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What's the main differences between the nano and the 3155? Also, would be possible to upgrade in the future without having to buy the whole thing?
The nano osmolator is just a simple float switch and that is it. The 3155 has the dual level control with the optical eye for primary control and the float switch emergency backup. The 3155 offers superior redundancy.
It would not be possible to upgrade, they are entirely different units.
While it may be sufficient for a tank of that size, depending on head height the pump has to push against, it does have more limited capacity and safeties set up for small tanks, so we don't generally recommend this one for tanks over 50 gallons.
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Other then the container the kit really comes with everything you need to get started. The pump has a max head height of about 7ft.
The distance between the float being triggered and off is between 1/4" to 1/3" Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
You can always try implementing a large magnet to ensure the hold is stronger. Other than that, there are some more permanent applications such as small amount of super glue. In any case your best bet will be to contact TUNZE and see if they have any tips or tricks.
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That is a valid concern and if you are keeping SPS in the 10 gallon then we would suggest looking into the Osmolator 3155, however for most fish, and other corals like softies and LPS the Osmolator nano will work just fine. Since the return pump compartment is much smaller than larger tanks, when water evaporates it will move the water level pretty quickly and activate the float switch which is pretty sensitive.
The unit is not suited to large aquariums because it has a timer based cut off so the pump will only run for a short period of time. Using it with a large tank can result in the the pump turning off before its finished replacing the evaporation.
Introducing the little brother to the Tunze Osmolator, one of the industry’s most trusted automatic water top-off device and BRS Recommended. Designed specifically for smaller aquariums, roughly 50 gallons and under, the Osmolator Nano 3152 is a slimmed down version of the full sized 3155. It includes a processor-based anti-overfill system which turns the pump off if after five minutes of filling the level has still not been reached. The Osmolator Nano includes the control unit, low voltage (6V) pump, power adapter, 3m hose, magnet mount and protective cover.
Same problem... By Chris on 8/3/2017Chris wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThe sensor will shut off the pump but will not turn the pump on. I have to cycle power for the pump to work.
1 is a yay the other a nay By Bloatedguppy on 7/31/2017Bloatedguppy wouldn't recommend this product to a friendBought 2 of these, 1 works as intended, the other requires the same unplug then plug it back in to work every time defect after a week.
Works great By Ken on 7/26/2017Ken would recommend this product to a friendGreat product. Works as described. No problems. Reliable so far.
I have three for all three of my tanks and love them! By Kurt on 7/19/2017Kurt would recommend this product to a friendI love these! I use one on each of my tanks and I have three tanks total. I haven't had any problems with them. When installed correctly they work perfectly. Read the instructions and follow them. It's got a build in fail safe system that gives you a peace of mind.
I see some bad reviews on here of people saying they have to unplug and replug in the power cord to get the ATO to work. This is a failsafe built into the device. If the pump runs longer than a couple minutes it has to be reset. If the float value gets stuck it won't keep pumping and pumping and either flood the inside of your stand and totally throw off your salinity. Something must be causing you float value to become stuck. I have three of these and that’s not a common problem.
Didn't last. By Ronald on 7/7/2017Ronald wouldn't recommend this product to a friendWorked perfect for a year and a half. Then one day I noticed it wasn't topping off. Unplugging and resetting worked for a few days then it quit working completely. My 3155 is still going strong and is much older.
The first month it worked great......then it started having the same problems of several others that have posted. I unplug it and then plug it back in and it turns on......works for 2-3 days and starts the same process all over again. A $100.00 waste. By John on 7/2/2017John wouldn't recommend this product to a friendAgain........first month it worked great.......then it stopped working. Had to continually unplug and re-plug to get it to come on... Quite a few others have had the same problem.......$100.00 wasted and to help from anyone. What a messed up system.
The standard for smaller tanks By Join the Revolution on 5/11/2017Join the Revolution would recommend this product to a friendTunze quality on a smaller package. These are bullet proof top off units. Those who have problems are not reading the instructions and have it installed in an incorrect area. You get a two year warranty on this brand. Who else does that? Nobody.
Great simple solution for top off By Todd on 5/5/2017Todd would recommend this product to a friendI've used this top off system for over 2 years now. I never have any issues with it.
Most of the complaints I see people are mentioning they have to unplug it and plug it back in.
This is actually a feature to prevent a disaster. If the pump runs longer than 3 minutes it has to be reset. Under normal operation this never occurs. However if the sensor were to get stuck this feature would prevent the system from pumping until it was out of water. Normally mine only runs for less than 10 seconds at a time.
The other procedure that requires you to unplug it is when your reservoir runs dry. I assume this is to prevent the pump from burning out.
An on/off switch would be nice to make these "reboots" easier, but it's not much of a hassle to take the plug out for a second or two.
Good for the price By Doug e fresh on 4/10/2017Doug e fresh would recommend this product to a friendI have only used this for a month and it has worked well. The only problem I have is I don't quit trust the single float switch.
But time will tell if I learn to trust it.
Not typical Tunze quality By Mark on 2/27/2017Mark wouldn't recommend this product to a friendBought this thinking I would be getting the same quality as it's big brother, but this one is complete garbage. The pump has failed on me several times, requiring me to unplug it and plug it back in. Luckily I caught it quickly each time, but I definitely wouldn't trust this if I went on vacation. Also, unlike it's big brother, this ATO only has one sensor (a float sensor) that is prone to getting stuck. I would recommend only getting the bigger osmolator or using a different brand that uses an optical sensor.
Pump Issues By Matthew on 2/23/2017Matthew wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThere appears to be issues with pump quality of these units. The pump that shipped with my nano could only develop about 2 inches of head.
Tunze sent me a second pump which seems to be ok.
NOTE TO CANADIAN CUSTOMERS: You may have issues with warranty processing in Canada. Tunze Canada will not honor warranty on products purchased in the US, Tunze USA will only cover the parts and labor on products in Canada due to expensive shipping costs to Canada.
Would not recommend By Wilson on 12/12/2016Wilson wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI bought this with the idea it would make my life easier. The first pump failed and Tunze replaced it. The second pump ran great for @ a week then stopped filling up the tank unless I unplugged it and plugged it back in. They are now sending a third pump however I'm not holding my breath. Had I known this would happen I would have purchased another model.