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Old 04-24-2011, 02:55 PM   #1
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Question ATO - Auto Top Off Systems

Hi All,
I was wondering who uses an ATO system? For those that have had experience with them, what are the drawlbacks? Has anyone had one that was over pumping and overflowing a tank? I'd love to not have to pour water into the tnak every day, but nervous about an ATO gone wrong.
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Old 04-25-2011, 12:10 AM   #2
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I have bought 4 different ATO all used and am using 3 at the moment. I haven't had any problems with any of them. Two of mine has switches like this AutoTopoff.com this is the safest one I have one in a sump and one slipped into a 24gallon jbj. My 55 I only have a gallon jug for top off and need to refill it once a day. One of the 24 gallons I have a gallon jug on and fill it about every third day. The other 24 I have a 2.5 gallon gallon tank on it and fill it once a week. This is similar to the other top off Auto Top-off System | GreenAquarium the draw back to this one is getting it adjusted just perfect and keeping it that way because of the suction cups.

I have never had one over flow. I use the aqua lifter pump they aren't the strongest but seem to do pretty well for the price, I do find it works better on the sump other than the cubes since it doesn't have so far to pump the water.

If you are nervous, you can do like I did for the first few weeks only use a gallon jug so it doesn't overflow your tank. I don't use anything bigger because of space but know if I am going to be gone I can put 5 gallon bucket. They are very easy to set up like I said I bought all mine used and no instructions.
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