Using the unique Barrel Tender ATO device from Avast Marine

The Barrel Tender from Avast marine is such a unique product, it’s hard to compare it to anything else that is available in the aquarium market. Simply put the Barrel Tender is a high precision “float switch” that includes a…

Aqua Medic’s new Refill-System

Aqua Medic added an auto-top off unit to their product line, aptly called the Refill-System. The top off unit features an infrared optical sensor with delayed circuit, as well as a backup float sensor. Aqua Medic mentioned there’s also a…

Avast Marine Diaphragm pump is the mother of all top off pumps

The new diaphragm water pump that Avast Marine has just revealed is the beefiest in the genre we have seen to date. Not since Innovative Marine’s Hydrofill ATO pump have we seen a diaphragm water pump with such high pressure…

Smart ATO Review: almost perfect with a couple of quirks

The Smart ATO is the smallest and most novel water level sensor and automatic top off controller the hobby has yet seen. The magnetically coupled sensor and controller are one assembly, with a single light sensor being sent through a…

Hydor’s Smart Level Control was well worth the wait

The first time we saw the Hydor Smart Level, it was practically love at first sight. What’s not to swoon about a simple box with three cords, one power switch and a few basic indicator LEDs? we knew then that…

Hands on with the beautiful, impossibly small Smart ATO by AutoAqua

Despite being framed in calipers, nothing displays the incredible compactness of the new Smart ATO from AutoAqua like seeing it in person, and holding it in your hands. The new water level sensor and controller of the Smart ATO fit…

Hydor’s Smart Level ATO controller is ready for full deployment

We got our first look at the Smart Level at InterZoo about a year and a half ago. Within that time Hydor has greatly refined the design of the Smart Level ATO controller and it is now ready for prime time. The…

Smart ATO from AutoAqua is heating up the arms race of Automatic Top Off systems

Smart ATO is a novel new device from AutoAqua which uses an optical method of determining water level height in your sump. When AutoAqua first hit the aquarium scene with a slew of different ATO systems for aquariums we kind…

Hydrofill ATO Controller is a complete topping off machine from Innovative Marine

The Hydrofill ATO Controller from Innovative Marine’s new Aqua Gadget line appears to be quite the device for maintaining water level in a sump or aquarium. Designed to be used in conjunction with the Hydrofill ATO Pump, the Controller is…

Hydrofill ATO Pump heavy duty diaphragm top off pump by Innovative Marine

The Hydrofill ATO pump by Innovative Marine is the first real new diaphragm water pump to arrive on the aqarium market in a really long time. For years aquarists needing a low volume, high pressure water filling pump had to rely…