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02/12/2007, 02:37 PM
Just purchased a EuroReef skimmer from your company and am happy with the quick shipment. I have a 75 aga reef ready tank. The return pump line will travel 6-7 feet (including going up approx 3 feet). What return pump would you recommend. (The flow rate from the tank is 600 gph). Thanks.

Jeremy B.
02/12/2007, 02:55 PM
Thank you for your order, we greatly appreciate it!

The recommended flow through on the ER's is 1 to 1.5x your tank volume per hour. You could always start at about 150gph and then work your way down from there to see what works best for you.


02/12/2007, 08:05 PM
Jeremy - I'm a little confused. I want to order a return pump from my sump. Are you saying I just need a return pump that only goes 150 gph? I thought I would need something much larger than that. By the way - one of the major reasons I use your company is that you actually respond to inquiries from your customers.

Jeremy B.
02/12/2007, 08:20 PM
I"m sorry, I didnt read carefully enough. I thought you were asking about the flow through for a recirculating EuroReef skimmer, I apologize.

For a return pump on that size tank you might go with a PanWorld 50PX or Iwaki 30 RLT for externals, or a Mag950 or Eheim 1260 for a submersible pump.

Are you going to put the pump through a static return, or will it be going through something such as a SeaSwirl, WavySea, etc?

02/12/2007, 08:25 PM
At this point I'm just going through a static return and I will be ordering a submersible pump. I have been told to install a gate valve after the pump so I can control the flow. I guess my issue is that the tank will be draining at 600 gph (is this right?) and I would need a return pump that would at least return the same amount to the tank from the sump. So I'll conduct a little research and order either the Eheim 1260 or the Mag950 from you. Thanks again. Rob

Jeremy B.
02/12/2007, 08:27 PM
Actually you do not need a pump that will be flowing right at 600gph. You could have a pump that is doing 450gph and the drain will still work just fine. The drain/overflow in your system actually takes out no more, and no less water than what your return pump is putting back in.

Also, you don't necessarily need a gate valve in this situation, a ball valve will be much cheaper and work just fine for you.

02/12/2007, 08:33 PM
isnt the eheim 1260 and external pump also?

Jeremy B.
02/12/2007, 08:47 PM
Yes, same as the Mag, they can be ran either way, however true external pumps are typically stronger, have less heat transfer, and last longer over time.

02/12/2007, 08:51 PM
im glad you told me that....i was planning on running one externally. Is the velocity Blueline the same thing as the panworld?

02/14/2007, 05:03 PM

Jeremy B.
02/14/2007, 09:13 PM
The Velocity is a completely different pump the PanWorld pumps. The Velocity is the most quiet pump you will find on the market, however it dos put quite a bit of heat in the water.

02/14/2007, 09:42 PM
previously you mentioned the PanWorld 50PX or Iwaki 30 RLT for externals for a 75g return pump. My biggest concerns are heat and noise. With those two factors in mind, which external pump would you recommend?

Jeremy B.
02/15/2007, 08:09 AM
IF heat is the main concern I would recommend going with either the PanWorld or Iwaki, but for noise I would definitely go with the Velocity. Do you have a chiller on the tank?

02/15/2007, 11:16 AM
No I dont, and I was trying to avoid using one.

02/15/2007, 11:17 AM
is panworld and Iwaki pretty much the same noise level?

Jeremy B.
02/15/2007, 11:36 AM
They are both very similar in noise. For the price, the Panworld is a pretty darn good deal.

02/15/2007, 11:37 AM
panworld it is....thanks for the help

02/15/2007, 12:27 PM
one last thing, since im not using my sump return for my main circulation of the tank (Im using powerheads). I should be fine with the panworld 40px on my 75g instead of the 50px. Is this corrcect?

Jeremy B.
02/15/2007, 02:27 PM
That should be just fine for you. You shouldn't really see a big difference between the two.