Need new return pump

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  1. CBSurfrider

    CBSurfrider Millepora

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    Not sure if this constitutes an emergency or not. My return pump is making screeching noises followed by pushing air bubbles out into my tank through the returns. I thought I fixed it by flushing my pump in a bucket of vinegar, but it's doing it again. I want to buy a new return pump ASAP before this one quits on me. My tank is 300gal, 61" head height. I'm thinking a 1200gph? Any particular brand you all can recommend? Thank you
     
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  3. DBOSHIBBY

    DBOSHIBBY Sleeper Shark

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    i would look for something with 1200-1500gph with head loss. if you get 1200gph it wont be near that once it gets to the tank. as for pumps I always have run magdrive pumps but they definitely aren't a fan favorite.
     
  4. Av8Bluewater

    Av8Bluewater Giant Squid

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    Get a DC pump. I got the reef octopus which is a jebao with slightly different accessories.
    Not sure if it's out yet but a Reef Octopus rep told me they've had a lot of trouble with the jebao version and are coming out with their own version that will be white. I'm happy with mine but it's only 8 months old.
     
  5. Pickupman66

    Pickupman66 Tassled File Fish

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    DC pumps are the big rage right now for good reason.

    1. They are controllable
    2. They are extremely Quiet
    3. Use much less electricity

    what pump do you have now? is it an external one? could be a bearing. I have a Jebao DC6000 and Love it. its a bit small for your 300 gallon tank but a DC12000 would be perfect..
     
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  6. CBSurfrider

    CBSurfrider Millepora

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    Honestly I have no clue off the top of my head what brand it is. It's an internal pump that came part of the sale with my 300. Funny how it hasn't made a noise since I put this thread up. I'm going with the DC12000 when I get a new one. I'm focusing on a RO/DI unit first of the month.
     
  7. RoloSaez

    RoloSaez Millepora

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    I purchased a Reeflo Dart. runs quiet and has plenty of power. It's an external pump. Comes with two impellers one pushes more water than the other.
     
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  9. Vinnyboombatz

    Vinnyboombatz Giant Squid

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    If it is blowing bubbles there may be a leak in your plumbing.:(
    Check all fittings.Good luck.
     
  10. gcarroll

    gcarroll Zoanthid

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    I would not ever recommend any Jebao made DC pump to anyone (including enemies) as a return pump. This includes all the pumps made by them under various names.
    1. They are controllable. (Not sure how this feature is really helpful in a return pump.)
    2. They are extremely quiet (As are many European made pumps with the same flow rate)
    3. Use much less electricity (No less than other pumps with the same flow rate)
    My main problem with these pumps is reliability. You have to ask yourself, “What failure rate is acceptable for a return pump?”
    There are many other issues that concern me as well however, we can discuss that later.
    I would recomend a pump like the Fluval Sea SP4 or SP6 (dialed back with a ball valve) but it really depends on what pump you are replacing to give you a more tailored recomendation.

    If the pump you are replacing is internal, you may have other issues you are not addressing rather than a pump problem.
     
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  11. Pickupman66

    Pickupman66 Tassled File Fish

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    I appreciate your position. I've had great success with mine So im speaking from there. Also if u read my post you would see I referenced DC pumps and then spoke on what I have.
     
  12. Av8Bluewater

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    That's basically what the reef Octopus rep told me. They had a lot of issues with the Jebao made Reef Octopus and are now making their own version.
     
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