Return pump size for 120 reef tank

Discussion in 'Filters, Pumps, etc..' started by 120 Class, Jan 21, 2012.

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  1. 120 Class

    120 Class Plankton

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    I have a 120 reef tank (48x24x24) with 1 one inch drain and 1 3/4 return line. Refugium holds 30 gallons (32x16x16) and it will be underneath the tank. The Skimmer is a Reef Octopus XP- 2000 internal skimmer I have two MP 40's (and a couple of Koralia 750's if needed). I need to have a recommendation for a return pump, the quieter the better. I don't need it as a power head, as you can see, I have that taken care of, but I will be running it through a UV sterilizer which I also need your recommendation on. All of this will be plumbed with PVC.

    My sump is drilled for an external pump, but would do an internal if it meets my criteria.
    I'm actually looking at an Eheim 1262 pump. is this a good choice?

     
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  3. Arman2K

    Arman2K Coral Banded Shrimp

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    I have same size tank as ur.. I have 550 return :)
     
  4. 120 Class

    120 Class Plankton

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    Is that GPH@ 0' or is that taking in account for plumbing? Are you using a sterilizer, or any other accessories?
     
  5. Arman2K

    Arman2K Coral Banded Shrimp

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    yes I got a mag 5 550 gph.
     
  6. Arman2K

    Arman2K Coral Banded Shrimp

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    that what I used, maybe other might have better idea of it than me..
     
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    evolved Wrasse Freak

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    Eheim 1262 is an excellent choice.
     
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  9. Bubbaboy

    Bubbaboy Plankton

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    I have a dart 3600 on mine.
     
  10. oki_reefer

    oki_reefer Astrea Snail

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    i have a 120 with dual overflows running a Mag 18
     
  11. Arman2K

    Arman2K Coral Banded Shrimp

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    Sorry if I hijacked your thread. Is my 550 gph return enough for my 120g? I have 40g sump. Thank, sorry again if I do.
     
  12. Ryland

    Ryland Stylophora

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    I run a 740 GPH return pump on my 125. Including head loss I would guess I am getting only 650 gph. I would say your fine. If your flow is too fast and you have macros you lose the effect you are looking for.