BUYER BEWARE By Alex on 9/24/12
Alex would recommend this product to a friend
This pump only runs on one mode, BEAST MODE. When you power this thing up it reminds me of a turbo on a car spooling up.
I bought this pump to replace a Mag Drive 12 that was putting a ton of heat into my water (I was at 83F).
I hooked this up to my 75 gallon freshwater. It is pumping through...
2 Inland seas canister filters, sized down to 5/8 to go through a hydro 300w heater and a 15w UV sterilizer. This thing puts out more flow than my Mag Drive 12 with only pushing through one canister filter and heater.
The fan on this thing is LOUD. I can't stress enough to you how loud this fan is. The pump is in a 1" thick cabinet downstairs by my front door and I can hear the fan at night upstairs in my bedroom if I have the door open. Plan on putting some sort of sound dampening in your stand if you hate noise.
I haven't been able to do too much testing on water heat transfer, but the pump feels significantly cooler than my mag drive did and my water is generally around 78-79F most the time.
You get what you pay for, and regardless of the fan noise, I will never buy anything but Pan World for my externals from now on.
A Great Pump! By Robert on 5/30/12
Robert would recommend this product to a friend
I bought this pump and its fabulous! It works great, doesn't get hot, and definatally is worth every penny. Been running a month straight and no issues, other than pumps almost more water than my drain can come up with.
great pump By Anh on 12/10/11
Anh would recommend this product to a friend
Its cheaper than iwaki pumps but perform the same I have both pumps. The only down side is the noise and wattage.
Silent monster By Phil on 10/9/11
Phil would recommend this product to a friend
To help reduce water temp I added this unit about 2 months ago. Very well built and remarkably quiet and the cooling shroud keeps the motor cool. I was a little worried because the price is less than half of the more popular pumps. well worth it.
Love the pump, hate the noise. By Tim on 8/24/11
Tim wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Pump works great with closed loop system. I found it to be a bit noisy. Trying to work on quoeting it down. If I am unable I will be replacing it.
Great Pump But Loud By Joseph on 3/4/11
Joseph would recommend this product to a friend
Works awesome but considerably louder than my Sequence Dart
Good Power and Fairly Quiet By kwoo on 1/7/11
kwoo would recommend this product to a friend
When I first installed my tank I ran a Little Giant and man was that noisy. I returned it the next day. I bought this one and it was super quiet compared to the Little Giant. But it still did hum, I put my extra mouse pads and some foam under the pump and that helped, but really after closing the doors of the aquarium you couldn't really tell.
However, at 130w, this takes a lot of power so make sure you really need it.
I still have this somewhere, but I switched to a Quite One Pump that did the minimum circulation needed and added some high efficiency powerheads to add circulation and my electric bill dropped. I can't tell you if this was exactly the problem as I did a whole house energy audit, but I'm thinking this change made a pretty big difference.
Great Pump, Little Noisy By Patrick on 8/3/10
Patrick wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Until recently I had this pump as my closed loop pump to add additional circulation to my display. There's nothing really wrong with the pump, and it worked awesomely, however it was a bit noisy. I discovered that the plastic fan cover did sometimes get a bit dirty and then noisy over time, however even with this cover off, there was still a noticeable hum.