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Help me choose a pump for my build

Internal or external pump?

  • Internal

    Votes: 2 100.0%
  • External

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    2
  • Poll closed .

steveb

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Spring
#1
I am to the point that I am ready to start plumbing the return on my 265.

I currently have a reeflo dart gold hybrid that I was planning to use but you know how it is.. space is at a premium under the stand.

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So thinking of maybe going internal.

Here are some details to consider before choosing. I was planning on using part of the return from the dart to feed image1.jpeg image2.jpeg water through a UV sterlizer and 1/3hp chiller.

So if I go internal I suspect I would need two pumps.
 

Luman01

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Mar 25, 2017
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Richmond
#2
You can look at the maxspect duo it’s super powerful and it has 2 outputs so it saves space! Not sure on the gph, cus your gonna need a lot.


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Bigfishy

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Mar 7, 2014
#4
I like the idea of two pumps. If one goes out you still have flow. I run two pumps on my tank.


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Cody

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Jul 23, 2014
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The Woodlands, TX
#6
Internal. Easier to clean, easier to replace. Realistically, you're dealing with maybe 8' of head pressure with the height plus elbows. Going with a 5x turnover rate, you should be fine with an internal. Get a boss mag drive and call it a day. Those things crank very nice pressure.
 

Reefahholic

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League City
#7
I don't know steveb....If you have the cash...I'd probably go with a Red Dragon or Ecotech Vectra M1.

If you're poor like me...go with Mag Drive 18 or 24. I'll be running a 9.5 on my 75/G. No doubt those pumps are tough.

All my mag drives have been through multiple builds...they don't die. lol.
 

RR-MAN

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Aug 18, 2003
Location
Pearland
#9
There is so much variety in the market-I have been running the laguna pump in the previous tank and current tank-ultra quiet.

It is too powerful for my two giant overflows so installed a couple of gate valves to throttle it back.

I have all the apex gear so next I want to try the Neptune core pump just for the heck of it.
 

steveb

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#10
There is so much variety in the market-I have been running the laguna pump in the previous tank and current tank-ultra quiet.

It is too powerful for my two giant overflows so installed a couple of gate valves to throttle it back.

I have all the apex gear so next I want to try the Neptune core pump just for the heck of it.
You have a link to the laguna pump?


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RR-MAN

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Pearland
#11
I have this one-the enclosure comes off easily and an average size pump inside-these pumps lasts forever and very quiet.

You probably need the one below this model so lesser price;


 

steveb

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#16
1300 to 1600 gph. I have the larger pump as I was planning on running a uv sterilizer plumbed into a chiller as well + originally I was going to put some taps for a couple of reactors if I needed/wanted to run them. But unless I downsize the calcrx I don’t think they will fit.


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steveb

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#19
Nope. No money right now.

I have the brand new Reefflo Dart hybrid. I may have a mag 12 or maybe it’s 18 in storage.




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fogcutter

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Aug 6, 2015
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Magnolia 77355
#20
I bought a Jebao 3500 for my 90 gallon (thanks again Steve!) to use as a stand-in until I could afford something better. I found however that it does a pretty good job on it's own. I like the idea of running two pumps but I think I'm going to have two pumps plumbed but only one run full time. I'm going to use the APEX to control the other pump as a backup. My other choice is going to be the Reef Octopus Varios 6 but I haven't decided yet which one will be the primary and which will be the backup.
 
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