aquarium auto top up system

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26 May 2016 20:32 #1 by robert (robert carter)
Hi i am looking at installing an auto top up for the sump in my new coldwater tank . Bart is making me up a 30 litre tank that will fit beside the sump in the cabinet, i was looking the Smart ATO Mirco system ,it uses an optical level sensor as apposed to float switchs , it looks extremly compact . Was wondering has anyone used these or what system to you sudjest . Thanks Robert

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26 May 2016 22:02 #2 by hammie (Neil Hammerton)
No but let me know if you find any good deals on them! Need 1 for my marine tank

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29 May 2016 20:19 #3 by carlowchris (chris)
The tunze osmolator is a brilliant ato...but ya have to wonder why they also have a float switch as aback up???..

I know float switches have a bad reputation for sticking but wouldn't rule one out if there used as a fail safe for an ir senior..

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29 May 2016 21:10 #4 by robert (robert carter)
evening Chris, I had a similar conversation with Darren in seahorse on Saturaday , certainly reckon in marine tanks lack of cleaning if a major cause of problems with ATOs with salt crystalising , the system I have brought has no float switches only a ir sensor. With my cold water system I shouldn't have any real problems, I will do a review on the system once it has been up and running a while .

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29 May 2016 23:20 #5 by carlowchris (chris)
Sorry just noticed you were using it on a cold water tank...


Why??? :unsure:

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30 May 2016 07:44 #6 by robert (robert carter)
Using it on cold water because of the evaporating rate from the system which I reckon is about one litre a day, Current temp on the tank is 21.6 deg C no heater in tank
I have glass covers on the tank ,and Bart is making me up a glass cover for the sump and top up tank that he is building . I recon that at present the section of the sump which holds the return pump would fall to below the pump cut out sensor in about a week ,so no go if I am on hols for 2 weeks ,

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31 May 2016 13:56 #7 by Miamiheat (Stephane Lemaire)
why have him build a 30L tank? many cheap one going around you can even use a bucket. And don't get me wrong its pure curiosity I know Bart is an excellent choice.

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31 May 2016 18:57 #8 by robert (robert carter)
Bart is building the tank because of the size needed to fit in the cabinet beside the sump, tank is costing only 40 euro and at least I know it wont leak . got the ato system from the uk looks like a nice bit of kit .

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