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mbush73
03-16-2016, 09:07 PM
Looking for suggestions on a return pump for a 240 gallon tank with a 70 gallon sump. So many choices... internal, external, controllable, etc..... I am wanting a quiet and dependable pump that will also run a BRS GFO\Carbon reactor and be good at a 6 foot head heighth. What is everyone using and happy with? Thanks in advance.

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jjmoneyman
03-16-2016, 09:23 PM
Personally I prefer internal Mag Drive pumps. They are work horses, but I'm sure you'll get plenty of suggestions.




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charleshardy5
03-16-2016, 09:23 PM
New ecotech vectra pump would do just nicely, I'll be purchasing one before too much longer

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Coral Xpressions
03-16-2016, 09:43 PM
Aqua medic has nice dc pumps, aqua excel are good too. Text inbound my friend with some options to look at as daddy has access to (almost) it all now

jjmoneyman
03-16-2016, 09:47 PM
External will keep temps down though. Something to consider




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mbush73
03-16-2016, 10:02 PM
Was thinking external at first, but have always used internal. The controllable DC pumps sound convenient, but I just wonder about lifespan vs an internal mag drive. I am not worried about heat since I have LEDS as the main light source with some T5 suplement.

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Coral Xpressions
03-16-2016, 10:06 PM
THE DC pump on aqua medic skimmer has been running non stop since I got it a long long time ago with no loss of power. I could be wrong but pretty sure they are magnetically driven just the same. Just different type of current that uses less electricity

Coral Xpressions
03-16-2016, 10:06 PM
I'm sure levi or doyle will chime in with the whole matrix talk in the differences if any

Levi
03-16-2016, 10:18 PM
I use dc return pumps because I like to control the flow rate without a ball valve. I have always been a mag drive fan because they seem to take a beating and keep on pumping. My next pump I'm going to hopefully get is the abyzz pump.

http://www.abyzzamerica.com/category-s/100.htm

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hooked
03-16-2016, 10:22 PM
LOL, Thanks Bush. I don't have any experience with the newer DC pumps. Currently I am running all Mag drive pumps. I have a mag 18 mounted externally on my 180. A Mag 9 mounted in the sump on my 90. I do plan on switching to DC pumps as mine fail. Which will likely be a while. I calculated the cost to buy vs the savings in electricity. It's not worth switching until I have to spend money on a new pump. However, if I was just starting a tank. It would be dc pumps for sure.

Coral Xpressions
03-16-2016, 10:23 PM
Lol, but are they still magnetically driven vs a shalt attached to a spinning gear or something

Coral Xpressions
03-16-2016, 10:26 PM
Like here's an impeller for a dc pump. Looks same as a mag driven pump so my backyard math says they're mag driven as wellhttp://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/16/03/16/5ee26497824890fa876158088a832395.jpg

Coral Xpressions
03-16-2016, 10:27 PM
Mag drive impeller
http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/16/03/16/001deb4b945f2e53fd3326ebdbb951c2.jpg

Coral Xpressions
03-16-2016, 10:28 PM
MAG (7, 18, 24) is a but a brand isn't it?

Levi
03-16-2016, 10:31 PM
Yes they are all magnetically driven but one uses 120v AC to spin the magnet and the other uses 24v DC

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Coral Xpressions
03-16-2016, 10:34 PM
Boom. I'm always right when I'm not wrong.

So yeah, I'd def go DC if they made one big enough to replace this reef flow dolphin for my system. I'll take energy savings where I can. Especially when I'm only running this pump at about 50% each direction and some individual tank ball valves closed a bit too

scrumpto
03-17-2016, 04:05 AM
Been using one of these with zero trouble for a year and a half now. It's quiet on the lower settings but starts to whine a little on the upper end so it's better to go bigger than you need and not push it to 100%.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00INTDJDA?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_search_detailpage

Here's the newer version which I also own but haven't used yet.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00SQX5CEM?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_search_detailpage

Levi
03-17-2016, 07:49 AM
Remember the dct are not controllable by the apex or similar controllers. I agree go bigger and keep it on a low setting. I have a dc9000 on the 120 and never went about 3 which was a lot of water.

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mbush73
03-17-2016, 03:16 PM
So, going to give a jebao DCT 12000 a shot. Found them online for a hundred bucks so we will see. I will keep the mag 18 as a backup just in case.

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fisher
03-17-2016, 05:07 PM
The only problem i had with a dct12000 was I was running too much calcium and it seized the ceramic shaft bearing. A vinegar soak solved that . It runs a 300 gallon system, an algae scrubber, and a uv sterilizer. Been using for about 1 1/2 years with no other problems.

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719bloodhound
03-17-2016, 05:49 PM
I have been running the jebao dc12000 for over a year now at about half power

mbush73
03-18-2016, 08:49 AM
Thanks for all the input and we will see how it all works out.

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Bpfish
03-21-2016, 10:45 AM
I've heard good things about the dc pumps easily adjustable and good reliability. No personal experience with them yet. Mag drives have always been a favorite of mine.

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