don't buy. By mike d nyc on 3/19/14
mike d nyc wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
i 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 3/13/14
Reefercraze83 would recommend this product to a friend
This 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 2/14/14
Jon wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I 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 2/13/14
Steve would recommend this product to a friend
I bought 2 pumps and calibrated their flow at 1.2 ml/min each. They are working flawlessly.
Great Pumps Great Price By DIYReefer on 2/13/14
DIYReefer would recommend this product to a friend
I 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 2/10/14
Jason wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
This 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 2/9/14
Mtthbrook would recommend this product to a friend
Working great to ATO with my reefkeeper I set it to run for 5 minutes once the switch calls for water. So far so good
Great For The Price By Kyle on 1/31/14
Kyle would recommend this product to a friend
As the title says, It's a great product for the price. No problems at all. Functions beautifully! My 1 complaint(If Any) would be it is a little noisy. Honestly, It isn't a big deal in my case. Otherwise, I love the doser. I would recommend it to anyone looking for one.
Nice pump, when it's working.... By dougers31 on 1/22/14
dougers31 wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I've had my brs dosing pump in use for maybe a couple years under very limited use as it only ran for 30-45 minutes once a day. Gears finally went out on it(they sounded terrible for the last 8 months or so). If you get this pump on sale it's probably a decent buy but otherwise $90 for a 1-2 yr pump isn't so great.
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.
Works for me!! By Eric on 3/24/12
Eric would recommend this product to a friend
I'm using it on a controller as my ATO pump. I like that it doesn't clog which is a bonus since I have kalk in my ATO resevior. I can't comment on why it's failed for others. However, per the instructions, it specifically says that this pump is only supposed to run intermittently and NOT continously. Another note is that it sounded like a freight train when I mounted it to the back of my wood stand. You'll want to put something soft between it and your stand to cushion the vibration if you go this route.
awesome pump. accurate too. By Rob on 2/22/12
Rob would recommend this product to a friend
I have three of these and am just looking for an excuse to buy another. I also have the 1.1ml/m version. It's very good too but achingly slow compared to this one. Each has their own use, of course, I just kind of wish there were an intermediate speed (or two) between the 1.1 and 50.
shame on you BRS By Chris on 1/25/12
Chris wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I had this pump for about a month and it failed. I was told I had to send it in with the RMA and they would send out a new one. There is no advance exchange offer. Really BRS look in to this. Most big company have this option. I was very disappointed with this hole thing. So I order another to keep as a spare.
Broke again-3rd pump By Branden on 1/15/12
Branden wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Third pump, third pump failure. Read my previous review. This one lasted at least lasted a year and half give or take thankfully. So now 2 years from my first purchase and I've been through 3 of these pumps, all broken. Took one apart, the gears in the motor are plastic and are stripping. Pretty cheap. Anyways, most seem to be having good luck with them so take this for what you will but be warned, they may not last all that long. Too bad too because when they work they do a good job, just very undependable for $100.
Perfect for auto top off systems By Cord on 1/15/12
Cord would recommend this product to a friend
This is perfect for any auto top off system. i use it to also dose kalkwasser
Workhorse By Ian on 12/26/11
Ian would recommend this product to a friend
I have three of these -- two for automated water exchange (2g/night) and one for topoff (2-4g/day). One recently broke (the pump head became uncoupled from the pump motor) and BRS replaced it no question. Compared to other dosing pumps this is a great deal -- relatively quiet (it does make some minor noise), great price.
great! By denis on 11/24/11
denis would recommend this product to a friend
have been using the doser w/ my kalk stirrer and it has been working precisely. good for 1.5 gallons of top off per day or more if needed. works great!
Excellent By Adam on 10/8/11
Adam would recommend this product to a friend
This is a very good auto top off pump. I have this directly pulling water from my 50 gallon reservoir. The pump is very strong and consistent. This was way better than using a mag pump for this application. My only complaint is that is becomes a bit noisy if you mount it to your stand or even your wall. Because this pump is so well built, I decided to go with the BRS dosing pumps for Cal/Alk.
Great Doser By Brian on 7/25/11
Brian would recommend this product to a friend
Great doser. Very easy to set up. Use it with my top off set up. Works great with the ReefKeeper controller! Slow rate prevents quick swing in salinity. Would recommend to anyone looking for an auto top off pump!
best around By NY reefer on 7/6/11
NY reefer would recommend this product to a friend
I have three of these all going on 2+ years use. IMHO all of the other dosers out there are too fast and cheep toys.
Disappointed By Branden on 5/26/11
Branden wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I'll be honest, the pump does what it is suppose to and does it well...when it works. I bough my first around Jan. 2010 it broke by christmas on 12/10. No problem BRS replaced it. Got my second one and now on 5/26/10 it is broken. Too bad so sad for me, the warranty is from the original purchase so I would need to buy another. Would you buy something that within 18 months you had 2 brake? Not sure if I'm more disappointed in the product or BRS for not standing behind the product. I know they have a good reputation but I'm pretty sure they will not be getting my business again.
Perfect for an ATO By Jason on 5/9/11
Jason would recommend this product to a friend
Moved my ATO container to the basement from under the tank and the aqualifter no longer worked for that distance. This pump was a little pricy but decided to try it out. It is work every penny as it is very solidly built and can really push the water with no problems. I'm not worried about a faulty diaphram and replacing a simple tube in several years will be easy.
Excellent ATO pump! By Noel on 10/4/10
Noel would recommend this product to a friend
Though the price may steer someone away from purchasing this pump, it's a great dosing pump. I use this pump as part of my water top off that I use in conjunction on an AC3. It is precise, quiet, and it works. For those needing more reliability in how much is either being dosed or topped off--go with this pump instead of an aqua lifter.
Perfect for topping off By Russell Stevens on 4/22/10
Russell Stevens would recommend this product to a friend
Yet another great addition to my tank. This unit is rugged, quiet and dependable.
Awesome By jason mclain on 4/19/10
jason mclain would recommend this product to a friend
Pump is perfect for top off. Comes with everthing needed and is super quiet.