recommend this product to a friendi bought this pump to push RO/DI from my reservoir through a kalk-stirrer. a peristaltic pump with a regular rate connected to a controller seems like a safer choice than relying on a variable rate of evaporation dictating when and how much kalkwasser is introduced into my system which would have been the scenario if i just piggybacked the kalk-stirrer onto my level-sensing ato. the reasonable price and italian-origin of the pump made it easy to pull the trigger. and since many people might be considering this setup, i'll offer my experience as a warning:
from the very beginning, the pump immediately made a moderate grinding noise when activated. within days, the noise had intensified some. i contacted BRS to ask if this was normal for this unit. the BRS rep asked if i'd been running the pump for extended periods of time... which i had not. he explained that this pump was meant to run for "30-40 minutes" at a clip. i'd never exceeded this runtime but after hearing this, i took note that the pump housing got very warm after a few minutes of use. the grinding noise continued to get worse and increased to the point where it was clearly audible over the other ambient sounds of my reef despite being buried inside a stand made of 3/4" plywood and lined with sound absorbing foam sheets. and so i arranged to exchange the pump for an identical replacement.
the replacement pump makes a very loud "clunk" sound whenever it activates, but does not have the grinding sound of its predecessor. the clunk, however, is sufficient to cause featherdusters and coco worms to retract, startle my fish, and annoy my wife. also, it being unadvisable to run this pump for more than 30-40 minutes without a cooldown period made it insufficient for my needs.
unfortunately, BRS says i'm past the 30-day return window and so i'm not eligible for a refund. i won't editorialize further except to say that despite being out $90, i'm going to throw this pump in the trash rather than risk using a product that doesn't do the job i require of it, and that i don't trust at all.
i'm always optimistic when a manufacturer resists the urge to bang out junk in a chinese sweatshop - and i'm happy to pay more for a better product made by skilled workers earning a fair wage - but this pump and its replacement were completely useless.
Awesome so fa By Reefercraze83 on 3/12/2014Reefercraze83 would recommend this product to a friendThis pump is working great so far. Minimal noise from gears. Much better than I was expecting from reading reviews prior to purchase. I use it as top off so it's precision does not need to be exact. But I love not having to top off by hand. We will see its longevity and hopefully my review will stand. Really easy to install.
Gears stripped. By Jon on 2/14/2014Jon wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI like the pump but this is the second one I've owned in two years both of them the gears stripped out. The 1.1 ml pumps work Great had them for two years with no problems
Great Dosing System By Steve on 2/13/2014Steve would recommend this product to a friendI bought 2 pumps and calibrated their flow at 1.2 ml/min each. They are working flawlessly.
Great Pumps Great Price By DIYReefer on 2/13/2014DIYReefer would recommend this product to a friendI really like these pumps for ATO on tanks up to 150 Gallons. Anything tanks larger than that with a lot of evaporation will work these pumps for hours. At least it did on my 700 gallon system.
CON-- The last one I ordered did not have the mounting plate in the box. I contacted Customer Service and did not get a response back.
Pump Failed By Jason on 2/10/2014Jason wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThis is the second pump in less than 2 years. First one the gears stripped out on it. This one completely Froze on me. Haven't had time to take it apart yet.
They Should last longer than 1 year. Guess I will look at a different brand
Good paired with my reefkeeper to ATO By Mtthbrook on 2/9/2014Mtthbrook would recommend this product to a friendWorking great to ATO with my reefkeeper I set it to run for 5 minutes once the switch calls for water. So far so good
Previously Asked Questions
by william on July 6, 2014, @10:15 AM
Hi, can i hook up this pump to my ro di low pressure tank? for auto top off.
Bulk Reef Supply Hi William,
When you say low pressure tank, is it a pressurized tank at all, or is it what we would call an "atmospheric" tank like a barrel or bucket? The later would not be any issue at all.
by Greg on March 11, 2014, @4:24 AM
what size of tubing does this pump use?
Bulk Reef Supply Hi Greg,
The pump does come with plenty of tubing but if you needed more 1/4" tubing like 1/4" RO tubing works really well.
by Steve on March 12, 2014, @7:05 AM
Does the reservoir have to be above or below the pump/tank for this to work?
Bulk Reef Supply For this particular pump it doesn't matter as they won't create a siphon, though its always best practice to pump from a lower position to a higher position to make sure there isn't any risk of a siphon should something go wrong.
by Scott on January 20, 2014, @4:41 AM
I have a 36 gallon with no sump (using CPR Aguafuge 2 HOB). Is it possible to mount this below the display and pump up to the main tank? I'm not sure what kind of suction/pressure this provides.
I have this temporarily mounted next to the display, but I'd like to clear up my 'install'.
I'd also like to start into 2 part with the 1.1ml versions and was wondering if I could do the same with them, mount them under the main display and pump up the 26-30 inches total (from stand to display via tubing).
Bulk Reef Supply Hi Scott,
Its not a problem at all to mount the pumps below the tank. They will easily draw up a standard tank height and they will push up to 20ft of head pressure. It would be no problem with the 1.1mL models either!
by jordan on November 30, 2013, @2:49 PM
What are the general dimensions of the body of the BRS top off doser 50ml/min ?
Bulk Reef Supply Hey Jordan,
It measures about 4.5"x3.5" and about 4.5" tall.
BRS Top Off Doser Specs
- 20 ft max head
- 50mL/min flow rate is ideal for most top off systems
- Will not back siphon
- Precision two roller design extends pump life
- 12 month tube life (at 4 hours of use per day)
- 12 month Bulk Reef Supply warranty on pump motor and head
- Includes 17 ft of tubing, mounting bracket, and directions
BRS Top Off Dosers are intermittent duty pumps and not meant for continuous operation. We recommend on/off cycles under a few hours to maximize life span. This is a higher RPM motor than the BRS 2 Part Doser and may make a small amount of noise in operation but is much quieter than most dosing pumps in this flow rate range. Mounting the pump to the inside of a wooden stand will amplify sound.
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