very nice!! By illya on 2/23/2012
illya would recommend this product to a friend
You won't be disappointed with this purchase. You could buy a cheaper way of topping off but when you run dry and burn a pump up the one time you leave the house for more than 6 hours or flood your room you'll wish you had bought this unit.
i keep the standard float valve nice and clean by running the top off water on it. keeps any salt build up off and the other electronic eye you got no worries about. Perfect setup and i feel confident in leaving for days on end without worry.
perfect By david on 2/20/2012
david would recommend this product to a friend
this is truly a set it and forget ato. just wish i had purchased it a lot sooner
Great product By Frank on 2/1/2012
Frank would recommend this product to a friend
The build quality was very good ad the factory support has been great too. I will soon be adding another Tunze 3155 to one of my other tanks
About perfect By Bill on 1/31/2012
Bill would recommend this product to a friend
Well constructed with magnets that will hold it wherever you want. Works well in a RSM 130D.
Worth the extra cash By JOEL on 1/28/2012
JOEL would recommend this product to a friend
Although this product is one of the more expensive top-off systems, you have so much already invested that it is nice not to rely solely on float switches and flood your house. Worth the extra cash in my opinion.
Does the job By Aaron on 1/20/2012
Aaron would recommend this product to a friend
Overall it is a great product. I have not experienced any malfunctions and the holder for the float switch and eye is very convenient. It does what it is supposed to do. However, I do have a few complaints.
1) The pump automatically pumps about a cup of water each time the pump is turned off. That means, if you dose kalk with your ATO as I do and your APEX turn the pump off because the pH is too high, as soon as it turns back on it pumps more high pH into the tank. Not a good feature. I'm sure it's to maintain constant flow through the tubing after it has been resting, but a manual button for this would be better
2) When the ATO alarm goes off, the only way to turn it off is to power down the ATO. Which means when you turn it back on, AGAGIN, it pumps more water into your tank. A button for this would also be better.
3) Eh...I guess it could be a little more attractive. Kind of an ugly black box.
The ATO to get By Jason on 1/17/2012
Jason would recommend this product to a friend
Finally got around to setting this up yesterday and it was easy as cake. 5 minutes out of the box and rolling. Everything you need for easy, dependability, and redundancy - could not have asked for a better ATO. Must have.
ATO By TUBBY on 1/16/2012
TUBBY would recommend this product to a friend
GOT THIS ATO A WHILE BACK, JUST WANTED TO TEST IT OUT BEFORE I POSTED A REVIEW..."IT'S A WINNER" LOVE THIS ATO UNIT. VERY ACCURATE - ALSO LOVE THE MAGNET DESIGN. I ALSO PURCHASE A SPARE PUMP, IN THIS HOBBY YOU NEVER KNOW WHATS GOING TO HAPPEN. AT LEAST WHEN IT DOES HAPPEN , I'LL HAVE A SPARE.
Makes topping off easy By Richard on 12/28/2011
Richard would recommend this product to a friend
definitely worth getting easy to set up, keeps water level perfect, no problems
great product a must have By james on 12/6/2011
james would recommend this product to a friend
the tunze osmolater is a must have for any lazy reefer lol, it keeps the salinity at a set point where you want it i love it & i got it for a cheap price on black friday..
Perfect By Jose Manuel on 11/24/2011
Jose Manuel would recommend this product to a friend
Does the job perfectly. my water level is always constant, alarm has never gone off.
Great ATO By Frank on 11/23/2011
Frank would recommend this product to a friend
Keeps the warter right where i want it. i just wish i would of got this one a long time ago
over all By Robert on 10/31/2011
Robert would recommend this product to a friend
I was a little skeptical after the instructions stated that this pump was not meant to handle large tanks. Let’s just say the pump works fine for my 370 gal. I have the ATO dripping into the sump and don’t take long for the water level to stabilize. I love this product; it keeps my skimmer stable and saves me a numerous trips of dumping water in tank.
Best ATO on the Market! By Adam on 10/20/2011
Adam would recommend this product to a friend
This ATO has saved me from carrying heavy 5 Gal buckets back and forth across the house, and the two different sensor technologies give me a sense of security when it come to functioning properly and not becoming being stuck in the on position and overdosing kalk!
A quality top off unit. By Bob on 10/17/2011
Bob would recommend this product to a friend
I found this top off unit easy to set up and comes with everything you need(no extra pump or valve needed). I would highly suggest this product as the first choice. The only drawback I found is when installing the magnet sensor mount in the tank (instead of a sump) I found the trim along the top of the tank will stop the outer magnet from going as high up on the tank as I wanted but, the remedy is as easy as a clamp or tank silicone adhesive. I am using an old 5 gallon salt bucket for my top off water. I added a float valve and enough 1/4" line to reach the RO/DI system in the basement so I dont have to hall the top off water up 2 flights of stairs to fill the bucket. I installed a ball valve on this line and only turn it on when the bucket needs to be filled. Works great!
