Poll: ATO consumption

Discussion in 'General Equipment, Hardware, Filtration' started by NowGlazeIT, Feb 26, 2018.

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  1. 1 week or less

    471 vote(s)
    68.8%
  2. 2 weeks

    97 vote(s)
    14.2%
  3. 3 weeks

    18 vote(s)
    2.6%
  4. Month or more

    43 vote(s)
    6.3%
  5. I wish I had a reliable auto top off system

    56 vote(s)
    8.2%
  1. NowGlazeIT

    NowGlazeIT Valuable Member R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor

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    Hows it going R2R

    I run a 60g display with a 10g sump and my 10g ATO last me 3weeks.
    How long does your ATO last?

    How big is your Total water volume and ATO?

    I gotta say as I kick my feet up and refill my ATO for the first time in 3 weeks, that this sure beats the heck out of using a Home Depot bucket for my FW revisor.

    Big tank owners!
    How big is your ATO and is it ever big enough!?
     
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  2. AnakinReefWalker

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    Def. need to upgrade mine, 3-gallon jug doesn't last very long on my 120g, I have to fill up every other day which is not fun for me, and I have to mix in Kalkwasser, I'll be looking to upgrade to a 10g (hopefully)
     
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  3. Mel 2038

    Mel 2038 Active Member

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    125 mostly open top, use is 3 gal a day
     
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  4. AdamNC

    AdamNC Lawnmower Blenny says nom nom R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor

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    5 gallon bucket lasts my 29 gallon about 8-9 days.
     
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    I still need to get an ATO. My tank loses a gallon a day almost exactly in a 50g tank.
    So until I can set up a 20-30g ato i probably wont bother.
     
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    Daltrey Valuable Member Build Thread Contributor

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    I run a 160 gallon display with a 40 gallon sump. My 50 gallon ATO lasts me around three weeks also. Plus I just did a 25 gallon water change in around 10 minutes.

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  7. scott11106

    scott11106 Active Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Do you have to clean the reservoirs ? Where did you get those 50 gallon? I was thinking of using a brute but I like those better but look hard to clean
     
  8. MaddyP

    MaddyP 'Til Reefdom Come... R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award SCMAS Member Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    I have a gravity fed 25g reservoir. My 75g uses it up in about a month.

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  9. five.five-six

    five.five-six Active Member SCMAS Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Wow! How do you get 3 gal a day? I have a 135 open top with fans and halides and the most I evap is about 2 gal a day.
     
  10. Greybeard

    Greybeard Valuable Member R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor

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    My ATO... a Tunze... I hope it will last for many years!

    My ATO reservoir? 5g, on a ~150g system, gets refilled (automatically) every other day. Not that it's completely empty by then... no reason I know of to ever let it go dry.
     
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  11. andrewkw

    andrewkw Well-Known Member Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    My top off needs vary greatly by season and even location in the house. This time of year I am refilling my 7 gallon top off container twice a week, but in the summer probably longer then once a week. Typically I don't let it run dry and refill when I do my weekly water changes but in the winter I need to refill at least one more time during the week as well.

    My indoor humidity levels vary from 30%-90% I live on an island (freshwater nothing exciting) so in the summer it's extremely humid but in the winter I heat my house with wood so it's extremely dry. We even run a humidifier which is something I never in a million years thought I'd own. In addition to my 112 gallon reef I have an open top 90 gallon and they do not create enough humidity in the dead of winter.

    Meanwhile I have my frag / qt systems in a room that I mostly keep closed because of my cats and have to run a standard dehumidifier there, even before the room had tanks the window got condensation frequently. I just top off these tanks manually and it's very little which is why I haven't stressed about putting auto tops on them.
     
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  12. Daltrey

    Daltrey Valuable Member Build Thread Contributor

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    I've never had to clean them and a year later they still look new on the inside. Everything you need is on the first page of my build thread.

    https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/daltreys-red-sea-reefer-750-xxl-build.351366/
     
  13. ksfulk

    ksfulk Grow sticks, grow!!! R2R Supporter Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor

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    I use 2 - 5 gallon containers for my ATO reservoirs. One is a 5 gallon bucket with a JG fitting that I have KW and RO/DI water in thats run off an Avast Peristalic pump and the other is a 5 gallon HPLC water container from my work that just holds RO/DI and uses an Apex PMUP. Both are connected to a pressure switch that is routed through my Apex BOB, and the peristalic pump has been in service on various tanks (30 gallon upto a 350 gallon) for the last six years. The PMUP was a relatively recent addition, about a year or so ago.

    I have a Red Sea Reefer 525xL, which is about 120 gallon total system, when factoring in displacement and a custom sump. My evaporation varies from season to season, but on average I loose about 2.3 gallons of water daily. When I go on vacation, I move the peristalic tubing to my 40 gallon RO/DI reservoir if I wont be home for more than a few days.
     
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  14. ca1ore

    ca1ore Valuable Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award CTARS Member Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor R2R TV Featured

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    My ATO reservoir is 65 gallons (a standard 75 gal tank) and lasts 8-9 days across my various tanks during the driest months (an extra 2-3 days during the more humid months). Keep in mind that the physical size of the reservoir is your last line of defense against runaway ATO, so I personally would not want more than 10 days (I never go away for any longer than that; plus I can remotely trigger the ATO reservoir refill if absolutely necessary).
     
  15. Chuk

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    I have a 90 with a 40 breeder sump which is half full. I’m estimating I’m at ~110g total vol and I have a 7 gal ATOnit lasts ~3-4 days in the summer and about a week in the winter
     
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  16. keithdoc

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    I have a 20G Brute container and a Tunze ATO for my 120G display and 44G sump.

    Lasts about 2 weeks in winter (not much humidity when gas furnace running), much longer in summer.
     
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  17. NowGlazeIT

    NowGlazeIT Valuable Member R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor

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    For those of you with these water storage/mixing stations I envy you!!
     
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    mandi29221 Active Member

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    Same. I'm in a rental property. The landlord doesn't even know I'm setting a tank up. Only area in my house is the pump house which landlord visits every week...
     
  19. Dragon52

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    My 5gl ATO last me a week most of the time, I have noticed that if I increase my sump pump speed it uses more.
     
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