Pump Recommendations


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First time ponder so I have no experience with any given brand of pump. I’m nearing completion of the build and it’s time to get the pump that matches my needs - ~2,300 GPH at 9’ of head.

I’d prefer to go asynchronous/mag-drive to save on hydro. I’ve done a narrow search so far and came across a couple models:

Aquascape Aquasurge 3000
Laguna Max-flo 4280

Just wondering if anybody has experience with either of these pumps or the companies that make them or other companies/models all-together?
 
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I have 2 Danner pumps and would recommend them; one has been going for 10 years now.

 
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We've only used Aquascape pumps and have been happy with them - we've got two that have been in use for 9 and 10 years respectively. Needed two new pumps this spring for two new projects and bought Aquascape.
 
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Good to hear the Aquascape reliability is there. I’ll check out the Danner stuff too.
 

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Good to hear the Aquascape reliability is there. I’ll check out the Danner stuff too.
I also use aquascape, while I have only used their pumps for a couple of years, there are no problems, and with the solids handling ones, I only have to clean the intake/pump once a season!
 
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I've been running a laguna max-flo for about a month without issue. Pretty efficient on power which is why I chose it.
 
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One feature that I fail to understand why is missing on 2-6K GPH pumps as standard
is remote inlet connection, which I just could not do without.
My Oase 2000 is connected to a skinner/ leaf basket down stream.
You can pull water from the pump or remote or both.
Very reliable pump - had it for 4 years , just awsome:
Was away for a hot week in summer, water level went down enough to stop the prime pump was trying
to restart every 10 minutes , gurgling for few days my neighbour said, but not one fish lost, top it up
and all is good.

 
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I don't know why it is so hard to find good pumps with an inlet connection. I had an awful time when I first installed my skimmer. Pumps with inlet connection are so much more expensive.
I tried one that was not powerful enough, so I order a larger one and it still was not strong enough. I ran the skimmer for about a year on the two pumps running together which was barely enough. When one of them stopped working, I decided to go big and try to find one that would work by itself. I found this one - a brand I had not seen before, but it was cheap. I've only had it about 6 months so we will see how long it lasts, but so far it works great.

AmazonSmile : VIVOSUN 8190 GPH Submersible Water Pump 500W Ultra Quiet Pump with 20.3ft Power Cord High Lift for Pond Waterfall Fish Tank Statuary Hydroponic : Garden & Outdoor
 

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