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Old 01-10-2004, 11:27 PM   #1
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Maxijet 1200 Pumping (Head height)

I have just acquired a free 10G glass tank that I plan on forming a sump with for my 29G SW FOWLR.

I have a spare maxijet 1200 powerhead that I want to use as a return pump, its rated at 295 GPH. I have a CPR backpack overflow box to provide water into the sump (which has a flow rate of 300gph)

The water is being pumped up approximately four feet (give or take). What output am I actually getting from my maxijet? I can't find any tables online (like the ones that mag-drive posts).

Will a maxijet work for me? or should I buy some mag-drive pump?

Once again, it's a 10G sump for a 29G tank. The sump is about 4 feet below the display tank.
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Old 01-11-2004, 01:17 AM   #2
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I would go with a pump that's actually made to return water. The maxi-jet 1200 is a powerhead mainly used for circulation. At 4' you will hardly get any flow out of this PH. If your looking for a cheap quality pump I'd check out the Quiet One line of pumps.
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Aren't all quiet one's external? I recommend a smaller MAG. Like a mag 5.

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Old 01-11-2004, 01:41 AM   #4
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A maxi jet 1200 has a maximum pumping height of 59"
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Old 01-11-2004, 04:32 AM   #5
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with that head height and that pump you might be actually getting about 20 gallons an hour or something rediculously small. i like the mag pumps but have heard they dont have the durability of some other pumps. i guess iw ill find out eventually.
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Acutally folks you would be supprised at the ability of the MJ1200 at 4' head. Smonkey might be close with his estimate of 20GPH. While I have never timed it I us a 1200 to pump water back into the tank from a 5 gal bucket and it takes a couple minutes per bucket to pump. A 20GPH pump would pump 1 gal every 3 minutes. My guess would be 60GPH at that head pressure.
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Aren't all quiet one's external? I recommend a smaller MAG. Like a mag 5.

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''Quiet one's are internal or external. Just got a 4000 for my new tank. It was between that and another mag drive 9.5, thought I'd try something new and it was a lot cheaper
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I'd probably go with a Mag 5. Make sure you put a valve on the output side of it so you can regulate the flow if you need to.
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