Aquamedic Ocean Runner 3500

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  1. Kirk_M

    Kirk_M Chevron Tang LARC Supporter

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    Anyone here ever use one of the Aquamedic Ocean Runner pumps? Some call them "Poor Man's Eheims," stating that they work very well, and use lower wattage than a similiarly sized Eheim (I have a 1262 that pumps 900 GPH @ 80 watts, and the 900 GPH Ocean Runner consumes 65W). Anyone know anything about the reliability & heat transfer of these submersible pumps? They are priced at about 1/2 of an Eheim price, and the performance curve is identical for both of these 900 GPH pumps.

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    Kirk
     
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    I use one on my turbofloater skimmer and have had no problem with it been runninnig it for almost a year now, also runn one on my closed loop for the same amount of time.

    Steve
     
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    might run one of these for a new return pump since its the same gph as the eheim i was thinking about and cheaper and more energy efficient. good questions kirk
     
  4. Kirk,
    I have had very good luck with oceanrunner pumps. Have been using them for years without problems. Lonny
     
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    I got the 3500 today ... tested it out. It's very quiet. So far, I am happy with it. I'm going to use it to drive the LifeReef skimmer when it arrives.
     
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    Lifereef, with hesitation. The only reason I agreed to it was because I ordered a sump from him, and wanted to be sure it fits. Hopefully I won't regret it, and wind up buying one of the new Tunze skimmers when they come out, or, a Deltec. I ordered the VS3-24, because I wanted the flanges. I don't care what Jeff says, the skimmer's going to get filthy, and it WILL affect the fluid dynamics and the skimmer's performance.
     
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    your not joking kirk, the skimmer chamber being dirty does affect its output. My G-3 isnt putting out as much foam as fast as it was when i first got it. My problem is I have to tear down the entire tank and move it to get the skimmer out to clean it :evil: . I was at least able to get the pump out and clean it and that helped quite a bit.
     
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    Gary,

    Custom sump...we're looking at July. I am really considering not getting his skimmer. It just seems SO oldschool, venturi driven with a very high wattage pump. I went over to CC today, and he carries Deltec now. I have to say, I wasn't impressed by the build quality. I didn't see one in action because he didn't have one hooked up and running, but, all of the Deltec stuff he had (fluidized bed, ca reactor, kalk stirrer) looked SLOPPILY constructed -- the PVC/Acrylic edges looked unfinished to me, and the weld joints on George's own stuff look better. I think I am going to hold out for Tunze's Master DOC skimmer line.
     

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