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The max head pressure on the included pump is about 7ft. It likely wouldn't be well suited to this application. That said though, you can get the additional switch socket adapter which would allow you to control any pump via the osmolator system. That way you can use a pump that can handle the head pressure.
In theory it could present a problem but the circuitry in the Osmolator should help to prevent that. Every time the ATO is triggered it runs for a minimum of 15 seconds. It adds overfill to prevent short cycling. In most cases this should be sufficient unless the height of your waves is constantly changing.
The pump on the osmolator has a max head height of 7ft.
Head pressure is the maximum height that the pump can push water vertically. If your tank is higher than the Head height listed this will not be able to work. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
This will work great in the back of a nuvo 30! Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
The diameter of the pump is just under 2" this is how wide the cap will need to be in order to allow the pump to pass through.
This will be 4" long, 2.5" wide and 1" thick. it will require a Velcro pad to stick or to be used with double sided tape.
The optical eye sensor will usually sense and fill within the range of 1/4" Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
If you have calibrated the pump to maximum output and it is still unable to keep up you will want to ensure the pump is filling the proper amount. It may be that the head height (the vertical height the pump has to push the water) could be too high or other pump related problems. We have used the osmolator on larger systems with quite heavy evaporation with great luck. If the issues continue you will want to contact Tunze directly to see if the pump is working correctly! I have included their contact information below!
Tunze – 512-833-7546 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Tunze Osmolator is an entirely self sufficient system. It is perfectly fine to connect the Osmolator to one of the Apex's power outlets incase you wanted to cut the power for some reason (like when you are doing a water change) though the Apex isn't capable of reading the Osmolator's sensors or anything of that sort.
The 3155 will have 2 sensors the mechanical float and the optical eye. The 3152 will only come with the mechanical float switch. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
The max head pressure on the osmolator pump is 7ft.
This osmolator will run for typically 10-15 minutes in a dry container. eventually the controller will sense that it has not filled in a timely manner and should turn the system off. if this continues to not be filled there may be red flashing on the controller. For direct assistance you will want to contact Tunze directly!
The power supply has 12V, 1600mA maximum output, connected to a watt meter with the pump running, the draw at the outlet is generally around 8W at 115V with the pump running. The entire system uses 1-1.5A at 12V depending on pump speed setting and head pressure.
The Osmolator actually comes with the pump right in the package so you don't need to buy one!
Just wondering if I need 2 ATO. I know you can place it either in the sump or in the tank, but my question is if I place it in the sump will it also refill my tank in that process. I don't see that happening but if it does please let me know.
If you have a sump, it MUST go in the sump, in the chamber where your return pump is. This is the only area of your tank that will have a changing water level depending on evaporation (unless its far too late!). Only one ATO would be necessary but it must go in that location if you have a sump.
We run into very few issues with these but after that length of time I would imagine its possible for any component to fail. We don't have individual parts like the optical eye, but if you give Roger and company a shout over at Tunze USA, he might. At the very least he could likely help you narrow down exactly what it is. The number I have for them is 512-833-7546 email@example.com
That is correct. Its a submersible pump that gets stuck right into the top off water. If your interested in this ATO system you should give this blog article a quick read. It goes into a lot more detail on the system (which is one of my favorites).
The Tunze Osmolator 3155 is one of the safest ATO’s available. It utilizes an electronic eye sensor to monitor water levels and a backup float switch sensor with an optional audible alarm. The controller protects the quiet metering pump from running dry and reports an empty storage tank. Two magnetic holders for sensors and multiple mounting brackets included as well as a pump.
LED indicator lights the Osmolator will allow you to visually see if their are any issues with your top off system.
Two technologies of water level monitoring, and built in safety back-ups.
The optical eye sensor will keep the water level very steady to keep the salinity from fluctuating in your aquarium. The Osmolator does work well with kalkwasser.
Max Head Height: 7.2 ft
Note: With any pump, kalkwasser can cause premature wear. New pumps are available at a very reasonable price.
