Not trustworthy = not a good investment By Sawyer on 6/18/2017
Sawyer wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I have had this JBJ ATO running on my tank for just around a year now and there are two main problems with it.
First, the float switches get gunked up easily which causes them to stick in position, this makes it where the pump will either continue to run until the ATO auto shut turns it off, or the ATO won't turn on because the switch is stuck up.
This problem leads into the second one, which is the auto shutoff timer should be more flexible. I have turned it to the longest time but even then half the time it only runs for a minute and then will activate the timer. It isn't reliable and here recently there have been several times when, luckily, I have caught my water level dipping very low.
Overall I would suggest forking over the extra money for a system that is more reliable and doesn't have these design flaws.
JBJ ATO Controller By Allen on 5/6/2017
Allen would recommend this product to a friend
I have had no problems at all with this controller, it is working as expected
it works By Dave on 3/31/2017
Dave would recommend this product to a friend
My 1st one came with the used set up I got and it lasted a year for me (I have no idea how old it was)...I figured I get the same one cause I have some spare parts now....it works as it should...ask me again in a year..
My last ATO! By brad on 3/3/2017
brad would recommend this product to a friend
I've been through several other ATO systems and all have failed. I've been using this product now without a single issue. This kit gives you flexibility in setup to meet specific needs. Very well thought out product.
good for the price By triad696 on 3/3/2017
triad696 would recommend this product to a friend
Been using it for 6 weeks and no problems,but , as with ANY automated system, ALWAYS check on it. Automation is not for setting and forgetting, it's to make the little chores less tedious and to make your tank consistent. I use multiple automation systems, when you feed the tank, check the systems.
good top unit for the price By Denbf58 on 12/15/2016
Denbf58 would recommend this product to a friend
just received my second unit for another tank my first one has been working just fine for 3 years now bang for the buck this is a good unit .
I should have trusted negative reviews By Steve16046 on 12/9/2016
Steve16046 wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I bought this because of the BRS video recommendation and being the eternal optimist I elected to ignore the negative reviews here. I was hoping that either they were isolated instances or perhaps the product was since improved. It wouldn't happen to me anyway. Well I had it installed for just 2-3 weeks and it stopped working. I suspect the float switch that tells the unit to deliver more water, and was causing my sump pump to suck air. For me (and my fish and corals) this could have been a serious problem since this tank is in my office and I am not here on the weekends. Had I not noticed it, my main pump would likely have burned out and disaster would have followed. To the credit of BRS, they stood behind the product and got me out a replacement promptly. But I will start looking for another solution, since now I won't trust this product. The float switches seemed to be very cheap and poor quality, which is a shame because they are probably the key to this product performing dependably.
Worked Sorta By Jamie on 12/3/2016
Jamie wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Like others have said. Its okay I guess but don't trust it with your tank. It will randomly decide to stop working and then your tank won't fill. If you're always around its not terrible but when you work 80 hours a week like me then you quickly get your tank 10 gallons of water short and with a salinity through the roof.
As advertised fits in back of JBJ 6 Gallon By JBJ6Reef on 6/24/2016
JBJ6Reef would recommend this product to a friend
I use this in my JBJ 6 gallon reef tank. The float sensor fits in the middle back compartment after I removed the original media.
Decent ATO when it works, not reliable for long trips By Michael on 6/2/2016
Michael would recommend this product to a friend
I've had this ATO about 2.5 years now. It's decently reliable, however, sometimes it just stops working, its like it will get past the float valve and just not try to fill any more. Usually I can go 3-4 days with it working, and then it stops, I'll come home after not being there for 5 days and I'm about to run dry in my pump. It's a shame, since I'd like to be able to leave for 5+ days without worrying about the tank running dry. I would recommend it for people who had time and are around enough to catch it not working. I've swapped float sensors, but went back to the original, because the new one shorted out or something.