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Old 01-18-2013, 09:32 PM   #1
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Best Return Pump For Your $$$

I have a Rio 2100, but unfortunately it won't be enough. I'm thinking about getting a Catalina 3k or 4k. Thought and suggestions?
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Aquarium Water Pumps: Supreme Classic Mag Drive Pump

These where on sale 2 weeks ago. I replaced my 12 gph with a 18 Ph when my 9.5 Ph died. The 9.5 Ph I bought 10 years ago used. They can be used wet or dry and are fairly quiet.
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Mag pumps are always highly recommended. They are good balance of quality and price. A comparable pump to the Catalina 3K would be the Mag 9.5.
Mag-Drive Supreme 9.5 Pump - 950GPH - Bulk Reef Supply

I personally run an eheim. They are about the quietest commonly available pump, and are German made. The Germans make the best pumps in the world! The 1262 would be a comparable pump to the Catalina 3K.
Eheim 1262 Universal Pump - Bulk Reef Supply

I know both of these options are considerably more than the Catalina, but in this hobby you often get what you pay for - and your return pump is a crucial piece of equipment. It needs to run reliably, produce as little heat as possible, and often quiet is a desirable characteristic. Catalina has some OK products, but they are not known for their pumps. I would stick with Mag Drive or Eheim - in my opinion.
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Old 01-18-2013, 10:41 PM   #4
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Those are the responses that I'm looking for. My lfs suggested the Catalina... IMO I would use my rio over the Catalina. I'll look into the mag. I've heard great things about those.
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Old 01-18-2013, 10:42 PM   #5
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You think a 950 would keep up with both of my overflows?
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What size tank, and what size overflows?

When in doubt, go a size up. You can always restrict the return with a gate or ball valve. So long as you are restricting the return side and not the intake side, it will not have any detrimental effect on the pump.
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Old 01-18-2013, 10:53 PM   #7
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I'm not sure the size of overflows. I have 2 that I plan on running. My tank is 135g fowlr.

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I would go with a Mag 12.
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:51 PM   #9
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I'm looking into them now. Kind of off the subject; when I plumb both of my overflows, should they be 2 separate lines with their own filter socks, or T somewhere and only have 1 filter sock?
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Either way is acceptable. If you t them they need to feed a larger pipe so as not to restrict flow.
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