NISE By PETRO on 5/19/2017PETRO would recommend this product to a friendYOU'LL SLEEP WELL WITH IT
Great product and easy instalation By Bill on 5/18/2017Bill would recommend this product to a friendOnly had this ATO a few months now. It was very easy to install. Everything seems to be working fine no issues other than one day the alarm was going off. After only a few months of running apparently the electric I had something on it and so when I wiped it off the alarm stopped. The alarm was going off because the ATO started running and increase the water level in the song so good thing it had the secondary shut off and it shut it off that set off the alarm. Great safety feature seems to be a great ATO and I'm very happy.
Good quality product; easy to install By Nam on 5/9/2017Nam would recommend this product to a friendThis ATO works very nicely and is ready to use with a few simple installation steps. It comes with everything (ie. pump and tubing) so all you have to do is drop the pump into your water reservoir, set the sensor, and plug in the ATO.
Loving it! By Joshua on 5/8/2017Joshua would recommend this product to a friendI was recommended this by a fellow reefer and I'm glad he did. It's quiet and i haven't had any problems with it at all, yet. I would go with anything else.
Works Great By Dave on 4/20/2017Dave would recommend this product to a friendEasy to use and setup, works great!
EASY INSTALL WORK LIKE A CHARM By Red on 4/13/2017Red would recommend this product to a friendI got this one in from BRS and nice easy install and works like a charm. just be careful of the magnets you get those stuck they are a pain to pull apart. tip leave them on the foam until you need to put on tank.
Great product By Flea on 4/4/2017Flea would recommend this product to a friendWorks great keeps water lol steady
It works By Brian on 4/3/2017Brian would recommend this product to a friendIt's impossible to say whether this is a quality product after only owning it for a month, it's brand new so I would fully expect it ro work and do everything as advertised. I'll just have to wait and see how it functions 2 or 3 years from now. I can say that it was easy to setup and has functioned properly so far. I purchased this ATO really just for times when I'm away from home and can't manually top off my tank. I prefer to manaually fill the tank each morning after I test the salinity. I'm going to have to either fill the ATO reservior or the tank, may as well just fill the tank. I bought this unit because it was the most expensive and had the best reviews. Time will tell if it was worth the investment.
Reliable! By Leo on 3/27/2017Leo would recommend this product to a friendI bought this ATO about a year ago...no problems and has worked flawlessly ever since. After I got it, I wondered why the heck I waited so long to get it.
Great Addition By Mike on 3/15/2017Mike would recommend this product to a friendThis is a must have product. I have a 3155 and 3152. They took a little effort to dial in but once set they have worked flawless. I no longer worry about checking daily water levels. I fill the reservoir once a week and let the system do the rest.
It Works Now By RobertP on 3/14/2017RobertP wouldn't recommend this product to a friendRead and heard many good things about this ATO prior to purchasing. Hooked it all up and got my sump level where I wanted and it woke me up the first night screaming about too much water. I check it and the ATO DUMPED TOO MUCH WATER! WTH! I unplugged it and left it for the day. Not sure if the sensor needed to sit in my water or what but since then it has worked perfectly. I turned the alarm off because it screams when the water gets too high...every time you go into feed mode because the sump level rises when the return pump is turned off...annoying.
One thing I REALLY DISLIKE is the pump is supposed to turn off if the container runs out of water. This is NOT THE CASE. I got up real early one morning to hear a whinning from my tank. Turns out the ATO pump was running dry and not shutting off. I checked the dial and it is in the middle so it should have shut off after a short time....
Just a piece of advice, do not make the hose from the pump to your sump too long into the sump. My container and sump are the same height and it will create a suction and pull the water out of the container until it levels out. Did this the first time and it pulled 3 gallons out. :)
If I had it to do over again I would not buy this since I have an apex now.
My Go To Auto Top Off By Alex on 3/13/2017Alex would recommend this product to a friendI've had several different auto top offs from various manufacturers on my tank and this one is by far the most consistent and reliable. Not only is the set up easy, it just works. This is a plug, play and forget as it doesn't require any extra thought. It provides warnings, has back up redundancy built in and never overfills. Buy this and don't look back.