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stevie-o
03/08/2011, 09:25 PM
looking for a cheap auto top off system that is still reliable anyone know of one?

Tater11
03/08/2011, 09:28 PM
Try autotopoff.com they work good for me.

Curve
03/08/2011, 09:29 PM
jbj $79 on ebay and get a cheap pump and 10 gallon from walmart. Less than $100 and your ready to go for a long time

mrgerry
03/08/2011, 11:06 PM
I used one of the sump type float/ shutoff valves: drilled a hole on side of sump. Mounted the float. Ran tubing from it to the side of my aquarium where I have a salt bucket (bottom of bucket higher than sump float) sitting behind a large planter to conceal it. Using a hose barb mounted on the bottom side of the bucket I attached the hose. That is it - gravity fed- no electric- little can go wrong . Holds 5 gallons of water and has been working for over 2 years. Just be sure to check & add water to the bucket.

Korrine
03/09/2011, 05:55 AM
Try autotopoff.com they work good for me.
x2 got the dual switch

moondoggy4
03/09/2011, 08:23 AM
Try to use one with a mgnet or a bracket not suction cups. I glued my float switch to a old magnet glass cleaner. Also try Avast they have one for 75 I believe.

psusocr
03/09/2011, 08:24 AM
I have two nice ATO in the for sale forum cheap

cakemanPA
03/09/2011, 08:33 AM
Auto topoff did not seem like a good place to save $$$ to me. I went with the Tunze Osmolator and have had no issues and no regrets.


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Bamm Bamm
03/09/2011, 08:38 AM
ive been running a dual switch from www.autotopoff.com for 8 years with no porblems.. You can spend $200 if you want on a tunze osmolater but its not needed

vitodog
03/09/2011, 09:04 AM
Auto topoff did not seem like a good place to save $$$ to me. I went with the Tunze Osmolator and have had no issues and no regrets.


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+1 for the Tunze. I used the JBJ ATO for over a year and it failed just too many times for me. I'd wake up to find that the float got stuck over night and my SG was way to high. Maybe I just got a lemon, but, with the Tunze there are no moving parts to get stuck. Not trying to bad mouth any brand, just testifying about my own personal experience.

biecacka
03/09/2011, 10:10 AM
psusocr pm me details please

mrgerry do you have any pics of your setup?
corey

cakemanPA
03/09/2011, 11:09 AM
ive been running a dual switch from www.autotopoff.com for 8 years with no porblems.. You can spend $200 if you want on a tunze osmolater but its not needed

About 140 shipped on a used unit for me. But for one of the pieces that can easily flood your houseNd destroy all fish and corals, $200 is not too bad. Not reading too many failures on Tunze. I have read many on other units.


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Mark 75g
03/09/2011, 12:25 PM
Autotopoff.com for me. It has been working great for over a year now with no problems. If I can remember correctly it was not very expensive from their.

bamf25
03/09/2011, 12:38 PM
What pump are people using for their ATO also? I know the tunze comes with a pump, many use a Aqualifter, and I have also seen a few using Maxijets.

d0ughb0y
03/09/2011, 01:01 PM
JBJ ATO is on sale for $55 brand new at socal tropical.

I bought a used one for $55 before I saw the sale.
So don't bother buying the JBJ ATO used here, most want more than the price of a new one. unless the used one sells for $25 shipped, its not worth saving a few bucks.

aleonn
03/09/2011, 01:30 PM
If I did not have a controller, I'd get the Tunze Osmolator. Since I have the Apex, I got the autotopoff dual float switches, connected to the breakout box, and it's been working great.