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Because whenever I turn on both the return pump and skimmer the return pump compartment gets low
 

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6 inches of water in your main return pump compartment will allow the power to fail without your system overflowing.

You need to get it to 6 inches with everything running.
 
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Also it happens when I turn on only the return pump. It takes the water from the chamber
 
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It worked I filled it up and it is now working long term. So the only other things I need to figure out are the float switch and the ATO. Is this what the float switch is supposed to do? Is it in the correct spot?

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Which float switch? The red Sea one should be setup to fill from your ATO if the level drops under 6 inches. Did you actually measure? Because it looks overfilled based on your pictire
 
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Which float switch? The red Sea one should be setup to fill from your ATO if the level drops under 6 inches. Did you actually measure? Because it looks overfilled based on your pictire
No this is the one for the varios pump
 
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Is the only thing I need to do to get my Red Sea ATO ready is fill in up with freshwater and it's ready to go?
 

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I think the various needs to be a bit lower just a bit above the intake of the return pump so it triggers to turn off the pump when it hits that low spot and not let the pump run dry
 

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The red sea float is not to be submerged. Water pressure will push it up to the point where it will be closed and not let water from your gravity fed ATO to come out. Once that white float drops down when water level gets low it will open up and let water from ATO in and fill up that compartment to the point the red sea float goes back up again and closes
 

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It's about 7.5, same level as the skimmer chamber and sponge chamber
You need to remove 1.5 inches, they shouldn't be the same. I hate to be the bad guy here, but why ask for advice if you don't listen to it?

Your ATO can't work with the water above 6 inches. Your saltwater will evaporate and no be replaced with RODI, causing your salinity to be too high.
 
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For a rule of thumb the ball in the return pump chamber is almost barely submerged but not quite. Is this correct?
 

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