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carnut
03-17-2017, 10:49 PM
So the red dragon died on my alpha skimmer. Need to find a replacement. Vertex want 400 for a motor block that is not a red dragon and i'm afraid the impeller and housing won't fit. Has anyone changed out their pump with a pump you can still currently get?

hillegom
03-18-2017, 04:08 AM
Following along, as I would like to know as well
Sorry I can't help you

Ace Storman
03-18-2017, 07:07 AM
I hope this helps as I was doing some research on the Red Dragon pumps. Here is a cut and paste from another reef forum...

"The Laguna Max Flo 1500 is the same motor block as the RD 1500. You do get a longer power cable though. The other difference is that the RD has the base plate with the rubber feet which you either need to carefully remove from the RD and glue onto the Laguna or So cal tropical reef outlet has a base they sell for the Laguna pump which should work in conjunction with the Alpha. Once you get the pump, you transfer the impeller housing and impeller onto the Laguna and you are set.

I recently purchased a Max-Flo 1500 just so I have a spare pump. You take apart the pond pump assembly and inside is the pump motor."

And here is a link to the thread...

http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2325185

Here is a link to just the motor block...

http://www.lagunaponds.com/en_us/laguna-power-jet-1500-motor-unit-110-v-csa-approved-pt715/

Does it compare to your Red Dragon? I would want to look at the spec's on both pumps to make sure that they compare.

Cheers,

Norman

Ace Storman
03-18-2017, 07:27 AM
And if you can't find the Laguna Max Flo 1500 pump, the replacement for it is apparently the Laguna Max Flo 1350 (PT#8240).

Ace Storman
03-18-2017, 02:29 PM
And if you can't find the Laguna Max Flo 1500 pump, the replacement for it is apparently the Laguna Max Flo 1350 (PT#8240).

and a link to just the motor block...

https://ca-en.hagen.com/Water-Gardening/Replacement-Parts/PT395

davej
03-18-2017, 06:34 PM
Contact spitfire on here, he has some red dragon blocks and impellers, and may be able to help you out

hunggi74
03-23-2017, 08:19 PM
I (BBlinks) replaced my RD pump in a Mini 180 with a Laguna 1350 from Homesalive. Canadian site and you can order by part so no need to spend extra on unnecessary parts. If you have trouble or are a big procrastinator like me BBlinks hourly rate is $1000000 hour.

Stones
03-23-2017, 10:22 PM
Same thing happened to my Alpha 250 skimmer. I purchased it from an American vendor and they were able to order in a replacement Red Dragon motor block from Germany for ~$250 US at the time which was several years ago.

It was cheaper and quicker for me to replace the pump with a Reef Octopus DC RODC 5500S pump which had very similar specs in terms of water/air draw and also came with the added bonus of being controllable.

Ryanerickson
03-24-2017, 02:46 AM
I (BBlinks) replaced my RD pump in a Mini 180 with a Laguna 1350 from Homesalive. Canadian site and you can order by part so no need to spend extra on unnecessary parts. If you have trouble or are a big procrastinator like me BBlinks hourly rate is $1000000 hour.

Also had to do this on my bk mini 200 today pretty easy procedure skimmer works like a king again.

Reef Supplies
03-24-2017, 03:22 PM
We have a good half dozen pumps on the way.....if they ever freaken get here!

hunggi74
03-24-2017, 05:40 PM
RD pumps? What about impellers and parts? You would be a life saver!!

Reef Supplies
03-24-2017, 07:25 PM
RD pumps? What about impellers and parts? You would be a life saver!!

We are stocking all Alpha motor blocks and impellers. Just no complete pumps.

They would have been here this week but.............

spit.fire
03-25-2017, 05:00 AM
We are stocking all Alpha motor blocks and impellers. Just no complete pumps.

They would have been here this week but.............

Ha. Now I know where to send all the people who keep asking me for motor blocks lol. Wanna buy all my impellers lol

hunggi74
03-25-2017, 11:42 PM
Anyone have a spare impeller for a gen 1 BK mini 180?