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rishma
07/17/2017, 06:55 PM
I have just pulled the tigger on a new system. I have had the same tank for 15 years (seriously). I'm excited for the change.

I have run a low flow return pump for a long time. I use an eheim 1250 on my current 55. With that in mind, what small return do you recommend? I could use my 1250, an eheim 1048 (which I own) or I could buy something new.
I don't want to debate low vs. high flow so please consider low flow a given.


Priorities:
- quiet....like super duper quiet
- quality, reliability

Thanks in advance

rishma
07/17/2017, 07:17 PM
Edit - I consider low flow about 4-8 times per hour display tank volume turnover. Not scientific but it works out to 130-270 per hour.

hazenight
07/18/2017, 09:42 AM
You could try the Reef Octopus VarioS-2 Controllable DC Circulation Pump. I know at it max setting is to strong for what you want, but if you use the lowest setting it could get you the amount of water movement you want. Plus it would be quiet.

Indiana Reefin
07/18/2017, 05:37 PM
I would just go with a sicce syncra or a tunze silence

hazenight
07/18/2017, 05:55 PM
sicce silent 2.0 puts out 568 gph

hazenight
07/18/2017, 05:58 PM
I have the sicce 3.0 and it isn't quiet by any means.

Potatohead
07/18/2017, 06:06 PM
I would likely do an Eheim Compact 1000. I would say Tunze 1073.008 but it's probably a little too small unless you only have like 3' of head pressure. Your 1250 would likely work as well but the others will use a fair bit less power and probably pay for themselves after a few months.

rishma
07/18/2017, 08:58 PM
I have the sicce 3.0 and it isn't quiet by any means.



Really? Ugh. Not good. Was thinking of sicce 1.5 but silence is key.

rishma
07/18/2017, 09:01 PM
I would likely do an Eheim Compact 1000. I would say Tunze 1073.008 but it's probably a little too small unless you only have like 3' of head pressure. Your 1250 would likely work as well but the others will use a fair bit less power and probably pay for themselves after a few months.

Good ideas. Thanks. Eheim compact 1000 could work, I have not found much feedback on those.

Tempted on 1073.008...Tunze fan. Agree it may not be strong enough.


The eheim 1250 only uses about 20
Watts. Amazing pump seems to last forever. Not totally silent though.

Potatohead
07/18/2017, 09:41 PM
Good ideas. Thanks. Eheim compact 1000 could work, I have not found much feedback on those.

Tempted on 1073.008...Tunze fan. Agree it may not be strong enough.


The eheim 1250 only uses about 20
Watts. Amazing pump seems to last forever. Not totally silent though.

These pumps are small enough I wouldn't be all that concerned about noise if you are using a quality brand. Something like the fan from your lights will likely be louder.

Indiana Reefin
07/18/2017, 11:40 PM
Really? Ugh. Not good. Was thinking of sicce 1.5 but silence is key.

One guys oppinion shouldn't sway you. I have had nothing but good results with sicce. I have owned multiple syncra pumps and had no issues with performance or noise

rishma
07/19/2017, 05:45 AM
These pumps are small enough I wouldn't be all that concerned about noise if you are using a quality brand. Something like the fan from your lights will likely be louder.


I totally understand. I am way more serious about quiet than any reefer I know. I have gone to silly lengths to Eliminate noise. My eheim 1250 is boarderline, so I search for quieter. 1250 is quiet enough for nearly everyone else. We all have our qwerks.

rishma
07/19/2017, 05:46 AM
One guys oppinion shouldn't sway you. I have had nothing but good results with sicce. I have owned multiple syncra pumps and had no issues with performance or noise

Fair point. Thanks.

hazenight
07/19/2017, 06:52 PM
I have read that the sicce pump will get more quiet after it has ran for a while, but we will see. (mine is only ran for about a month). I was also using a dc pump on my other tank.

solitude127
07/20/2017, 05:35 PM
I was using a Tunze silence pump on my ResSea 170 and it definitely wasn't silent. I changed out to the Eheim Compact 2000 and it's MUCH quieter.

rishma
07/20/2017, 07:42 PM
^excellent