Once it's going it's great! By Terrie on 1/11/2013
Terrie would recommend this product to a friend
I have to come back and review again only b/c I gave it a 3 getting frustrated with the set up. The instructions are more for someone familiar with ATO's..not me.. this is my very 1st one. I finally found a forum 3reef that someone had posted full details with pics and was able to get mine going. Had I had any knowledge at all about what I was doing this would have been a 5 minute setup! Now I know, it's done, wow it's simple!!
It is not even letting and 1/8 of the water out before it tops it off... This I like!!! I pray for longevity for this price :)
??? By Terrie on 1/10/2013
Terrie would recommend this product to a friend
I have to say I can't even give this item a rating yet. I received it a couple days ago and looked at it, put it back in the box and read the instructions. I took it out again and my head is spinning. Again today I took it out and my head is spinning. I'm trying to see the dark picture examples, I've read and read the instructions 10 times. For someone who has NEVER had an ATO of any type I chose this b/c of the good ratings and being BRS recommended. I figured I'd just spend the $ the first time instead of being someone who went less inexpensive and regretted it. However, like I said I've NEVER had an ATO of any type.... THIS THING NEEDS REAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR INSTALLATION!! I don't know what the parts are called so reading the long drawn out instructions isn't helping, the pics are too dark, and I can't find anything on the web!
Great until it failed By Guy on 1/8/2013
Guy wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
My Tunze 3155 is almost 4 yrs old, but just recently failed. After a short while it stops working and the TOO HIGH led is on while the TOO LOW led is flashing. I have to cycle power to reset it but it faults again shortly after the reset, no matter if the water level is good ( green led on) or low. I communicated with Tunze and the controller needs to be replaced. I find it difficult to have to pay for a complete controller unit (including sesors) just to replace the controller. Very expensive, almost the price of a new 3155. Plus I find this is not a rare occurance - easy to find others with same issue on the web. A super nice unit when it works, just too expensive to my taste.
COULD NOT LIVE WITHOUT IT!!! By Sherri on 1/8/2013
Sherri would recommend this product to a friend
I have never owned an ATO, but this has to be one of the best. I have no complaints whatsoever. I would recommend to everyone who runs saltwater tanks. Worth every penny and would repurchase again if needed.
It's worth the money... By gmastr85 on 1/6/2013
gmastr85 would recommend this product to a friend
I can't compare this to other top off systems because this is my first, but I have zero complaints about this one. It comes with everything you need. The instructions are pretty easy to understand, and you can be setup and running fairly quickly. From opening the product to the small amount of assembling and reading the instructions, to filling your top off bucket and hooking the system up, you can be setup and running easily in under an hour. It even has a backup sensor on it incase the electric eye fails. You can't go wrong with this system. Pay the extra money and get this! Your system stability is well worth the price!
Great Product By Robert on 12/30/2012
Robert would recommend this product to a friend
I love this, water level and salinity stay at a constant, and the water level sensor is much more reliable then a float...
Just buy it By Tim on 12/24/2012
Tim would recommend this product to a friend
If you're wondering whether this thing is worth it...the answer is yes. After 7+ years of daily top-offs and getting neighbors to come in when we're away, I finally decided to get the osmolator. Wish I had done it years ago. Works as advertised.
Accurate when it works By Ryan on 12/22/2012
Ryan would recommend this product to a friend
I have had this since February of 2012 and have problems with it monthly if not a few times a month. When it doesn't stop working it keeps the level and salinity in my aquarium perfect. However, it continues to stop pumping water and the level will drop too much. I will then have to unplug the unit in order to reset it. I have contacted tunze about this and they have told me to check the contacts to make sure they are clean. They always are. Have yet to remedy the problem. If the unit would continue to operate constantly I would be giving the review 5 stars.
Neat By Ryan on 12/21/2012
Ryan would recommend this product to a friend
Tunze osmolator is really easy to set up the only negative thing i can think of is when getting the pump started for the first time i had to give it a little shake to get it going. Very precise and i don't feel nervous leaving the house with it having a safety float switch. I drilled two holes in the side of a bucket towards the top to put the lines through and have a threaded lid on it that i got from lowes.
