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Old 04-07-2014, 09:42 AM   #1
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I need an ATO.

So I've been debating on which ATO to get for my 39 gallon reef tank (+20g sump which it will be hooked too). I want one without moving parts like either the new hydor smart level. Anybody use this one or have anymore suggestions? I do want quality but I'm not looking to spend way too much.
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The AutoAqua Smart ATO is the other ATO I was considering.

AutoAqua Smart ATO - Automatic Top Off System
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Old 04-07-2014, 02:19 PM   #3
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i have the hydor ATO and for the money i wouldn't complain about it. the only thing you have to watch for is the outlet plug that you will be plugging your pump into. i have a Aqualifter and i had to clip a portion of the plug so that it will fit into the ATO, nothing you can't do though.

for the other ATO you are thinking, you would need a pristine glass so that the sensor can detect the water level. any smear or dried up water marks will interfere with the reading and making it unworkable. i do like the compact design and how it has its own pump.

you just have to weigh out the pros and the cons.
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one thing that i do wish for on any ATO is the ability to adjust for the water level. here's what i mean by that: i only have a regular 29gal reef tank. the marks on the sensor are so far apart (for my tank at least) that when the ATO kicks in, it pumps a lot of water into the tank. this also indicates that my salinity before the ATO kicking in was higher than what i wanted it to be.
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Well its a done deal. After days of research and reviews I went with the AutoAqua smart ATO. It will be in my acrylic sump and will be cleaned well before put into place. I think its gonna be awesome! I'll definitely review it when I get it.
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