ReefHacks | Smart AWC by AutoAqua Review – Simplifying Tank Water Changes

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  1. Berlibee

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    Smart AWC by AutoAqua Review – Simplifying Tank Water Changes


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    This sure sounds fun and all, but I'm just thinking and wondering how much work this would actually save me with water changes.
    I'd still have to make water once a week (or once every "x" period of time), haul that bucket of SW to set down next to the tank, and haul away the waste water bucket. Not to mention I'd have a bunch of unsightly buckets next to my tank all the time. The only thing I wouldn't have to do is manually siphon, which, at least for me, is the least annoying part of the process.

    Any thoughts on this?
     
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    We do daily small water changes. Around 4% daily, so it's saving a lot of time in this case. But if you do them once a week you are right, it's saving not that much time if you're using small storage containers.
     
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    I think this type of system is best for a tank with a fish room, or at least close enough to their water storage tanks and drains. I agree though, if you still have to mess with buckets then it isn't worth it. In my case, I am hoping to move my tank to my office, which is right next to the garage area where I have a drain and 2x 40 gallon water storage tanks. I can plumb an AWC through the wall to the drain and the salt tank and only have to mix salt once a month and let the AWC system do it's thing.
     
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    Yep, but also when Tunze USA 3155.00 is 200$ with a float sensor and for 10$ more you get ATO + Automatic Water Changes with optical sensors and cool controller, why not. It's cool. :)
     
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    Or you could find a way to have your siphon house go straight to a drain/outside. Tube your RO water straight to your new water container. You could even have a float/ level switch to a solenoid to turn on/off RO water and automatically fill new water container. Eliminates buckets. That's my plan anyway
     
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    That's a good plan. But small daily water changes ruleeezzzzzzzz.... ;Woot
     
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    Exactly. For these sorts of situations this seems great. Not so much in a high rise apartment :rolleyes:
     
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    Do you have a large tank by the way?
     
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    most people wouldn’t consider 75g large haha
     
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    Yes, I'm asking because if you have a 75g. It's around 50g of total water volume. Most of the people are changing 10% a week, so you can also set up daily small water changes with one 5g bucket.
     
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    Right...but once a week I’d still have to make a new bucket of saltwater and dump the waste...or do that in a very small amount everyday, which I’m pretty sure no one has time or energy for lol
     
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    Well I have this setup in my 500litre doin about 20% awc every 2 days.. today weirdly the tank overflowed after the awc .. m guessing the sensor that makes it stop maybe malfunctioned.. anyway it was chaos had to wipe the floor clean.. but I think I'd rather stick to manual awc from.now on rather then auto.. I hope the auto top off works fine for now have just shut everything will figure it out in the morning.
     
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    I’m lucky enough to have my laundry room on the other side of the wall from my tank.
    I mix my salt up I have a apex DOS that feeds from my water storage to my tank then from my tank to my waste hose for laundry. One flick of a switch and presto automatic water changes
     
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    I have a bucket and a 5 gallon jug around my tank all the time. fill the jug every 2 days and dump the bucket at that time. I can hide them if company is coming
     
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    As long as you have an overflow WID this u should be ok..
     
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    Define Overflow WID?? Thanks,
     
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    Oh now man, it's so sad I'm very sorry to hear about your problem. Another ATO unit wiped my whole frag tank a week ago, lost around $3k in corals. I can totally understand you now.
    I'm using two of Smart AWC units with no issues for about a 10 months now, doing daily water changes. But I've flooded the floor once as well when forgot to empty the waste bucket and it's overflowed. ;Dead

    Again very sorry to hear about, will clean my sensors today as well just in case. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Sorry I meant a overflow with your ato system in ur aquarium to avoid disasters like mine..
     
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    Thanks berlibee do you use your awc in auto mode or manual? As I am trying to figure out why the second filling pump did not stop at the upper sensor.. maybe I should swipe them clean too..
     
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