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Return pump advice?

Discussion in 'Lighting and Equipment' started by kchristensen8064, Apr 13, 2018.

  1. I'm going to be upgrading my return pump soon and want to get some peoples advice one which of these 3 I should choose.

    #1. Sicce Syncra Silent 5.0
    #2 Reef Octopus VarioS-4
    #3 Aquamedic DC runner 5.1

    This is the order I'm considering them in but would love some other opinions.
  2. whyamisofly

    whyamisofly Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member

    I have the varios 6 and it's completely dead silent.

    I haven't heard a lot of positive reviews about Sicce for a while, especially about their noise levels.
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  3. Legonch

    Legonch Emerald Reef Supply M.A.S.C Club Member Featured Sponsor

    If you can go with a dc pump, that would save a lot of electric usage. Plus they are quiet.
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  4. I just added the varioS to my list today. From what I've read it seems like a solid pump. Quiet is definitely something I want as well as longevity. Other than noise what other things have you heard about the Sicce? I'm going to upgrade my skimmer to the Reef Octopus eSsence S-130 and sticking with the same brand is something I like to do.
  5. zombie

    zombie Barracuda M.A.S.C Club Member

    My vote would be for the varios even though I haven't personally ran any of them. From what I have heard on Neptune forums, those pumps are near bulletproof.
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  6. So I posted on R2R as well and someone threw another option at me that looks promising as well. It's the Current DC eFlux. I would like to add this one to the list of possibilities, if anyone has any experience or input on this pump as well.
  7. zombie

    zombie Barracuda M.A.S.C Club Member

    I would probably avoid that one. I don't know If you have an aquarium controller or plan to get one (if you don't they are well worth the investment), but the eflux require a bit of DIY with a voltage divider circuit to make them controllable. The varios and aquamedic just require a cable harness that you can buy for like 15 bucks.
  8. I do not have a controller. It's on my list of things to have one day but I don't have the funds at the moment. My return pump and skimmer are in need of an upgrade so those are definitely going to have to come first.
  9. NickP

    NickP Copepod M.A.S.C Club Member

    I have a sicce 5.0 FS. Really quiet and never missed a beat..100.00
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  10. jda123

    jda123 Tuna M.A.S.C Club Member

    What do you have now? Depending on what it is, a DC pump might not be any upgrade. New does not always mean upgrade. While you can turn them off with a button and change the flow (both of which are completely unnecessary), even if the first version of a DC pump was still running (very few are), they are not yet old enough to call them reliable. There are a few that look promising enough to get one knowing that they might not last more then 3-5 years, but this might not be an upgrade. My youngest return pump is probably 8-9 years old.

    IMO, make a decision on a return pump with 99% going to reliability and 1% going to whatever else you want. They are too important. Most all pumps can be quiet if you get them a pad or otherwise make them so.

    RO is on about their 3rd or 4th iteration of DC pumps in 5 years. If their past is any indication, then I would stay away from them. I got one in a skimmer once and had to replace it three times in a year... then traded it and had to replace it again for the new owner. CoralLive was really good about it, but that is not a good track record for a return pump.

    On your list, I would get the DC runner since you can get a new one in Loveland if you need one - well at least you used to be able to when Thomas was around and customers mattered.

    However, in your range of flow, I would get a Fluval SP4, plug it in and not worry about it for a decade, or more. $166 on Amazon. If that is too much flow, then Laguna Max Flo 1350 or 1500.
  11. Right now I have 2 Rio 1700's I have 2 displays running off one sump and I want to go from 2 return pumps to one higher flow pump and run a split.
  12. I'll keep this in mind when I decide which one I want to go with. I'm still very undecided, especially with the new options being mentioned. Reliability is definitely the top priority. Noise level is a plus but not a deciding factor.
  13. whyamisofly

    whyamisofly Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member

    Fluval sp4/6 or RO varios 6 would be my top vote.

    Curious why Fluval isn't on BRS.... would love to use some points on one
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  14. SkyShark

    SkyShark Barracuda Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    In my experience it really comes down to staying on top of regular maintenance. It’s easy to put off giving a return pump a cleaning and thorough inspection, but that will keep almost any reputable pump going for a long time. So no matter which one you go with, set calendar reminders for maintaining it.
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  15. I've decided to go with the Sicce Syncra Silent 5.0. Thank you all for your replies and feedback!
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  16. quackenbush

    quackenbush Copepod M.A.S.C Club Member

    I just replaced my Syncra 4 with a Syncra Pro and absolutely love it.
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  17. What's the difference between the silent and the pro pumps?
  18. NickP

    NickP Copepod M.A.S.C Club Member

    Would you like the one I have for 1/2 price of a new one???
  19. Normally I would be all over that but my whole system consists of used equipment. This will be the first time I've had something new so I'm a little excited about that. Otherwise I would already have cash in hand .Lol Thanks a bunch for offering though. If you still have it in a month or so maybe I'll buy it from you just so I have a backup on hand.

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