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Old 05/16/2018, 09:43 AM   #1
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pool pump or sump pump

has anyone ever used a pool pump or a sump pump on your systems? just curious. i see a lot of these types of pumps really cheap and i could always use extra pumps!



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Old 05/16/2018, 09:47 AM   #2
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The biggest issue with sump pumps is they are made for freshwater so things will likely rust if used in saltwater. They make saltwater pool pumps so those could be used with our systems

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Old 05/16/2018, 04:14 PM   #3
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We use Jacuzzi pumps (1/2, 3/4 and 1 hp) in our fresh water aquatics facilities. They definitely make SW compatible versions that I expect will be reef safe since the components of the pump housing are plastic. However be aware that these pumps are veryLOUD and dump a lot of heat into our systems.


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Old 05/16/2018, 04:19 PM   #4
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Also, some pumps have oil in them. If a seal were to go you could pollute your reef.

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Old 05/16/2018, 07:51 PM   #5
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Cheap to buy expensive to operate..

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Old 05/16/2018, 08:18 PM   #6
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why not just get one for a saltwater tank... they arent that pricey

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Old 05/17/2018, 11:18 AM   #7
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I had a spa pump that was designed for salt water for over 20 years. It was very reliable, quite, more energy efficient than most aquarium pumps. 3000GPH at 6' of head using 150watts partialy restricted, ss it was too much flow for my sump. It was used (5 years old maybe more) when I got it with my tank and still working great when I got rid of that tank. I did replace the seal twice in the time I used it. The only reason I did not keep it is I wanted a bigger sump on my new setup, so went with a more compact internal pump. I think it was a W.M. Lim pump if I remember correctly. I would definitely recommend them if you want an external pump.

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Old 05/28/2018, 08:43 PM   #8
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I just got a Tristar 1.65 hp pump for my pool that uses 80-90% less power than my single speed Hayward 1.5 hp. Has 8 built in timers to adjust rpm and times. Super quiet. I wonder how it would work in salt water aquarium? It also used for pools with salt systems, although the sp gravity is way less than seawater.

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Old 05/29/2018, 02:26 PM   #9
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I don't know about other pool pumps, but mine runs on 220v

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Old 05/29/2018, 03:37 PM   #10
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I don't know about other pool pumps, but mine runs on 220v
This pump is 220v also, but the new style electronics makes is a variably speed and super efficient. Some even let you wire to 110v with similar results. In my case with a basement sump the only question would be head pressure.

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