Too hot and noisy By Timothy on 4/4/2014
Timothy wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Just plugged it in and it makes a grinding noise especially when powering on and appears to get very hot. I took it apart to see if I could see anything wrong with the propeller but it appears to be ok with no obvious damage.
I hope to be able to return it as I see others have had the same issues. Need to find a pump that is much quieter and not run as hot.
Value, yes! By FishysPlace on 2/18/2014
FishysPlace would recommend this product to a friend
I purchased this pump for a 75 gal tank with a 20 gal sump. When I first received the pump I thought there was a "grinding" type of noise while operation for about a week. I called BRS and they suggested a replacement, I received the replacement very quickly and they even included return shipping for the original pump! The second pump was slightly quieter. Not much difference really. Then BRS got me in touch with Danner who shipped a replacement impeller. That didn't help a whole lot either.
The pump moves water quite well. It does make a considerable amount of noise. Which I am going to try and avoid by purchasing a different submersible pump.
It's an excellent value and BRS always takes care of the customer the best way possible! I will be purchasing my next, different pump from BRS.
Great Pump By Powerpark on 1/20/2014
Powerpark would recommend this product to a friend
I have a Mag 5. Great pump I run it as a return pump. Its has run for 4 years with no problems. I just bought another one for backup. And I really need to clean this one. Its plug and play. 30 gal saltwater nano.
very solid pump By big g on 1/14/2014
big g would recommend this product to a friend
the only little problem is the pump is very littlely loud but other then a little bit of noise it is very good
decent pump great for the price By turbotone on MR on 1/12/2014
turbotone on MR wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
these pumps are affordable for there price.. I've owned 2 of these pumps and what i have to say is this.. yes they add heat to the tank yes they are a lil bit louder then others i suppose..over all for the price i guess it makes sense. i will also say in a few months you'll notice a dramatic drop in power if you really pay attention to it. so if you really keep that in mind and acknowledge you need the bigger more expensive pump to compensate for the lost of power you might as well get the better pump if you know for a fact that is something that won't happen to the more expensive one..i gave these pump 3 stars .. i would recommend with any pump you choose to get 2 of them..you can service your pump without leaving you tank turn over stagnant.. just swap pumps giving your pumps some rest between services.. so if i were you keep that in mind with what suits you.. if you need a mag5 and can afford a mag7 that will eventually run like a 5 go for it.. i currently run a mag9.5 on a 75 mixed reef on a 30'' standard stand. i use to run mag7s on it but like i said they do start to taper of with the power.. I'm doing a 90 swap 48x18x21 with a custom 48'' stand using a mag 12.. I've owned a few of these pumps and its fair to say its a common thing..
Good Pump By Bradb90 on 12/14/2013
Bradb90 would recommend this product to a friend
I bought this pump about week ago for my 60g tank. The pump delivers. It is ultra quiet and does what it says it's supposed to do. I wish it came with some sort of suction cup or something to secure it to the bottom of my sump but other than that this product is solid.
reliable pump By TimSc on 10/28/2013
TimSc would recommend this product to a friend
Bought it to replace one I had been using for 15 years
Terrible Customer Service By Derik on 9/27/2013
Derik wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
The pump worked awesome for four months then it would just shut down. If I unplugged it for a couple hours then plugged it back in it would run for about 15 minutes then shut off. I reached into my sump to remove the pump after it had shut down and was surprised that I got a moderate shock once my hand touched the water. When I contacted the manufacturer (Danner) about warranty replacement I got a really snarky response from the rep Christine "FYI it's never a good idea to put your hand in water with a pump plugged in" - while that is true, we are talking about something designed to be submerged in water. I wouldn't buy or recommend another based on my experience.
Powerful pump with little noise By Brian on 9/25/2013
Brian would recommend this product to a friend
This pump really surprised me. When I purchased this I was really just looking for price. Boy was I surprised when I plugged this in and saw the column of water it created.
I'll admit that you can hear this pump running but it is not annoyingly loud and is definitely a good deal for the price.
LOUD By Dan on 5/11/2013
Dan wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Way too loud for my setup. Moved plenty of water, but I needed an Eheim. Decided to keep it for water changes.
Perfectly happy with pump By Christian on 3/21/2013
Christian would recommend this product to a friend
I love this pump. It pumps a good amount of GPH to my display tank, and it is pretty quiet. It is slightly noisier than Eheims I bought in the past, but I bought a silencer pad that helped cut back on the noise.
