Pool pumps from builders

Discussion in 'Pumps and Waterflow' started by dallasg, 2 Feb 2009.

  1. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    hi all,

    are the pool pumps form builders reef safe?
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    Hi Dallas - the brand "SPECK" have been touted to be marine/salt-water safe....

    Many people I have heard of have actually used SPECK's without any problems....

    I think that some of the others might comment in this as well?
     
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    dallasg Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    cool thanks
     
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    The speck pumps should be salt water safe as I have seen a live rock holding tank with one of these for flow
     
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    dallasg Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    i am going to use these to pump from my 1000L plastic tank to my 4 tanks, if the flow is 2 much, i will branch off a flow to itself
     
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    You need to check with the manufacturer, we used pond pumps in the UK but they always need to be marinised (steel pieces removed and replaced with either ceramic in marine grade SS.)
     
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    I use a Speck pump for my pool. Not the best quality pump IMO. From the time we had it installed it has never been able to start without a bit of manual help. ie making timer control impossible. However if they do prove to be reef safe then Pandoras box would be open to us all. They have some monster pumps available. Would love to learn more JB.
     
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    Hi SunBurst - I have seen QUITE a few DIY skimmers that ran on SPECK pumps. Also - a marine fish breeding system, that had it's supply done by a SPECK swimming pool pump.

    Mike - Here's a quote from a website from the UK:
    "Badu

    Single Phase - Single Speed

    The BADU Series is produced in several models all Single Phase - and Single Speed, and we are sure that there will be a model to suit your requirements...

    The Speck Pumpen pump range are offered at a price of up to 20% and more off the normal list price. These are very reliable high performance units suitable for continuous operation in freshwater, marine systems and even some mild corrosive chemical applications. The Materials in contact with the water are 316 stainless steel and composite plastic."
    (URL: Speck Water Pumps - The East Riding Koi Co.)
     
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    That has got my interest. Thanks JB. Serious flow at great prices. . Sounds like the ideal closed loop pump. Will start looking for a local supplier and check out the costs. :)
     
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    SunBurst - Builder's stock them. For the 0.45kW model, (pushing around 18000 litres per hour) costs around R1450 (plus-minus).... but, have a look - you could find it a bit cheaper perhaps.....
     
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    Cool. Thanks. Will check it out
     
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    Wont a pool pump be very noisy in the living room?
     
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    Caleb - yes, this could be noisy - BUT, you can place the pool pump outside, if you can drill the walls of your house... then you can plumb the piping to your tank.
     
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    Don't they also generate a lot of heat?
     
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    Not the 450watt one's Tony.... BUT, I would still place it outside, if possible.... I had a 700 watt Boyu pump inside my sump at one stage, and my water temp went up by 2 degrees in total (+-870 litres of water)... And mine 700watt 26000 litre an hour Boyu was slightly more noisy than 2 LifeTech 5000 litre per hour pumps..
     
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