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Old 02-09-2014, 01:55 PM   #1
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Return pump noisy

I just set up a 55 gallon cube 24x24x20. Used. In the sump the return pump is so noisy. I would like to get something else. What is a good quite pump and how many g ph do you recommend.

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Old 02-09-2014, 01:56 PM   #2
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Old 02-09-2014, 09:49 PM   #3
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Just curious. What pump are you using that's loud?
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Old 02-09-2014, 10:03 PM   #4
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That was my question as well, what pump do you have now? You can also place a rubber pad under the pump to quiet it down a bit. I use mag drives and have never had any issues with noise.
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There's some new variable speed DC pumps on the market that a supposed to be very quiet and economical to run. Check your pump make sure that it's not touching the tank side. Try putting something like a filter pad or rubber feet under it. Good Luck!
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Old 02-10-2014, 04:33 PM   #6
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I just bought this aquarium set up off craiglist. There is no name brand on the pump, but a little sticker that says 2010. It has suction cups on the feet. I have a glass sump, not to sure that makes a difference. It sounds like my dishwasher is on. I'm going to spring for a new one. What do you recommend for a 55 gallon.

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Old 02-10-2014, 04:38 PM   #7
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I just picked up an Eheim Compact 3000 (396-793 GPH) and it's very nice and super quiet. They have a 5000 model that pumps a littler faster (660-1321 GPH).
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My 55 gallon came with a mag 5 (500 gallons per hour). Depending on your overflow you could go bigger. I'm looking replacing my mag 12 and mag 18 with a SpeedWave DC Pump - 2640 GPH from BRS next bulk buy. They have 2 smaller sizes 790 and 1320. I'm hoping to cut my electric bill down bit as the DC pumps are more efficient.
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Any DC pump will be much quieter and cheaper than mags.

I like the speedwaves series. Its a good pump among hobbyists in my area and my local reef store recommends them.
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Where have you found a dc pump thats less than a mag? I would love to go dc but all the ones I have seen are $200+. My mags have all cost me less than $100, except for my mag 18 of course. lol
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