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xiaan
08-10-2011, 05:29 PM
I currently have the Next-Reef SMR1 Bio-pellet reactor and I was using my return pump to power the reactor. I wanted to switch to a dedicated pump for the reactor but I have been having trouble getting the right flow rate through the reactor to make the pellets tumble correctly. I have tried a EHEM 1250 and a Water Blaster HY-2000 both did not give enough flow to tumble to pellets correctly.

I am wondering what people are using for a pump and what flow rates they are using.

The Grizz
08-10-2011, 05:31 PM
I have the MR1 reactor run by a AquaMedic Ocean Runner 2500.

Bblinks
08-10-2011, 06:05 PM
I use a rio 1700 pump for my smr1. good realiable work horse. I have ran rio 1400 and 2500 pumps for over 7 years. The 2500 has been through my fresh water tank to my 72 bow front to now mixing salt in the 50 gallon container, never ever had an issue.
I run my pellets at a decent flow, just enough to tumble all the pellets but not crazy so the bacteria doesn't get washed-off.

xiaan
08-11-2011, 04:03 PM
It looks like I need a pump around 500-800gph
I am thinking of getting a Eheim Compact 3000 any other pump recommendations?

kien
08-11-2011, 05:16 PM
I use this.

http://i1002.photobucket.com/albums/af144/muzanji/IMG_9910.jpg

http://i1002.photobucket.com/albums/af144/muzanji/IMG_9905.jpg

kien
08-11-2011, 05:18 PM
They also have a 1100 version which is 1100GPH. You could use that with a valve and adjust your flow as needed.

lastlight
08-11-2011, 05:58 PM
http://i1002.photobucket.com/albums/af144/muzanji/IMG_9905.jpg

Just to be clear Kien... you wrap before you pump? Is this primarily to keep things quieter?

kien
08-11-2011, 06:20 PM
Yes the rubber does help to silence the rigorous pumping but is also great protection as well.

Bblinks
08-11-2011, 07:08 PM
I use this.

http://i1002.photobucket.com/albums/af144/muzanji/IMG_9910.jpg

http://i1002.photobucket.com/albums/af144/muzanji/IMG_9905.jpg

Pretty smart. Dude 29.99 for that pump is a good price. ehiem are quieter, but for the money you just can't beat that.

RuGlu6
08-22-2011, 12:07 AM
Pretty smart. Dude 29.99 for that pump is a good price. ehiem are quieter, but for the money you just can't beat that.

+1 :mrgreen: