You get what you pay for? By Brandon on 8/27/13
Brandon wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
After less than a year of actual use on this pump it has failed. It is paired with my reef keeper system, and has been in actual use for 1.5 months .Grinding sound like anything with gears would make during a failure (like grinding gears in a car) pump has power but arm no longer spins. Definitely glad this didn't happen two weeks ago when we were on vacation. I really like bulk reef supply, but this pump is a POS put your $80 towards a better made system.
Does the job. By Andy on 8/15/13
Andy would recommend this product to a friend
Does what it is supposed to. Only have it running a week, so I cannot comment on the quality. Seems to be built nicely.
waste of money By vetdog on 6/27/13
vetdog wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Stopped working soon after warranty.
Good for an ATO but wouldn't use it for KALK. By b on 6/2/13
b would recommend this product to a friend
I'm now on number #2 the first pump lasted 2-3 years it still runs but has a horribly loud grinding sound for the past 6-8 months. Tapping it every once in a while quiets it down but not always. I did have an issue with it not working once but again tapping it got it going again. It's fine for a straight ATO, however I wouldn't run Kalk with it due to all the issues people are having. I would find a more precise way. 1.1ml pumps work amazing, it's a shame the 50ml have so many problems.
The second pump I just received just a few weeks ago already seems a lot better then the first. It's quieter right from the get go. If I can get 3 years out of this one I'll be happy.
Both pumps failed a little after 1 year mark. By PT on 5/24/13
PT wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Both pumps started to grind around 7-8 months and fail right after the 1 year warranty. I called BRS when the pumps started to grind and the help support reassured me that some noise was normal. I called after the pumps failed, mentioning the prior grinding and was assured that the pump was now out of warranty and nothing could be done.
Still good value for the $ even if it fails. By William on 3/29/13
William would recommend this product to a friend
First BRS 50ml dosing pump failed just shy of 2 years. I use exclusively for Kalkwasser at a rate of about 3 gallons per day coupled with a aqua controller for redundancy.
Same reason as others have had, motor runs but the gears no longer strong enough to spin.
After researching for a different pump to replace this failed pump, I came to the conclusion that the higher quality dosing pumps were in the price range of $300.
So knowing that I'm still saving even if I have to replace this pump more often.
Easy, quiet, well built By Anthony on 2/26/13
Anthony would recommend this product to a friend
Use this to dose kalk water on my 150 gallon tank easy to adjust the time when coupled with a digital timer. This is the life line of my tank the heart that's how much trust I have in this product
Died less than 1yr By Hollywood on 2/2/13
Hollywood wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Work great til the gears stripped. Was used for R/O top off water with Neptune controller. Life was cut short just before it's 1st birthday.
pump failed By Steve on 12/23/12
Steve would recommend this product to a friend
I would only recommend if you needed 6 months of use...
used mine for about 6 months then took a break... started using it again this fall then it failed. pump sounds like it is trying to work but the pinch roller will not turn. I was counting on this pump to keep my Ca levels right but I may be looking for a better product.
Steer clear, high failure rate By cardiffgiant on 11/23/12
cardiffgiant wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Mine failed after a few months of normal use. The motor turned, but the rollers did not. It was under warranty and BRS replaced it quickly. There are a handful of failures with these pumps with members of my local reef club. I recommend steering clear.
Accurate, Easy, and Fairly Priced By Calvin on 10/26/12
Calvin would recommend this product to a friend
I have purchased several of these pumps for dripping Kalkwasser from my resevoir to top off tank from evaporation. The pumps are xtremely accurate and easy to set up. I have owned for almost a year and its still working just as well as it did on day 1.
DIED after 1 year of use By AB on 9/24/12
AB wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I used these pumps for my ATO and these worked great for a year, but than one died and i replaced it with a spare pump, which died in about 2 weeks. When works are great, but for that kind of money, I would expect better durability.
Good Item By Andre on 8/14/12
Andre would recommend this product to a friend
Does what it is supposed and does it well
Nice Pump does what it should By Andre on 8/14/12
Andre would recommend this product to a friend
Just a nice item and the distance it can pump is amazing
Decent performance, a little loud By Joshua on 7/25/12
Joshua would recommend this product to a friend
I don't know what this pump sounds like when it's mounted outside of a wooden stand, but it's pretty loud when it's mounted inside of one. I use it to dose my kalk on an Apex, and it performs like clockwork every 30 minutes. It was also a little bit bigger than I expected, coming in at ~4hx3wX4d (inches). It gets the job done, but I think it would be a much better value at the sale price permanently.
Perfect for Application By TW on 7/21/12
TW would recommend this product to a friend
I purchased this for my Biocube 29 and it has been running perfectly for several months. As referenced in the description of the product there is some associated noise but for the amount of time the doser runs it is not an issue.
Working well so far By David on 7/18/12
David would recommend this product to a friend
I have 3 of these, plus two of the 1.1 ml per minute pumps. I guess I'm all in. Working well so far. I use one of these for my auto top off. The other two I use as a automatic water changer. They run 20 minutes every 6 hours, one in each direction. My outflow pulls water from 15 feet away, and pushes in agains their ceiling another 20 feet to the drain. Tough little pumps. Time will tell on durability I guess.
Not durable. By freds on 7/4/12
freds wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
The pump died out very quickly, only lasted a few weeks. A shame, poorly built... What a waste of money, time and effort.
Great product By Me on 6/22/12
Me would recommend this product to a friend
After trying multiple Tom's Aquatic Aqua Lifter pumps with each one failing to work I bought one of these and love it. I used industrial strength velcro to attach it to the stand, to me its quiet. However, it is in a fish room and the noise is probably drowned out by the other pumps.
Great top off pump By James on 5/21/12
James would recommend this product to a friend
I needed a pump that would easily pump about 15' of head from my basement, this one did the trick. Easy to install and has been running flawlessly.
Not durable By Doug on 5/13/12
Doug wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I have had two of these pumps fail after a couple of months use. The motor is ok, but the gears must be cheap. In both cases, the motor turns, but the pinch rollers do not;.
So far so good By Keith on 4/21/12
Keith would recommend this product to a friend
I actually bought two of these because I saw some of the other reviews where they had broken down. From the initial setup point of view, these devices are thick front-to-back. I am mounting these to a wall rather than a stand and I will likely cut out the dry wall to embed them as the back is about the same depth as a dry wall electrical box. I was concerned they would stick out so far they would get bumped and ripped off the wall. Very sturdy feeling.
Overall one of the best ato pumps By OBB on 4/17/12
OBB would recommend this product to a friend
Fast enough to keep but not so fast it changes water chemistry rapidly ! The one and only flaw I have noticed w/ it is fairly loud on initial kick in, but not to loud it's livable other than that amazing ato pump guys !!!
Broken - gears stripped By Nytewatch on 4/1/12
Nytewatch wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Bought one of these to use as a top off pump 3 months ago. It broke this weekend - gears are stripped inside. I see this has happened to others. It's a very simple design, took it apart and its just a simple motor that turns the two tumblers. Testing my finger lightly against one of the tumblers showed stopped it completely (motor turning, but tumbler assembly slipping). It appears the gears inside are cheap and that is the problem with these.