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Old 10-31-2013, 04:07 PM   #1
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What size return pump?

Planing a 240 gallon build. What size return pump would be recommended? I looking at the Danner Mag pumps should I go the 18 or 24? I will be doing a reef tank with SPS. Thanks guys
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Old 10-31-2013, 06:17 PM   #2
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My new system is 220g and I have a pump rated up to 9000lph. This is however a variable pump so I can tone it down if needed. I would recommend the same for yours.
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Old 10-31-2013, 07:07 PM   #3
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i'd go with the mag24....I just setup a 180g and used a mag18 and I could use more. lol
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Old 10-31-2013, 07:09 PM   #4
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Mine is a 240g with two corner overflows. It came with a Rio 26hf (rated 1590 gph) and is working, but I can drain a lot faster than I can return. My drains are practically closed to even things out. Upgrading is on my "to do" list.
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Old 10-31-2013, 07:11 PM   #5
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lol, I have the rio26hf on my 125g and it works perfectly. I'd say bigger for a 240g without a doubt tho
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Old 10-31-2013, 07:15 PM   #6
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Yeah, I kinda though that it was not going to work as well as I would want. It hums loud too, so I want something a bit more quiet.
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Old 10-31-2013, 07:29 PM   #7
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I have about 8 mag pumps and really like them so far, and they are quiet for me.
The rio is great too though, mine is pretty quiet and it has been running nonstop for over three years with no issues.
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Old 10-31-2013, 09:30 PM   #8
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So Mag 24. What size of bulk head/drains should I request? 1 1/2"? Bigger smaller?
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Old 11-03-2013, 12:21 AM   #10
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Mag 24 very energy inefficient and loud IME. Look into the new DC pumps that use less energy and more quiet.
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