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Old 04-03-2013, 09:42 PM   #1
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sump pump recommendations please...

So I have a 20g or so sump and a 39 gallon DP. I have a pump pushpins 280 gph. Im pretty sure I need a more powerful one. And one that's not gonna break me. I was looking at the danner mag 5. I have about 3.5' of plumbing from the pump to the DT. So I have to count in that head. I don't want some piece of junk and I would like one that ran cool. I know ehiems are great but kinda outta my budget. Any recommendations?
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:53 PM   #2
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Danner mags are fine pumps. Many of us have this brand. In addition to head loss, the diameter of the return line will also affect the actual gph. If the diameter is too small, then the actual gph will be lower than the manufacturer's stated gph.

Eheims would be my first choice if I had not already bought my Mag 18. Eheims are more quiet, which is nice. Maybe you won't care since there are other factors in a reef system that can cause noise.
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I got 3/4" or 1" tubing for return. Not sure right off. Herbie method. My tank is pretty quite. I just want it to stay cool any pump more.
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:31 PM   #4
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At .75" diameter return line and 3.5' height from pump to output, then you flow would be 312gph (assuming no elbows). 302gph with 2 elbows. IMO its enough flow going through your sump and you may wan to add a gate or ball valve.

If you want more options, then look on reef equipment seller website like marinedepot or bulkreefsupply. You can read the different reviews on each of them if you wish.
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I was just wondering how much gph I am loosing with the head. And its seems like not enough flow for my chaeto in my sump. I could be wrong.
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Sorry i forgot to mention the numbers above is based on mag5 pump.
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Just google head loss calculator. There is one on reef central. It's super easy to use and gives you a good rough estimate.
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Just google head loss calculator. There is one on reef central. It's super easy to use and gives you a good rough estimate.
He is there
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I think I'm gonna get the danner mag 3. 350 gph. Mine now is actually only pushing 275 gpg. I think the 350 is good for a 39 gallon tank with 15-20 gallon sump (not positive on sump actual water volume). How much better are the ehiems and why?
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Aqueon is another brand I looked at but no prefilter and just the way it looks constructed kinda drove me away.
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