perhaps I should top off more often...

Netofficer3710

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I just checked my salinity for the first time in at least a week and my reef says it is at 1.029 SG

would this explain why I thought a couple of my corals (zoanthids) appeared a tad bit paler than normal today?

also how long should I take to drop it back to 1.025 without hurting my fish and inverts?
 

hollister

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I dought this explains your corals. Remember whene water evaporates the salt stays behind. Just top off and it will be fine.
 

AaronM

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Might explain it if all other levels are in check. Personally, I'd lower it to 1.026 over a 36hr period.

Aren't you topping off daily? My 55g eats like 750mls a day. I top off in the morning + evening after work...routine.
 

sczlars

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I have a 1 liter reservoir that I fill daily, that drips RO water into my 15gal. Its cheap, and keeps Specific Gravity within .001. I just can't go on vacation yet :). An ATO is in my future.
 

Lynnmw1208

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I agree and ATO like the JBJ one is definitely worth the investment. I don't have to worry about the salinity spiking or my pumps running dry which is really nice. I was filling up the sump about 1-2 gallons a day! much easier to fill up a 10 gallon tank and fill that up once a week.
 

jmacc702

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How much are premade ato units? And how difficult are they to set up? I'll be traveling quite a bit in nov-march (ncaa basketball) and wanna make sure my soon to be set up aquarium can at least be simple enough for my gf to maintain while I'm gone
 

pkirby

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I was adding water daily until I went on vacation and had my sister feed the fish and add water to the tank. She remembered to feed the fish, but not top off the water. I came home a few days later and the pump had just about run dry! It was about 1/2 in water and 1/2 out of water! I could hear it as soon as I opened my front door, so I took off running to the tank to see what was wrong... I ordered a JBJ auto top off the next day. I now own two, one for each of my tanks. They are very simple to set up and they've worked great for me. Pricing isn't too bad IMO. Now I can go away for a week or more at a time and not worry about it... also, my daily maintenance is reduced, I just refill the water reservoir every weekend... makes the tank more enjoyable IMO.
 

Lynnmw1208

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How much are premade ato units? And how difficult are they to set up? I'll be traveling quite a bit in nov-march (ncaa basketball) and wanna make sure my soon to be set up aquarium can at least be simple enough for my gf to maintain while I'm gone

I got mine from premium aquatics as they had one of the best prices. bulk reef supply sells them for $10 less but they seem to never be in stock.

http://premiumaquatics.com/store/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=PA&Product_Code=JBJ-ATO&Category_Code=
 

HowieB

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I bought a dual sensor from autotopoff.com for about $50.00. Attached it to a pump in a 20 gallon reservoir. Lasts me 2-3 weeks.
 

jmacc702

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How large of a pump do you need? and if I were to buy an aquarium controller, could this perform the ATO functions as well as monitor and operate my tank? (sorry I'm not trying to jack your thread!!:()
 

HowieB

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I use a small Maxi-jet. Although the dual sensors actually turn the pump on and off, I have it plugged into my Reefkeeper as a backup. The Reefkeeper supplies power for 1 minute every four hours. This is so just in case both of the dual sensors get stuck in the on position, the sump wont overflow.
 
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