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so going out of town for nearly 2 weeks and need a less than $100 option for a auto top off device that will only be used when on vacation as I prefer the control of adding a few gallons from evaporation every few days. not running a sump so whatever you think of cant involve a sump I a running all HOB fuge, auto feeder, skimmer, and filter. Was looking at the AutoAqua ATO 260P but some of the amazon reviews give me nightmares of coming home from vacation to a destroyed tank and flooded living room. anyone able to suggest something for my 38 gallon system and no I don't have anyone that I can get to come over to do it manually.
 
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I'd spend the $200 for Tunze 3155 and enjoy your vacation worry free. Or go for a cheap unit and pray it works out. If I was going for a cheaper unit, I'd want to test it out for a few weeks and make sure it's working well before leaving it unattended.
 

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Use a bucket/container/trash can, a float switch and a pump connected to that switch. Would probably be the cheapest option. Put the float switch in your tank, and the pump can add water as the level decreases.
 
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@Cell I understand where you are coming from but I cant really justify spending $200 when my entire setup has only cost me $400 and I am going back to manual top offs when I get back from the trip. @BlennyTime could I just use a float and gravity? I can put the 10 gallon water container on the higher desk right next to the tank.
 

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Without a sump, you really have a tight tolerance for overfilling. I would second the Tunze recommendation since it has dual sensors; one for the refill and one to stop the ATO. Also, these have a timing function that you can set to not overfill the tank.
 
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You have wifi? If u want manual control, perhaps a $20 camera, a bucket and a pump on a wifi outlet. Keep the line above the tank so it doesn’t siphon back. Not fool proof either but just an idea.
 

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@Cell I understand where you are coming from but I cant really justify spending $200 when my entire setup has only cost me $400 and I am going back to manual top offs when I get back from the trip. @BlennyTime could I just use a float and gravity? I can put the 10 gallon water container on the higher desk right next to the tank.
I understand what you are saying but honestly, Tunze 3155 is the most reliable and safest option. This hobby is not cheap at all and I’m sure we all have livestock/equipment that costs more than the tank setup itself haha. It will last for years and saves you time from manual topping off! You won’t regret it. :)
 

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Btw. I have the 260 and it’s been great but I have a sump so don’t worry about snails etc. and worst case it dump 3-4 gallons into my 90 .... oh well.
 
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@Cell I understand where you are coming from but I cant really justify spending $200 when my entire setup has only cost me $400 and I am going back to manual top offs when I get back from the trip. @BlennyTime could I just use a float and gravity? I can put the 10 gallon water container on the higher desk right next to the tank.

I hear ya. I just hope you dont save $100 now and end up spending much more in clean up and repair. Or go the cheap route and have to sweat it during your vacation.
 

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At the very least I'd recommend having someone that can come clean up if the tank were to overflow.

Also for $20-30 you can buy a wifi monitor cam to keep watch on the tank. I'd highly recommend this.
 

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If you have some DIY spirit you could try this:
I made one and used it for quite a while back when I was on a tight budget. Still use it for temporary QT setups. Just make sure to add a snail guard if you have large snails (can used a plastic bottle or specimen cup).
 

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@Idech i currently don't have anyone that can come over to top it off but I am trying to find someone because that would be much easier.

Look for pet sitters that do home visits. My dogs pet sitter takes care of my fish when I go away. I leave detailed instructions and ready to serve meals.
 
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What I was saying is point the camera at the tank. Put a pump in a big bucket of water. Plug the pump into a wifi enabled outlet (or whatever else can control the outlet).

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