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Old 12-30-2013, 03:25 PM   #1
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Hey all,
I am going to be getting an auto top of unit for my new tank I am setting up, and jsut want to get an idea of which one I should go with.

I think I am narrowed down between the JBJ and the Tunze Osmolator. Obviously, there is a fair bit of price difference in them, but which one is a better way to go, and why? Of course, If I can save a few bucks and go with the less expensive one, I would love to, but don't want to screw myself in the long run.
Does anyone have the JBJ system? Do you like it? Issues?
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Old 12-30-2013, 04:14 PM   #2
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I have the jbj and I like it. I had problems with it at first because it wouldn't stay on long enough but I figured out that you have to open it to set the timer to run longer.


A lot of people on here have jbj and like it.
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Old 12-30-2013, 05:38 PM   #3
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+1 JBJ ATO. Fairly inexpensive compared to other ATOs. Just clean it from time to time as calcium/gunk can build up on the valves.
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I run my Jbj with an aqua lifter and love it. Inexpensive and effective.
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Old 12-30-2013, 07:20 PM   #5
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im leaning towards this one, mainly because it limits the valves and switches. its also nice to see some reviews rolling in for it.

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What about autotopoff.com. I have one of their dual float units and it works great and was easy on the wallet. Can be installed in a display though it isn't the prettiest thing but in a sump you can't see it and it works great which is the main thing.
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Old 12-31-2013, 03:07 PM   #7
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Thanks guys. Think I am gonna give the JBJ a try. What pump does everyone use with it? I am looking at about a 3 ft lift to get from the reserve to the tank.......
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With having head height I would go with a maxijet pump. Just be sure to mount it to the bottom of the resevoir using the bracket and suction cups to reduce noise
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Old 12-31-2013, 06:24 PM   #9
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+1 MJ pump. They're pretty effective and cheap. Also, for bigger systems, the flow rate works well.
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May I ask why a 3ft lift? Seems kinda extreme to have almost the length of a mid size tank distance to move water. If you can close the gap I'd hit up an aqua lifter. 15 bucks a pop is the best.
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