- AWC Auto Water Changer (Plus ATO) - AutoAqua
Auto Water Change Plus Auto Top Off
Change your reef tank's water automatically with AutoAqua's AWC system. AWC & ATO All-In-One. Water changes are one of the most time-consuming maintenance tasks with saltwater aquariums. There has been plenty of debate over how much water you should change and whether it should be weekly or bi-weekly, but no one argues against daily water changes. Changing 2% of your water every day will greatly increase your tanks stability and potential for longevity.
- Includes pumps & tubing
- Optical sensors = no moving parts
- Secure tube holders
- Siphon breaks
The simple system uses dual optical sensors, one for a high water level and another for a low water level. The high water level sensor acts as the ATO sensor, knowing when to refill your saltwater tank, from the freshwater reservoir. The top sensor also lets the AWC Touch controller know when to stop refilling the tank after a water change has occurred. The low water sensor acts as the minimum water level when a water change is in progress. During the water change, the output pump will pump water out of your tank our sump into a wastewater reservoir, or floor drain until the low water sensor is activated, telling the controller to turn on the input pump until the high water sensor is tripped, completing the water change and then reverting to a top off controller.
It is important to make sure the optical sensors are placed in the same chamber (usually the return chamber) where the water level will fluctuate during a water change.
DC Pump Max Head - 6.5 feet
Flow Rate - 74GPH
Optical Sensor In-Tank Thickness - 0.53"
Optical Sensor Diameter - 0.78"
Magnet Thickness - 0.25"
Max Tank Thickness - 0.5"
Controller Dimensions - 3.75" H x 0.6" W x 2.25" L
Sensor Cable Length - 10 feet
Pump Cable Length - 6 feet
1x Smart AWC Touch Controller
3x DC Pumps
3x Siphon Breaks
6M Water Tubing
3x Tube Holders
1x Power Supply
Worst piece of junk I’ve ever gotten By Gary on 8/9/2020Gary wouldn't recommend this product to a friendIf you want your tank pumped out and not stop at the second eye position. Or you want the ato function to overfill and soak your carpets buy this piece of garbage. I’m eating it’s 200 dollar cost and switching to the tunnel osmolator for top off only. Water changes will be done with my new mixing station. Caveat emptor. Buyer beware
Water changes made easy By Doug on 8/3/2020Doug would recommend this product to a friendI use this system on a 210 gallon discus tank for daily water changes. So far it has made my life so much easier. It’s pretty easy to set up and use overall. If I had any complaints it would be that the magnets should be stronger (they don’t hold on my 1/2” glass) and the pumps could be bigger.
Pretty bad By Justin on 7/23/2020Justin wouldn't recommend this product to a friendFirstly, the pumps belong in a landfill. Secondly, the controller has never triggered an auto water change. Ever. Not once. It's been in operation since March.
Save your money.
Bad Pumps By Jesse on 6/27/2020Jesse wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI received this as a gift and after several months I finally got my tank set up. The first pump didn't even last 2 weeks. It failed causing the main unit to turn of the ato and when you try to turn it on it would just restart the unit and the ato will still be off. The Second pump didn't even last a full day before setting off alarm. After resetting the controller it would say the pump was on but will not pump anything. The third pump turn on once and died within th first hour causing the same issues as the first pump. For the price it product is a joke not sure if i want to try replacement pumps or just get a different ato all together.
Poor quality By Billy on 6/16/2020Billy wouldn't recommend this product to a friendAs others have said the product is junk. It came with one bad pump out of the box. I have had two others fail within two months. Brs was good about replacing the first one. I went through coralvue for replacing the next ones. They will only send you one at a time. Which does not help when you need the top off working while your away. Do not buy this one. I will be ordering the tunze.
