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Setup: 800GPH model | Submerged in sump | Using 1' barb & flex tubing.
I recently had one of my Sicce syncra 3.0 pumps go out on me. It was not that old & despite routine maintenance, it began to really struggle. I decided I would try another brand & stumbled across this one. With my second Sicce still hooked up (for now!), I can really notice right off the bat just how silent this pump really is. The vibration level is hardly noticeable. I had to feel the flow to make sure it was running. The Sicce pumps no matter the setup (rubber legs, on foam, off walls, etc.), give off this buzz sound that you eventually get used too....
The flow itself is as advertised. The setup was simple.
This pump is truly impressive so far. I will create an update post if anything fails or any issues occur sooner than anticipated!
Update: 3/16/2021 - the pump is still running like a champ! So much so that I purchased 2 more (1 to replace my other sicce & the other to go on a custom river tank). These things are still silent. Very VERY impressed with hygger on this one! Highly recommend.
I was running a Magdrive 950 for the past 6 years from my sump to a chiller in a loop. The mag is getting old and maybe running hotter than when new. I decided to try a DC motor because its only 33watts vs the mags 95 watts.
I timed the flow from the pump (using the downward intake attatchment) through my 1/3 HP chiller and into a 5 gallon water jug. It was doing around 6 gallons a minute, faster than the OLD mag but doubt as fast as a new mag 9.5. The mag was doing like 4 gallons a minute. Its rated at 1000 gph . I think I got around 4-6 feet of head through the chiller in resistance for 360 gallons per hour. I think the only way to get close to its rated would be using larger hoses than 3/4" or no hoses.
Calculate your head to get the flow, I would take the rated flow and cut it in half for real world flow.
I did have one issue, it stopped pumping and the panel read (ERROR). I just unplugged it and plugged it back in and it started back up.
I'm very leary of this pump now. If it gets a error and stops pumping then my chiller turns into a iceball and tank heats up to 88. The old mags are reliable as they do not have a control panel to glitch out.
I had asked a question about this before I purchased it. The manufacture said if the panel goofs up it will continue to pump. We it stopped pumping on a error. I'm wondering if the chiller turned on a maybe a voltage drop caused the error.
I wish they would make one with an option to run it at full blast and not have a controller = less to go wrong = more reliable. I don't need or want that digital pad just wanted less heat in my tank.
I will know more after a few weeks of running, I hope no more glitches.
Uodate aug 2 months later. Still pumping no issues .
Great pump and value for the money. Plenty of different fittings to hook up to diy canister filter. The ability to control flow power and pause for feeding (resumes automatically after 10? Min) makes it perfect for aquariums.
I only have a 55 gallon tank so I have it only using 30% power (lowest setting) on the 2650GPH model. So there is enough power for a 120+ gallon tank in the future.
Well, I'm both a little impressed (with how quiet it is, how efficient it is and the parts that came with it) and a little disappointed (with the lack of flow) I bought this 2650gph pump (at 80w) to replace a 2450 pump (unning at 400w) because it allows you to turn down the flow .. I only need about 1800-2000goh right now, but will expand the system and need the full 2650. Something my other pump, which runs at full speed all the time, doesn't allow ... Well, instAll was easy and it came with nice connection options, the best I've seen. Controller is easy to use and the pump is near silent. But, it only flows about half as much as my 2450gph pump. .. and that was with half of the old pumps flow bypassed to the sump..... So, more like a 1/4 of the actual flow. H What a bummer. If it actually flowed 1500-1800 at 2' head, this pump would be perfect. Now, back to searching
OK after owning a week I thought I should warn you guys. Plugged in installed works very well adjustable flow through regulating the voltage on the controller. Although this is a good theory at heart its very inconsistent with the flow it puts out. Meaning the flow can be anywhere from 700 to 750 gph. The big downfall is after we lost power for 5 mins i noticed everything in my 100 gallon tank was on and running but something was off so I checked the pump and it had started to hum like it was struggling I lifted it out of the water and it started working again like it had to reprise itself. If your out all day and your pump stops working or on vacation this is a big no go for me. Ordering a different one now BEWARE...
This is a great, little pump. With a pumping capacity of nearly 3,000 GPH and a head of around 17' it is amazing it is so small. I love the fact that it is a DC powered pump; the ability to run it at 30-100% capacity is really great especially if one is not sure of the volume they will need. I suppose that many would consider the pump to be on the slightly expensive side but, with its maximum output (2,600 GPH is a lot of water!) & the ability to vary its output from 30-100% it is well worth the extra cost. The pump is absolutely silent too, I was a little surprised. Longevity is the only remaining "x" factor & only time will tell whether the pump lasts for years & years (I have the feeling that it will).
Excellent initial impression. I have this connected to my Red Sea Reefer 250 and I have the pump pushing about 5 feet of water running at 75% power right now. This pump is incredibly quiet! The pump runs quiet and seems well built. The controller was simple to set up and works well. One thing to note; the smallest tubing adapter that came with the pump is 3/4 inch. If this pump's longevity is as claimed, I'll be thrilled with this purchase.
Pump is versatile and powerful (and really big). So, out of sump operation is the use of these sorts of DC pumps. The instruction manual is written in Chinglish, so don't expect to have a clue what the controller is supposed to do.
Lasted 7 months before problems started happening. I started to have problems with it keeping flows consistent, the same settings would not hold the same gpm as the day prior etc.. Found flow to be almost dropping completely out throughout the day set at around 75 for power.
Now the last couple of weeks the pump has gotten louder and louder without any visual indicators when I take it out of my system and inspect and clean it so it's something internally to be causing the extra noise.
Future pumps once this one does fail fully I'll be sure to spend $250 on something designed to last a lifetime