No more lugging top off water around By Nick on 12/7/2012
Nick would recommend this product to a friend
Very easy to set up. Only problem that I had was getting air bubbles out from bottom of pump upon first start. I put mine in a water storage container from a pet store instead of a bucket so I couldnt fit my hand in and turn the pump upside down to get the air out.... a little shake of the wires and bingo, that is my only gripe but other then that its very nice knowing that I can go days without having to fill a container for top off water
Dont know why I waited so long By UCFKnightFan on 12/4/2012
UCFKnightFan would recommend this product to a friend
Great product after having to top off a gallon every day and worry about tuning my skimmer this product has been a no brainer. What caught my attention was the magnetic setup. I dont need to worry about suction cups or hang-on the side mounting. I used it in my baffled sump.
So much easier than daily topoffs! By Pat on 12/2/2012
Pat would recommend this product to a friend
I was really getting sick of adding water to my tank every day. This is the answer! Easy to install and so far works exactly as it should.
Plug and Play... By Jerry S. on 12/1/2012
Jerry S. would recommend this product to a friend
Nice ..... but beware of operator error, the tank sump cannot be lower than your reservoir or it will back siphon.
I feel better now By Susan on 11/29/2012
Susan would recommend this product to a friend
I finally set this up on my tank after waiting because I thought it was going to take too long. I was so happy to find out set-up took 5-10 minutes and now I have reliable redundancy on my tank.
Awesome By Andy on 11/28/2012
Andy would recommend this product to a friend
This thing is extremely reliable and precise. Love it.
Would not have a reef tank without this! By Greg on 11/18/2012
Greg would recommend this product to a friend
Keeps water level stable along with salinity. One sensor and one backup float valve are included for peace of mind. Overflow sensor and alarm are a great addtion to my setup. Trusted unit!
Replaced my jbj auto top off By Thomas on 11/17/2012
Thomas would recommend this product to a friend
I had some issues with my jbj auto top off unit and decided to try the osmolator. I can't believe the difference in quality! My only issue with this unit is that when the system comes back online it primes itself. If you are using kalk then it can add more to the system then the normal dosage
Great product By vaetist on 11/15/2012
vaetist would recommend this product to a friend
Best. ATO system it's ready to use , it comes with everything , worth money
I didnt think they could improve on an amazing product By CLee on 11/12/2012
CLee would recommend this product to a friend
I have one of these units about 10yrs old. They havent changed much but havent had to as the unit just works. The new one comes with 2 magnet setups which back 10yrs ago when i bought my first one it didnt have. To put this in perspective I had to tweak this thing (clean/adjust) maybe 3 times in 10yrs. This is amazing. It just doesnt fail. Ordering 2 more right now.
great unit By chi on 11/10/2012
chi would recommend this product to a friend
the post problem free and reliable thing in my setup
Great the second time around! By Dave on 11/7/2012
Dave would recommend this product to a friend
My first one got fried in a lightning strike, it was super touchy! I was very frustrated with it, almost tried another ATO. The second one is bullet proof.
Why get any other? By Ben on 11/6/2012
Ben would recommend this product to a friend
I just purchased this, as my first ATO. I realize it is a little pricey, but in this hobby, you get what you pay for... I have been contemplating on what to get for months, after hearing from so many people that wish they would have went with this in the first place, I just decided to get it. I am glad I did. It is incredibly easy to set up, with little reading of the directions, I probably spent more time drilling through my stand than actually setting it up. it is pretty much a "plug and play" device, and it will come with everything you need. I ordered and picked up from BRS within a hour, as always the service I got once I was there was great.
Easy to use and Reliable By Ali on 11/2/2012
Ali would recommend this product to a friend
Replacing the water evaporated form your tank is a chore and nightmare for every one in the hobby. so when it came for me to setup my 120 gallon tank this was one of the first piece of equipment i got for my reef. i must say simple to install and reliable it has never failed on me or flooded my basement. if you want simple reliable this is for you.
nice By Joe on 10/28/2012
Joe would recommend this product to a friend
Bought this after getting fed up with making top off water everyday. A little pricey but it comes with everything you need and is easy to set up. The optical sensor is nice and was a selling point for me.