How to Install & Maintain an Autodoser

Instruction Manual, Warranty, Troubleshooting & Replacement Parts for the Aquascape Automatic Dosing System for Ponds (#96030) and Automatic Dosing System for Fountains (#96031)

The Aquascape Automatic Dosing System, when used in conjunction with the Aquascape Automatic Dosing System water treatments, provides pond and water feature owners with optimum water conditions and crystal-clear water.

The Aquascape Automatic Dosing System was designed to take the guesswork and mundane chore out of adding water treatments to your pond or fountain on a regular basis.

Adding water treatments consistently and often ensures pristine water quality and optimizes water conditions. This instruction manual will guide you through your installation of the Automatic Dosing System as well as recommended maintenance procedures to ensure long-term effectiveness.

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Aquascape Automatic Dosing System Warranty

The Aquascape Automatic Dosing System is guaranteed for one year from the date of purchase. Proof of purchase required. Warranty does not cover damage resulting from negligent handling, misuse or lack of reasonable maintenance or care. Warranty is valid against defects due to material and workmanship only.

The sole obligation shall be to replace the defective unit with a suitable replacement unit. Units should be checked for proper operation prior to returning as defective. No liability for loss or damage of any nature or kind, whether arising out of or from the use of the product, whether defective or not defective, is assumed by Aquascape, Inc. or its affiliates. The warranty does not cover the pump cartridge as this is considered a consumable part. Please see our Maintenance Section for care instructions.

Aquascape Autodoser Contents & Electrical Specifications

Contents

  1. Automatic Dosing System (Autodoser)
  2. 6-Watt Transformer
  3. Discharge Tubing
  4. Output Hose Holder
  5. Water Treatment
  6. Mounting Plate

Electrical Specifications

Automatic Dosing System

  • Input Voltage: 12V AC
  • Input frequency: 60 Hz
  • Input Watage: 2.5W (max)
  • For outdoor or indoor use
  • Thermally protected
  • This system has been evaluated for use with the Aquascape Automatic Dosing System Water Treatments only.

Transformer

  • Input Voltage: 120V AC
  • Input frequency: 60 Hz
  • 6-Watts
  • For outdoor or indoor use
  • Thermally protected

Aquascape Automatic Dosing System Safety Information

WARNING: Risk of electric shock – This product has not been approved for use in swimming pool or marine areas.

WARNING: To provide continued protection against risk of electric shock, connect to properly grounded, ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets only.

PLEASE NOTE: Aquascape Automatic Dosing System water treatments have been specifically formulated to work with the Aquascape Automatic Dosing System. Using water treatments not designed for use with the system may permanently damage the unit and void the warranty.

WARNING: This product is weatherproof but is not designed to be submersed in the water or operated at ambient temperatures below 40°F/4°C.

  • Have a qualified electrician install a properly grounded receptacle outlet, acceptable for outdoor use when protected from direct sunlight, snow and rain.
  • If possible, locate the outlet or filter so that the power cord will reach the outlet without an extension cord.
  • Inspect cord for damage before using.
  • If an extension cord is required, be sure it is rated for outdoor use.
  • Any wiring of this product should be performed by a qualified
    electrician to ensure code compliance and user safety.
  • To reduce risk of electrical shock, all wiring and junction connections should be made per local codes. Requirements may vary depending on usage and location.
  • The power cable should be protected at all times to avoid punctures, nicks or abrasions.
  • Never handle power cords with wet hands.
  • Unplug system at receptacle outlet when not in use.
  • Do not remove cord and strain relief. Do not connect conduit to product.
  • Do not use power cable to lift the Automatic Dosing System.

Aquascape Automatic Dosing System Installation Instructions

Automatic Dosing System Installation Options

Automatic Dosing System Discharge Options

For Ponds:

For Fountains:

STEP 1

Carefully remove the contents of your dosing system from the packaging. Attach the transformer to the dosing system power cord using the quickconnect fitting attached to the system’s main power cord. Please note: the transformer should be plugged into a GFCI rated receptacle. The transformer included is 12V. The unit can also be powered by an existing 12V transformer used for 12V lighting.

STEP 2

Open the dosing system by pressing the four blue tabs simultaneously on the control panel while gently lifting upward.

STEP 3

Attach the water treatment pouch by first removing the existing water treatment cap. Then, insert the clear inner tubing into the water treatment and seal the connection using the threaded cap attached to the inner tubing. Finish the pouch installation by connecting the other end of the inner tube to the connection at the bottom of the control panel.

STEP 4

Place the attached treatment inside the canister. Then, place the control panel back onto the canister.

STEP 5

Attach the included discharge tubing to the fitting on the side of the control panel. Simply insert the tubing into the fitting until it stops. The discharge tubing can either be installed directly into the pond or fountain or installed using the included output hose holder. The output hose holder can be easily attached to plumbing or other round surfaces. Refer to the installation diagrams on the following page for more information.

Note: Install the system as close to the water feature as possible to minimize the distance your water treatment needs to travel.

STEP 6

Using the plus or minus buttons on the top of the control panel, select the proper amount of gallons to be maintained. If you are treating a fountain or small water feature with less than 500 gallons, we recommend using the 500 gallon setting. If the fountain or water feature contains more than 500 gallons of water capacity, increase the setting to the proper gallonage.

To Calculate Pond Size in US Gallons:
Length (in feet) x Width (in feet) x Average Depth (in feet) x 7.48

TIP: For new or problem ponds and fountains, we recommend using the X2 button for the first two weeks of operation.

