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Old 10-07-2010, 08:38 PM   #1
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Hey guys. I have a 55 gallon salt water tank with I don't how many gallons Bio-Wheel sump. I have to add water to it like every 15 hours or sometimes sooner. Sometimes in the winter I go to work for 2 to 3 days at a time. I was planning on having my girlfriend top off the tank for me this winter but she left me. So I'm wondering if you guys have used any of the auto top off devices that I see for sale on the web? Also I bought my own place and I move in at the end of the month so now I have an option to go bigger. I have to take it down and set it up agin anyways. I really need a fresh start anyways got off to a real rocky start this time. Another question if I go bigger will I still run into this problem with the evaporating? I pretty sure my light will fit on a bigger tank and still be fine.
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Old 10-07-2010, 09:03 PM   #2
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every 15 hours? sounds like there might be a leak or something, a lot of people on here i've seen DIY their ATOs.

sorry to hear about the girlfriend though. with a larger tank you may or may not but the evaporation happening that fast sounds like there may be another problem
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Old 10-07-2010, 09:24 PM   #3
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I use the JBJ ATO with a 2 gallon reservoir. It is a great product. I have to refill the container about twice a week on my 45 gallon.

ATOs are definitely a great way to ensure a constant salinity in your tank, which can be vital for corals (and fish in extremes). It is simple to setup and you can have any size reservoir (I had a customer who had a 50 gallon tank with a 20 gallon reservoir for topoff).
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I use an ATO from Bulkreefsuppy.com great product and I think the jbj has an buzzer everytime it fills. If you disconnect it that voids the warrenty.
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The new JBJ ATOs do not have that completely irrational feature.
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Great thanks guys. Looks like I'll be picking up one of those JBJ ATO's. How often do you guys find that you are adding water?
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I was thinking about the larger tank because I think I could fit a bigger sump under there that would hold more water
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Bigger is always better, if you can upgrade do it. Remember that it is important to do the biggest tank you can do properly, not just the biggest tank you can do.
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The new JBJ ATOs do not have that completely irrational feature.
Nice to hear that!
Thanks for the update.
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Thanks. If I go bigger i'm gonna pick a size so I can still use my light. There so expensive I don't wanna buy a new one.
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