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Help me choose a return pump!

Discussion in 'Lighting and Equipment' started by ianryd, Jan 8, 2020.

  1. ianryd

    ianryd Copepod

    In efforts to maintain stability I've decided to add a 10 gallon, 3 chamber refugium sump to my 20 gallon nem tank. I will be using an overflow box rated at 200gph. My head height is about 40". I'm looking at these return pumps-Sicce Syncra 1.0 and Eheim Compaction 1000. Another option is the Current USA 6009, (I have the loop system for my powerhead) but the minimum gph is 210. I suppose I could run a T back to the sump inlet for an overpowered pump. I'd like to keep it under $100. If there are any other pumps anyone would recommend let me know thanks!
     
  2. Haddonisreef

    Haddonisreef Kraken M.A.S.C Club Member

    Sicce is a great pump I’d go w the 2.0 if I was you.
     
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  3. ianryd

    ianryd Copepod

    So that pump has a max flow of 568, should I be looking at pumps in this flow range instead? Is it better to have more flow than needed and just run a T with a valve back to the sump inlet?
     
  4. Haddonisreef

    Haddonisreef Kraken M.A.S.C Club Member

    If it’s too much then ya runs t to split the flow. I have one running in my frag tank and it’s only 15 gallons.
     
  5. ianryd

    ianryd Copepod

    Awesome thanks for the advice!
     
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  6. SynDen

    SynDen Kraken Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C President M.A.S.C Webmaster

    Sicces have a dial on the pump that you can use to turn down the flow if its to much
     
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  7. Dr.DiSilicate

    Dr.DiSilicate Kraken Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    I’ve run a sicce for just over a year. Very very quiet and has been reliable... at least for a year. Impeller looked perfect when I took it apart to clean.


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  8. ianryd

    ianryd Copepod

    I ended up going with the Hydor Seltz D 500. Nice little pump so far. Has a slight audible hum, but not too loud. Im running it at 60% and its keeping up just right.

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