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Old 11-29-2006, 04:24 PM   #1
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Top Off Units?

I just finished setting up my sump and decided to add a top off unit. Do any of you guys know if their is a difference between any of the units and should I look for anything specific while buying one? I see their are a couple of different models on liveaquaria.com, should I get one of those or do you guys use different ones that are just as good? TIA...........
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Old 11-29-2006, 04:34 PM   #2
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I use the JBJ Auto top-off and a maxijet 1200 in a 37g fw resorvoir mounted under my stand. I fill the reservoir about every 2 weeks. It fills my sump/fuge.

Can't compare it as I've never used anything else.
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Old 11-29-2006, 07:56 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. Do I need anything else besides the ATO, the pump, and a container for water? When I was looking at some sites for the unit they mentioned something about a float switch. Does this come with the unit or do I have to buy this as well? TIA...........
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Both float switches included. All I added was the container, submersible pump and vinyl hose.
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Nice unit but if you are a DIY'er, you can make one for a 1/4 of that price. 2 floats, a relay and an extension cord is what I have been using for over 3 years.
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I have been using the JBJ ATO for a few months with no problems. Wish I DIY'd though...much cheaper.
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Nice unit but if you are a DIY'er, you can make one for a 1/4 of that price. 2 floats, a relay and an extension cord is what I have been using for over 3 years.
El do you have pics of your system ATO
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Old 11-30-2006, 11:22 AM   #8
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El do you have pics of your system ATO
I can get some. I forget to mention that I also use a DC power supply to keep from having a 110v source tied direct to the tank.

I use 2 floats that can be found on Ebay. I wired these in line to a cheap extension cord. I have a PH in the top off container that plugs into the extension cord. The relay is used to connect the 2 power sources. The float triggers the 9v power source to trigger the relay which turns on the PH in the top off tank.
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I too have had the JBJ ATO running for about 6 months. I had to modify the sensor cause a snail got in there and got it stuck on. Just hot glued a piece of plastic over the bottom.
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Oh yea and I drilled some holes in the piece of plastic
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