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Old 08-26-2013, 04:58 PM   #1
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Mag Drive pumps

The pump for the skimmer that I got with my 240g this weekend is not working (it was fine at this guy's house last weekend though). It is a Rio 14 HF, but I am thinking of replacing with a Mag Drive 7. Are the Mag Drives quiet? Any other suggestions for something comparable?

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Old 08-26-2013, 07:51 PM   #2
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I've had no problems with my mag pumps. The mag 7 has lower flow than that rio. Might want to look into what the recommended flow if your skimmer is. May need to get a mag 9.5
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They are quiet enough. I had a few fail me just out of warranty though. I like Quiet one's better. I am using 2 danner mag drives on my system now and they are working well.
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Old 08-27-2013, 01:20 PM   #4
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I am going to have to try and figure out what skimmer this is. Looks older, not transparent (kinda white), probably 2' tall...it had the Rio on it and he said it skimmed great, I've just never been a Rio fan. I will look into Quiet Ones too.

I'm still trying to figure out how to set up the sump and refugium...I've got a 35g acrylic tank, a 45g acrylic tank and this 240g came with two CPR Aquatics two chamber wet/dry filters (1000). He had one running as it should and then he had that connected to the other, which just held the skimmer and then the return back to the tank. I've got four "containers" and an 8'x2'x2' tank.

I'm thinking about having one of the CPR's as the mechanical filter (thinking of converting to a sock instead of how it is now) maybe add some live rock...then connect that to the second CPR and use that just for the skimmer...then add either the 35 or 45g (with some customization to add chambers) as a refugium...then return pump back out to the tank. That gives me 30g + 35-45g under the tank. Would that work okay???
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I have two in my sump and they are quiet. I have a mag 12 and a 9.5 in the sump. I am pleased with them.
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Old 08-27-2013, 02:18 PM   #6
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I have a mag 9 in my 90 gallon and its quiet. I bought a mag 7 for a 55 gallon that I had and it was loud.

Mag 7 loud
Mag 9 Quiet

Stay away from the Mag 7.
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Old 08-27-2013, 02:56 PM   #7
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They are quiet enough. I had a few fail me just out of warranty though. I like Quiet one's better. I am using 2 danner mag drives on my system now and they are working well.
The regular or Pro series for Quiet Ones?
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I used the regular ones. I never had one fail, and they were quiet.
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One more thing I don't think was mentioned- Eheim pumps are excellent pumps. A bit pricey though.
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Old 08-27-2013, 08:04 PM   #10
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I'm looking into the Quiet Ones... I'm okay with good, quiet and not-so-pricey.

Hey Mr X (or anyone else) what are your thoughts on my "under tank" situation? I've never created a sump/fuge, so this is new stuff for me. I figure I've basically got four containers and if I can create something with those, then great. If not, I might just sell those and start with something new. Its a glass 240 (8x2x2) with overflows in each corner (also has three drilled holes in the bottom that were plugged). I'm all ears on this one.
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