Best Secret add-on ever By Justin T on 5/18/2020Justin T would recommend this product to a friendAutoAqua Awc is the now & next generation of reefing.This system has helped reduce my GHA issue with improving water conditions and stability quickly.This must be a hidden secret many are using in reefing.I was not discouraged by some who say the pumps will fail, this is why I purchased an extra .The system was designed to ease maintenance and improve health of tanks. This by far is the best investment ever for my tank. My only regret no adding sooner to tank. Smart Thinking
PUMPS ARE JUNK!!! By Brett H on 5/7/2020Brett H wouldn't recommend this product to a friendWorked great for about 2 months then the junk tiny pumps started dying one by one! All 3 dead in less than 6 months! Save your money! Customer service is as bad as the pumps!
1 year no problems By Peter on 3/18/2020Peter would recommend this product to a friendReally a workhorse this little guy. I have it on a 30 gal and love both auto and manual modes for the water change. Ato rocks. Pumps are enough for doing 3 ft of head pressure. I bought and extra pump just in case and haven’t needed it after a year. I’m sad to hear of others issues. I’ve doused this with water and it keeps running. (Dumb luck on my part) I wish that ato would come back on after a power outage but I get why they did it this way.
Has worked great for two years By Mark on 1/9/2020Mark would recommend this product to a friendI have been running this system on my 30 AIO for around two years now and can attribute a lot of my success to this hardware. I have it dosing kalk in with my ATO and have it set to change some water out every twelve hours amounting to about 5 gallons a week. I have never had a problem with any of the pumps or the control system and I admittedly do less maintenance on the pumps than I should be. I would definitely recommend this system as it takes a lot of the chore out of weekly maintenance. Just keep the two reserve tanks topped off and you're good to go. I have my waste water drain directly to a sink in my basement.
Works great while it works. By paul on 12/18/2019paul wouldn't recommend this product to a friendHad a pump go bad after 2 weeks of use, now a month after that just had my second pump go bad. My sump is set up in my basement so thankfully the ATO beeps when a pump is not working correctly. Customer service with BRS and the manufacture so far have been good and hopefully that continues with the 2nd pump having died.
Great system By Kevin on 12/13/2019Kevin would recommend this product to a friendI purchased this system to top off and do a daily water replacement. Once I got it programmed the way I wanted it it worked great. A few days into using the system the DC pump failed. I replaced it with the AC pump and since then it’s worked really well. The Tunze system did the same thing so I think it has to do more with the little flimsy DC pumps they sell these systems with. All in all it’s been a great buy and solves my water change issues whereby keeping my tank healthy. That’s what we ultimately want.
Save your money By John on 11/16/2019John wouldn't recommend this product to a friendSave your money for a better one. My first controller fried on the first cycle. It was Happily replaced. My second controller hasn’t fried but is very untrustworthy often (every 2-3 days) needing reset. The pumps that come with it are rather weak. So after purchasing stronger pumps and the relays to run them it cost similar to the more expensive models that I wish I had saved to get
Can this unit pump the fresh water in before pumping water out? otherwise the return pump chamber in my sump would run dry.
It will only take water in/out simultaneously. Doing them at the same time assures that the water level will stay the same.
Can you program this system to do daily water changes of xx amount at X time or do you have to manually start the water change with the push of a button
The AutoAqua AWC can do both scheduled water changes as well as an on demand water change at the push of a button.
Have a great day.
Do you sell more powerful pumps that can connect to it? My refill pump is about 6 ft away from the DT and I am afraid it will fry soon as it looks like these pumps are pretty weak.
We have the Smart AC Socket which will allow you to use any pump you like with the AutoAqua brand Smart ATO, ATO Micro, or AWC.
This should be exactly what you need!
Do i need to drill holes in my tank/sump to install the optical sensors?
What is the voltage for the this? Is it 240v?
All of the products we carry are going to be 110v since we are in the US.
Do the optics sensors require light to sense the water level? My fish room is in my basement which is always dark except for the aquarium lights and when I go down there. Probably even darker inside the stand. Do I need to add a small light over the unit?
What size tubing does it use? And could you respond with the link to said tubing?
The tubing for the AWC is 9mm Outer Diameter and 7mm inner diameter.