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Old 02-15-2013, 04:35 PM   #1
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Best/favorite return pumps

Hey guys my Eco-plus 1267gph return pump failed after 1 month of running I unplugged it to blast out the intake with a turkey Baster I couldn't figure out where I had put the turkey Baster down so I just plugged it back in. Less than 24 hours later I was dead in the water if I unplugged it and plugged it back in it would kick on for maybe 2 seconds
Then kick off. So I need a new return pump and fast I am currently using a maxi- jet 1200 to keep water running through my life support system. I am think either the rio hf 32 or mag 12 but I need a few more opinions so fire away.
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Old 02-15-2013, 04:36 PM   #2
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Mag drives get my full support here unless you wanna go with an external mount then I would pick something like iwaki or reeflo.
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Old 02-15-2013, 04:38 PM   #3
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I do have the external option if I wanna go that route but I think I'm too much of a fiddler so I'll likely end up with leaks.
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Old 02-15-2013, 04:41 PM   #4
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Ya, external mounts are nice and keep the heat exchange at a minimum but unless you need a very large pump I would stick to submersibles.
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Old 02-15-2013, 04:51 PM   #5
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It's in my basement so heats not a very big issue I just would like a reliable submersible pump that is trust worthy. I know that the mag drives are reliable but my Lfs sells them for $199 I could get it online for $129 but I need it as fast as possible.
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Old 02-15-2013, 04:52 PM   #6
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I would still order it. Even if you paid to have it overnighted it would still be cheaper which honestly as long as you have the 1200 running you could hold off a couple days.
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Old 02-15-2013, 04:58 PM   #7
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On drs.fosterandsmith overnight shipping is $77. Do have any expierence with the rio hyperflows I like there in impellers they look like the same design as the reeflos external pumps.
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Old 02-15-2013, 05:04 PM   #8
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I know of people using the Rios and are happy but I have no input on them other then the look itself doesn't look to be as well built as the other pumps named. $77 though! Ouch... Figured it'd be more like $50. Regular shipping is fairly cheap on dry goods though so like I said personally I would just wait the extra couple days and run the 1200.
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Dr Foster has free shipping on orders over $49.
yes this is ground shipping but you should get it in like 3 days
alot cheaper than spending that extra $77 for over night !! you could use the extra $$$ for something else
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I am currently using a Rio and a Mag 7. The rio was the return pump on my 36 before I upgraded the system to a 55, where I then replaced the Rio with the Mag 7. I like the Mag much better, it is silent. The rio is quiet now that it has been retrofitted as the pump feeding my dual canister filter, but as a return pump it was loud.
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