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Old 03-30-2004, 04:09 PM   #11
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Jim if you take the rios apart and clean them they might get quiter.

For powerhead style rio's i like to say use Maxijet instead.

For pump size rio's i say use Mag instead.
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I forgot to mention, they're new. I replaced them with maxijet 1200's which are much, much quieter.

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Old 03-30-2004, 05:48 PM   #13
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i just got a hob fug setup with a small rio pump i can hear it all night! time to get a new pump huh!
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Old 03-30-2004, 08:32 PM   #14
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what your hearing is the acutal magnet inside banging aganst the unit itself as it spins. Obviously that cant be good for the overall life of the unit.

IMO you will be better off finding an equivlent flow rating maxijet or hagen powerhead.

I got some Hagen 802 powerheads in my 80 and they are fabiouls. They are rated for something like 495GPH each.
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Old 03-30-2004, 10:33 PM   #15
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thanks mark. thanks gauge. im currently using a mag 9.5 but am getting another pump for a new skimmer. someone on this site recomended the rio for the skimmer. i may use a blue line instead of a mag. id like to mount the whole apperatus outside of the sump.
Bluelines are top quality...as good as Iwaki IMO. I agree that the Rio pumps aren't much good. They have a new line of pumps out and I don't know much about them...anything would be an improvement though. I refuse to even sell Rio pumps on my site. For a submersible, you can't go wrong with either Mag Drive or Dolphin. JMHO.
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Old 03-31-2004, 12:49 PM   #16
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logan can you get me the external dimensions of the blue line 20hd?
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I think so...let me see what I can come up with and I'll get back to you.
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hmm i was under the impression that rio were ok pump. i got mine for $44 and it is a 2500 hh it pumps a lot of water and have not had any problems with it yet. but i have only had it for a week. but for noise it is not all that loud. it is not much louder then the cap 1200 i had before.
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Rio RVT

I've got a Rio 600RVT, which I ended up with because I don't know of any other RVT style. I use it to suck any stay air out of the CPR siphon. If the Rio isn't going to last...does anyone know of an RVT style replacement powerhead?

If I go with a non-RVT, I might have to get a VERY large powerhead that will push too much water for my small tank.
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Douggiestyle,
The 20HD is 8" long, 4" wide, and 4" high. It has a 3/4 MPT inlet and outlet. It draws 45 watts of power.

Brad,
Looks like the Rio 200 is rated at 138 gph. I'm thinking a Maxi Jet 600 with a venturi attachment (Premium Aquatics) would get the job done. It's rated at 160 gph. I know an MJ900 (230 gph) would do it. I'm pretty sure, with the 900, you wouldn't even have to get the venturi attachment. You could connect the airline right to the outflow on the powerhead with the included attachments. I have a small skimmer that came with a Rio 200. I got an extra 200 with it (all used to be fair about it). Neither of the Rios would run for more than about 15 minutes...I ended up installing an MJ900 with the venturi attachment and haven't had a problem since.
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