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Old 08-28-2013, 05:42 PM   #1
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ATO recommendations

I have a 56 gallon reef and I store my fresh water in 5 gallon buckets. I would like to keep that all the same (I have no room for anything else). I've looked around but I'm not really sure what would be best (there is a huge price difference in some of these). Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 08-28-2013, 05:58 PM   #2
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So what do you want to know??
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Old 08-28-2013, 06:03 PM   #3
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I like the JBJ ato.
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Old 08-28-2013, 06:43 PM   #4
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So what do you want to know??
What you use, pros and cons.. that kind of stuff. The problem I have is I see some for $50 and some for $200 plus... I'm going to buy one but can't decide.
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I like the JBJ ato.
I've looked at that one. How do you like it? Are there any benefits that you see (3155 I think)?
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Old 08-28-2013, 09:02 PM   #6
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I've looked at that one. How do you like it? Are there any benefits that you see (3155 I think)?
Sorry, I was thinking about the tunze osmolator...
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Old 08-28-2013, 09:13 PM   #7
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I can only speak on the Tunze Osmolator which is at the top of the price range when it comes to ATOs. Operation has been flawless thus far. Only had one instance where the pump got airlocked (at least thats what I think). Otherwise its been the best investment in my setup thus far.
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Old 08-28-2013, 10:32 PM   #8
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I have Tunze and love it. It looks alright for tanks without sump.
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Old 08-28-2013, 10:55 PM   #9
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I have a sump, albeit a small one. My tanks a column so there is less room underneath. Everything fits except the 5 gallon home depot bucket (which drives my wife nuts also) of fresh water. I'm getting off track. I've read the reviews on those and they seem to be mostly goof but my question is this... What sets those apart from the rest, other than being double the price?
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Old 08-28-2013, 11:49 PM   #11
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Jbj I havnt had any problems with and love it especially the price.
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Sorry to hijack, but for those with the JBJ auto, which mode/setting do you run? There's an option for 1 or 2 sensors. Just wondering what folks like to use.
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Old 08-29-2013, 12:19 AM   #13
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I cant remember which one mine is on. Im not home rigjt now. Bpth of my floats are in my sump for high and low water. Which ever setting that is.
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I cant remember which one mine is on. Im not home rigjt now. Bpth of my floats are in my sump for high and low water. Which ever setting that is.
Ah ok, so you use two floats. Are your floats pretty close to each other?
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I have an Elos. Works great.
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I have an Elos. Works great.
I'll check that out thanks!
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Does the JBJ have an auto shut off if the pump has been running for a certain period of time (the Tunze has that feature)...
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Also, w.r.t. salt creep on the JBJ floats, has anyone had an issue where the floats have been stuck open (or closed)? The "electronic eye" (presumably an IR sensor) in the Tunze is what has me leaning towards that unit, since the failure mechanisms between the two sensors on the Tunze are different (ie, salt creep won't cause an eye to fail).
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Great questions, I never thought about salt creep and how it will affect floats.
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I've had the jbj for a couple years now an haven't
Had any problems. The pump will time out if its been running
Too long. Also, I've never had any problems with salt creep on the
Floats.
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