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  • Ocean Runner 3500 Universal Pump

    Aqua Medic
    Ocean Runner Universal Pump - 3500

    Regular Price: $159.99

    Special Price: $139.99

  • Quiet One Pro Series Aquarium Pump - 400

    Lifegard Aquatics
    Quiet One Pro Series Aquarium Pump - 400

    Regular Price: $12.99

    Special Price: $10.99

  • Quiet One Pro Series Aquarium Pump - 200

    Lifegard Aquatics
    Quiet One Pro Series Aquarium Pump - 200

    Regular Price: $11.99

    Special Price: $9.99

  • Mover M-Series Circulation Pump - M1900

    Rossmont
    Mover M-Series Circulation Pump - M1900

    $159.99
  • Mover M-Series Circulation Pump - M1500

    Rossmont
    Mover M-Series Circulation Pump - M1500

    $134.99
  • Mover M-Series Circulation Pump - M1200

    Rossmont
    Mover M-Series Circulation Pump - M1200

    $109.99
  • Mover M-Series Circulation Pump - M900

    Rossmont
    Mover M-Series Circulation Pump - M900

    $84.99
  • Neo-Flow 10,000 Adjustable Flow DC Prop Pump

    Cobalt Aquatics
    Neo-Flow 10,000 Adjustable Flow DC Prop Pump

    Regular Price: $142.99

    Special Price: $134.99

  • E-X-T In-Line Pump

    Cobalt Aquatics
    E-X-T In-Line Pump

    Regular Price: $32.99

    Special Price: $27.99

  • QuietFlow Submersible Utility Pump - AQ8000

    Aqueon
    QuietFlow Submersible Utility Pump - AQ8000

    Regular Price: $199.99

    Special Price: $179.99

  • QuietFlow Submersible Utility Pump - AQ400

    Aqueon
    QuietFlow Submersible Utility Pump - AQ400

    Regular Price: $24.99

    Special Price: $19.99

  • QuietFlow Submersible Utility Pump - AQ600

    Aqueon
    QuietFlow Submersible Utility Pump - AQ600

    Regular Price: $25.99

    Special Price: $22.99

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Utility Pumps, Powerheads, and Circulation Pumps

Water pumps play an integral role in aquarium keeping by powering filtration systems, providing oxygenation by circulating the water, and recreating natural flow patterns inside the aquarium. Water pumps can be broken down into three groups, Utility Pumps, Powerheads, and Circulation Pumps. Utility Pumps are most often used to move larger volumes of water through filters or sump systems and can be for use both submersed in water, or externally depending on the design of the pump. Utility pumps can also be used for a variety of other applications:

  • Closed loops
  • Draining and refilling aquariums
  • Powering large protein skimmers
  • Powering large filtration units
  • Pumping water through water features such as fountains or waterfalls

Powerheads are smaller internal pumps that typically have a flow rating up to 300gph.They are often used with small filtration systems, for extra circulation within the aquarium, or as secondary mechanical filtration with the use of a sponge prefilter. Powerheads are often used for:

  • Undergravel filtration
  • Media reactors
  • Sponge filters
  • Extra circulation
  • Mechanical filtration

Circulation Pumps come in a variety of sizes, with flow rates as high as 5000gph.

They are designed to increase water flow inside the aquarium with a wide spread yet gentle flow, typically being most effective when paired with a wave maker or pump controller. Some circulation pumps like EcoTech Marine’s Vortech pumps have their own controllers with a multitude of programmable options and are capable of generating actual waves in the aquarium. Circulation pumps help to:

  • Increase oxygen
  • Prevent detritus waste from settling and move it towards the filter intake
  • Assist corals in feeding and removing excess mucus
  • Providing a current for active fish to exercise
  • Add essential water movement to reef aquariums

For any questions regarding water pumps, and what type of pump might be best for your aquarium, please contact us at customerservice@bigalsonline.com or call us toll free at 1-888-824-4257

 

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