STEP 7

Priming Mode – When first setting up the system or when adding a new water treatment pouch, the system will need to be primed in order to push the water treatment through the length of output tubing. To enter the priming mode, hold the x2 button for 3 seconds until the LED indicator light begins to flash. The system will begin to slowly prime itself at this time. The priming mode will automatically turn off after approximately ten minutes, returning to normal operation. The priming mode can be exited at any time by pressing the x2 button while the unit is priming.

STEP 8

Be sure to inspect your dosing system often to verify that the treatment pouch is not empty and ensure proper functionality of the system. Click here to approximate how often you will need to replace your selected water treatment.

Available Aquascape Autodoser Water Treatments

Fountain Water Treatments

1) Prevent for Fountains (#96042)

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Aquascape Prevent for Fountains, when used in conjunction with the Aquascape Automatic Dosing System, prevents undesired water conditions, including the buildup of unsightly debris and scale.

> Buy Prevent for Fountains at our Online Store

2) Clean for Fountains (#96037)

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Aquascape Clean for Fountains will quickly and effectively clean debris from the surface of the feature, restoring the natural beauty of your water feature.

> Buy Clean for Fountains at our Online Store

Pond Water Treatments

1) Maintain for Ponds (#96032)

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Aquascape Maintain for Ponds uses a combination of beneficial bacteria and enzymes to reduce pond maintenance and maintain optimum water quality, allowing you to spend more time enjoying your pond.

> Buy Maintain for Ponds at our Online Store

2) Clean for Ponds (#96034)

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Aquascape Clean for Ponds contains a powerful combination of sludge eating bacteria and enzymes which reduces organic waste caused by fish waste, uneaten fish food, leaves and debris that fall into the pond. Reducing organic debris helps to optimize water clarity and quality.

> Buy Clean for Ponds at our Online Store

3) Clear for Ponds (#96033)

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Controlling the buildup of debris and unsightly water conditions can be difficult. Aquascape Clear, when used with the Automatic Dosing System, can be dosed slowly and consistently, reducing issues caused when shock treating the pond, resulting in a clean, clear and maintenance free pond.

> Buy Clear for Ponds at our Online Store

4) Protect for Ponds (#96035)

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Aquascape Protect for Ponds is made from natural plant extracts chosen for their natural healing properties to reduce fish stress while preventing parasites and bacterial infections.

> Buy Protect for Ponds at our Online Store

How Long do Autodoser Water Treatments for Ponds Last before Needing Replaced?

  • 500-Gallon Pond: 166 Days of Treatment
  • 1,000-Gallon Pond: 83 Days of Treatment
  • 1,500-Gallon Pond: 55 Days of Treatment
  • 2,000-Gallon Pond: 42 Days of Treatment
  • 2,500-Gallon Pond: 33 Days of Treatment
  • 3,000-Gallon Pond: 28 Days of Treatment
  • 3,500-Gallon Pond: 24 Days of Treatment
  • 4,000-Gallon Pond: 21 Days of Treatment
  • 4,500-Gallon Pond: 18 Days of Treatment
  • 5,000-Gallon Pond: 16 Days of Treatment

 

To Calculate Pond Size in US Gallons:
Length (in feet) x Width (in feet) x Average Depth (in feet) x 7.48

Aquascape Automatic Dosing System Maintenance

The Aquascape Automatic Dosing System requires minimal maintenance. When replacing water treatments, take a few seconds to inspect and clean the tubing of any debris that has formed or become trapped in the tubing. A soft pipe cleaner, available at most hobby stores, can be used to clean the tubing.

The pump cartridge, located on the underside of the control panel, is a consumable part that may wear over time, reducing the accuracy of the system. It is recommended to replace the pump cartridge once each year (Pump Cartridge Kit Item #96040).

> Find a Replacement Pump Cartridge Kit at our Online Store

Do not operate at temperatures below 40°F / 4°C as doing so will void the warranty.

Your Aquascape Automatic Dosing System and liquid water treatments are not designed to be operated during freezing temperatures. The unit is equipped with an internal protection thermostat that will shut off the dosing pump at temperatures below 40°F / 4°C. Remove the dosing system during winter freezing temperatures and store it in a frost free location.

Aquascape Automatic Dosing System Troubleshooting

The pump does not seem to be pumping the liquid treatment from the pouch into my pond or fountain.

  • Make sure the unit is getting power.
  • Make sure the inner tubing and discharge tubing are properly connected and not kinked.
  • Make sure the system is primed. To enter the priming mode, hold the x2 dosing button for 3 seconds (this may take several minutes). Refer to page 5 for more information.
  • Listen closely, as you should be able to hear the pump turning if it’s working correctly.
  • If problems persist, it may be time to replace the pump cartridge.

There is no power reaching the unit

  • Check that the transformer is plugged in.
  • Try replacing the transformer; please note that the Aquascape Automatic Dosing System uses a 12V low voltage outdoor rated transformer.

Aquascape Automatic Dosing System Replacement Parts

  1. Output Hose Holder (#96043)
  2. O-Ring (#96044)
  3. Mounting Plate (#96047)
  4. Pump Cartridge Kit (#96040)
    > Available at our Online Store
  5. 6-Watt Transformer (#98375)
    > Available at our Online Store
  6. Tubing Kit (#96041)
    > Available at our Online Store
  7. Control Panel Kit – Includes control panel, inner tubing and discharge tubing. (#96054)
    > Available at our Online Store
  8. Canister (#96045)