Some problems to begin with -- resolved now By ShawnCC on 9/28/2011
ShawnCC would recommend this product to a friend
I had some problems with this unit right off the bat...
Firstly, the pump didn't seem to be pumping anything. After several minutes of running (as evidenced by the whining noise), still no water was coming out. The ATO reservoir sits right beside the sump, so it only has to pump a few feet, and with about 14 inches of head. Finally, I primed the line using the age-old sucking technique, and from that point on it seems to be working.
The next, and bigger, problem was that the float switch, which is supposed to be the safety backup, was not working at all. Regardless of whether I lifted it manually or submerged it, no alarms would sound and the ATO kept pumping away. I contacted Roger at Tunze on their support forum at ReefCentral, and he confirmed that the magnets inside the float switch bracket were installed (by the factory) upside down. They are supposed to be at the bottom of the bracket, but these ones were at the top. Becuase the float switch itself operates on magnetic principles, the mis-aligned magnetic field was interfering with the switch, causing it to fail. After a botched attempt at fixing it myself, Roger is sending me a replacement bracket. No hassles--just a simple replacement.
The Osmolator and I still have yet to build a trust relationship. I've decided to plug it into one of my Apex controller's switched outlets, with yet another float switch (monitored by Apex). This way, the Apex can also kill the power to the top off if it detects levels getting too high. Redundancy is key.
The only other gripes I have with it, as other people have mentioned, are that it automatically runs the pump for several seconds when initially powered up (why?) and that the pump itself has a high-pitched shrill whiney sound to it, so it can easily be heard from outside the stand when it's running.
In general, after much manual testing of the optical eye sensor, I would say that it works quite well, and I am pleased with it. The price is hard to swallow, but I rent my apartment and it has hardwood floors, so I'm willing to take all precautions necessary to prevent overflow disasters.
Tunze customer service (Roger) has been very responsive, so in that regard, I give them (him) an A++.
perfect By illya on 7/10/2011
illya would recommend this product to a friend
This is a very nice ATO that keeps the level of water right where you want it. It saves me about 15 min a day at least from manually having to refill my sump, that's a lot of time saved after a while. well worth the cost, quality unit and you can tell a whole lot of thought went into this unit.
Only one flaw By Carol on 7/7/2011
Carol would recommend this product to a friend
Love this system but the only flaw is the pump does not last, after 3 months it starts to drips after pump is off and sometime its a non stop drip. I'm on my 3 pump now and the system is only 9 months old. But other than that its a great ATO sytem, I just keep a extra pump now.
Great product By Craig on 7/2/2011
Craig would recommend this product to a friend
I just ordered my second Osmolator as the control module of my first one just died after 3 years. I didn't consider buying any other ATO system as this thing worked perfectly until it went out. The Osmolator is so precise at maintaining water level which is essential for growing healthy coral.
Awesome auto top off unit. By Dirtman on 4/30/2011
Dirtman would recommend this product to a friend
I like to have my 90 gallon reef tank as full as possible so it took a little time to adjust the over flow shutoff switch to the correct level. Once the sensors were adjusted to the correct height it has worked flawlessly. I'm very pleased with the Tunze 3155 Osmolator. It's worth its weight in gold.
Good but flaws By steven on 4/10/2011
steven wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
This is a good product that works but has some flaws:
1. Every time the unit loses power or is unplugged and plugged in again, it will start pumping water for 10-15 seconds even if you are at the correct level or above.
2. There is an alarm to signial too much water. It's loud and can not be disabled unless you take the unit apart and move a jumper.
3. The eye didn't work correctly out of the box. I had to wet it and rub it with a clean cloth vigorously to get it to function. Once cleaned it worked. I question it's long term reliability.
Kinda wish I went with the JBJ ATO and saved 100 bucks.
excellent product By bblinks on 4/9/2011
bblinks would recommend this product to a friend
Great product, set it and forget it. This product will make your life a lot easier.
Peace of Mind By Tim on 3/27/2011
Tim would recommend this product to a friend
I purchased this product to go with a Kalk stirrer I recently purchased from BRS. I had watched the videos from the knowledgeable staff at BRS. I have to say this auto top off is the best thing I ever purchased for my system. It is extremely easy to set up and you don't have the worry of it over filling since it comes with multiple safety features.
Expensive, but awesome. By Allan on 3/25/2011
Allan would recommend this product to a friend
I was hesitant to buy this, given the premium price, but it keeps my sump level incredibly steady. MUCH better than the upside-down water cooler jug gravity feed setup I had before. The only odd thing about it is that it runs the pump for about 5 seconds or so any time you pull the plug and plug it back in. Not an issue unless you're turning it on and off a lot. Though that could happen if you have it on a controller set to only turn it on for say 5 minutes every hour. Just something to be aware of.