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Old 04-21-2008, 05:24 PM   #1
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return pump question

I have a 30 gallon with sump (10-15 gallon?). I need to increase the flow in my tank because the return pump is very weak - the one that came with the filter.

I was wondering what i could get away with because the tank will have to have a balance between overflow and return, correct? I am new but this seems logical i cant just put in the biggest pump i can or it will mess up the level of water.

Can anyone advise/help me out to understand this.. What is the best flowing return pump (and quiet would be awesome) i can get away with with that setup. The drain pipe is like 1" wide
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Old 04-21-2008, 05:30 PM   #2
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a 1" drain pipe is a good choice. All you really need to make sure of is that your overflow has a rating that matches up with your return pump New Acrylic Overflow Box and Skimmer Box for Saltwater Aquariums This is the overflow that I have. works with a mag5 or even a mag7 I have a mag7 on my 46g tank. the mag5 would be a better choice for a 30g MagDrive 500gph Water Pump: Premium Aquatics
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1" PVC allows for 600gph drain. A MAG5 or equavalent would work well for your size tank.
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is that the good one? the mag5? I will go with this one if its the best bet.

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Danner pumps are very reliable and have good reviews. I own two a Mag5 and a Mag7. They can be used submerged or inline. Look for them online you will save money over buying them at an LFS.
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i just looked it up, i think i have a CAP 1800 pump. is this mag5 better or is it like the same?
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CAP Aquarium Water Pumps Jacksonville Florida it looks like the Cap 1800 has about the same GPH rating as the danner mag5 I don't know how accurate that is because I have never had a Cap1800. I am happy with my danner mag7 very strong flow You could always continue to use the Cap1800 and add more flow with a strong powerhead
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thanks maybe i should just geta maxi jet
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IMO mag pumps are the best. I have the mag 9.5 and mag 12 and they are reliable and quiet.
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Mag's are great pumps, but they do add some heat to the water too If you only need more flow in the tank and you already have a pump rated for your overflow, then you should add some power heads. Look at the Hydor Koralia's and MaxiJets.
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