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Old 11-13-2013, 09:23 PM   #1
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What ATO's are you guys and gals using?

I have a 29 with a 20L sump.

I bought one of amazon and I'm returning it because it shuts off before it gets level.

Any recommendations?
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I run a JBJ ATO with an aqualifter pump.
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Old 11-13-2013, 11:07 PM   #3
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I use a JBJ as well with a maxijet for the return pump. An aqualifter will work just fine as well.
Great ATO, I actually have a few of them running.
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I have the jbj and the aqua lifter and it's not staying on long enough to fill to level
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I'd check to see where the float valve is then. Just putting it in the simple one switch mode will provide easiest results.
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I looked at it today and the float valve was not touching any water. Maybe the pump is too weak?
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Sounds more like you have it hooked up wrong.
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Set to mode "a" with one float in the sump?
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Old 11-14-2013, 02:21 AM   #9
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ANd where is the other float at? should be in your reservoir.
i found the aqualifter to take too much time to run to fill the sump up so I switched to a higher output pump. Coudl be risky though if you dont have enough room in your sump to hold alt of water just in case the pump doesnt shut off.
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There is a automatic timer shut off on the JBJ ATO. Maybe that is what is preventing the pump to fully fill. It's a safety feature.

You can modify the time before shut off :

http://www.jbjlighting.com/prod-ato-faqs.html

The aqualifter can slow down a lot with any significant lift height.

I use just an aqualifter set as a drip line as an ATO. It works fine.
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