Best value for the money By paul on 11/5/13
paul would recommend this product to a friend
The kit took a little less than an hour to assemble. (The biggest tasts were drilling holes into the little bottle to keep the float switch free of snails/junk.
The electronics were easy to screw and snap together. The relay also has a little diode (to tell you it's on, in case you don't hear the loud click) -- and I drilled another hole into the black hobby box and put clear silacone over it to make a window.
But for $40 bucks, I've now bought 4 of these for my tanks. The float switch works fairly precisely. I rigged it to a cord with multiple outlets, so the top off tank gets a quick dose of calk from a sealed bottle when it turns on the top off pump. brilliant
Great product! By Mike on 8/5/13
Mike would recommend this product to a friend
For the price of this product you cannot beat it. the instructions were very helpful and everything went together with ease. You do have to buy an extension cord for the kit. But for the price of the kit you can't complain. some of the reviews complain about a clicking noise from the relay, if you have it mounted in the box you can barely hear it. I have my unit mounted on the outside of my stand and asked my wife if she could hear it and it was a No.
great product will buy more for my other aquariums.
Good price and easy top off system to set up By Paul on 5/31/13
Paul would recommend this product to a friend
I set this up to keep my nano tank water level filled. With the nano tank the evaporation can cause havoc. Having this system set up keep me form worrying about that while I'm away or when I go on vacation. The system was easy to set up for a DIY project.
Super Easy to Install... By Larry H on 3/28/13
Larry H would recommend this product to a friend
I bought two of these units last week. They have been working flawlessly. Sorry I didn't put them on sooner!
I'd say there was only one thing that wasn't much fun. That was the cutting and bending of the plastic bracket that holds the floats. I wished they would redesign it with some sort of universal sliding bracket for the floats to mount to. I'm closely monitoring my water levels in my refugiums and making sure these ATO's are working correctly. If I find a glitch or a hiccup, I'll be reposting what happened. So far, so good though!
OK By Jeremy on 2/20/13
Jeremy would recommend this product to a friend
I used this for a while with an aqualifter pump. It is a good entry value for ATO but mine would not kick on anymore after 8 months of use. I changed the relay, but that did not solve the issue. It must lay somewhere in the float switches.
Reliable By Matt on 1/17/13
Matt would recommend this product to a friend
I ran one of these kits on my 29 gallon for just over a year with no issues. I just installed one on my 120 gallon this last week. Super easy build and install. All you need is a cheap extension cord to wire into the relay so your pump can turn on and off. The float switches have been reliable and there is an emergency switch in place in case one does fail. While the moldable float switch holder does work for most people (I used in on my 29 gallon setup), I opted to build my own holder out of acrylic for the new build. Overall I would recommend this as a good affordable ATO solution.
Good directions By tom on 1/12/13
tom would recommend this product to a friend
The kit requires an extension cord. Otherwise would be 5 stars. Easy directions. Hanging bracket is easy to mold, it turns clear while flexible.
Good affordable modules water top off kit By Nguyen on 12/24/12
Nguyen would recommend this product to a friend
If your budget is low, this is a good kit to have. The valves holder is flimsy but it works. The 12v power supply and relay can be replaced easily and available on their website, keep a spare one. I have one system for water top off and another system for kalkwasser in the same sump for a few years, replaced a relay once.
Simple yet effective By Jacob on 9/8/12
Jacob would recommend this product to a friend
Bought this and it's easy to put together. Would definitely recommend for the price.
was nice, when it worked By Michelle on 5/16/12
Michelle wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
after putting this thing together it worked pretty good for a week or 2. then it kept over filling, the bottom float was bad. company sent me out 2 new floats. had it for a little over 2 months now and today i noticed its not kicking on anymore regardless of what the floats are doing. wired on new floats and still not kicking on which means now the danged relay is busted. its been enough of a headache that i really wish i had just spent an extra 20 bucks. it is an eyesore for sure with wires going all over the friggin place. some seem to work great per reviews, and others seem to be crap. i have contacted customer service again but may end up at radio shack for a new relay.
Wouldnt purchase again By Josh on 4/10/12
Josh would recommend this product to a friend
This is a somewhat interesting project but the importance of ATO performance and the fact that well engineered and manufactured products can be had for only a few dollars more mean I will look elsewhere for my next ATO.
Your crazy to not have ATO automated By pdog22 on 4/10/12
pdog22 would recommend this product to a friend
This is probably the best value you will find for what it does. The ATO has worked perfect, and you can trust it with the dual water level checks. If you have any skills you will be able to put this together, no problem.