Your thoughts on this ATO Set up

Discussion in 'Filters, Pumps, etc..' started by chelltom, Aug 26, 2014.

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  1. chelltom

    chelltom Skunk Shrimp

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    I saw this for sale on another site anyone have any experience with below set up. Your thoughts appreciated thanks ..Tom


    dual float ATO with pump and tubing.
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  3. OPForest

    OPForest Fire Worm

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    That looks like one from autotopoff.com

    I am planning on buying one this week. From what I have found online they are pretty reliable and simple. The dual float is nice as it provides an emergency backup. Just need to make sure it works by manually moving the floats occasionally.
     
  4. AZDesertRat

    AZDesertRat Giant Squid

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    And make sure the float switches operate on low voltage DC power not 120v AC.
     
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    Pdxile Coral Banded Shrimp

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    How much are they asking? The unit looks to be in pretty rough shape. One reason I'd run screaming from a autotopoff.com unit is that the float switch attaches via zip-tie. That 's just asking for failure.
     
  6. OPForest

    OPForest Fire Worm

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    They are 51 for the ATO and a aqualifter is about 15$


    As for the zip ties I'm not worried about them at all. Once secured they won't move and they don't interfere with the floats.
     
  7. Pdxile

    Pdxile Coral Banded Shrimp

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    I'd spend $10 more and go with the JBJ.
     
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  9. Va Reef

    Va Reef Giant Squid

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    IF you do go with that choice, build an eggcrate casing around it so no snails or hermit crabs can get to the float valve.
     
  10. Todd_Sails

    Todd_Sails Giant Squid

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    Can you just use Gravity?

    My DIY ATO uses no switches, wires, pumps, filling containers/buckets etc.

    It works flawlessly for over 2 yrs. My SG remains rock solid steady too.

    Best of all (money is an object to me ), it cost very little $.
     
  11. chelltom

    chelltom Skunk Shrimp

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    Would love to see your DIY setup Thanks
     
  12. pete33

    pete33 Astrea Snail

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    I have that exact setup. Been only using it for 4 months but has worked flawlessly. It is however controlled by my apex to only come on for 5 minutes every 1/2 hour.
     
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