I wish it had a suction cup slide mount!
stand back! By grobro on 3/5/2013
grobro would recommend this product to a friend
This thing has some nuts! Tried the $25 Eco pump, it was a joke compared to this. The Eco pump did not have the power for my drip irrigation system. But the Mag-Drive dose! Just don't do what I did. I tested it in the kitchen sink, the results was very dramatic, everything within 10' was soaked in two seconds
Rock Solid Pump By Joseph on 3/4/2013
Joseph would recommend this product to a friend
I've had several Mag Drives in the past. Currently I alternate between 2 Mag 7s in my mixed reef for return duty. I went an entire year without cleaning one Mag and it was still going strong. Absolutely zero problems our of these guys. The only minor problem is that they can be noisy, however given their price point more than makes up for a little noise.
A little noisy By brian on 11/30/2012
brian would recommend this product to a friend
Hooked this up along with the Mag 5. Both are a little noisy not any louder than an ecotech mp40 on 100% but still noticable. Very reliable and powerful.
Great pump By Reuben on 9/14/2012
Reuben would recommend this product to a friend
I installed this pump on my 40B Reef tank. I must say I am super please with the performance so far and how quite it is running. This is an awesome pump and glad I bought it.
Workhorse By Earl on 9/13/2012
Earl would recommend this product to a friend
This little guy has been running steady for 1 1/2 years and just keeps on going. Very reliable, and quiet. I run it with the foam prefilter in place and clean it on a regular maintenance schedule.
Great pump By Patrick on 9/10/2012
Patrick would recommend this product to a friend
Pumping water from my water storage barrels in my garage into my aquarium with a 6' height difference is no problem. No more carrying buckets. Plug the pump in and let it go. It has a quiet operation and makes water changing faster.
Great pump. By TYRUS on 9/2/2012
TYRUS would recommend this product to a friend
Great pump, using it with my BR-140 Octopus biopellet reactor.The only downside is that it is noisy.
overall great pump By kyle on 8/20/2012
kyle would recommend this product to a friend
this pump is very reliable and creates good flow for my tank. Amazing product.
good pump, a little noisy at first By Brandon on 8/7/2012
Brandon would recommend this product to a friend
Using the mag 7 for a return on a 40 breeder. works great, but it was a little noisy at first. It's been running for about months and it has started to quiet down a bit. I did put a foam pad under it it that helps too. I also had it originally plumed it with pvc and switched it out for flex tubing (recommend). so there are things you can do to quiet it down a bit. other than that, the pump works fine and moves plenty of water. I have about 5' of hose with a check valve so i should be getting in the 400 gph range.
Great Product By Billy on 7/14/2012
Billy would recommend this product to a friend
Well above exspectations, great pump...
Great product By Billy on 7/14/2012
Billy would recommend this product to a friend
Did way more than i exspected...Great pump...
Good pump, not so good life. By Adam on 6/10/2012
Adam would recommend this product to a friend
I have had several of the Mag drive pumps over the years. The mag drive 5 and mag drive 7's i have had run great. Impeller life isn;t the greatest but replacements aren't too expensive.
dependable By David on 6/7/2012
David would recommend this product to a friend
It's a strong sturdy pump which works under the most adverse conditions, has never failed because of lack of cleaning and impeller replacement. I have three of these sitting in the sumps of three reef tanks, and unlike a host of other pumps, these have never failed me. I have them sitting on rubber mousepads to dampen the noise and vibrations
Lots of Volume for the Price By Lorenzo on 6/7/2012
Lorenzo would recommend this product to a friend
Got this pump and within minutes was hooked up and running. The noise level is a little high as other review state. I found out the noise is greatly reduced by setting the pump on top of a foam pad to absorb vibration. Has no problem moving water to my 55 gallon at 6ft head loss. Power consumption is good for the price.
Great little pump By Terry on 5/31/2012
Terry would recommend this product to a friend
This pump works awesome, but the only downfall is that it is a little noisy.
But its a great pump. And would buy another if i needed to. Gave 4 stars just because it is a little noisy. Other than that does what it claims.
Great pump for the money By Jamey on 4/30/2012
Jamey would recommend this product to a friend
I have this pump returning water to my display tank 6ft up and it is working wonderfully. It is fairly loud until it is broken in, but after break in the pump is extremely quiet.
Solid, Sturdy, Reliable Pump By Marshall on 4/13/2012
Marshall would recommend this product to a friend
This is the pump I use on my 75 reef tank w/ 30g sump. It sits in the sump and provides 390 gph at 5' (which I would say is the average length of pipe between sump and display tank. I definitely recommend this pump!
Great strong pump By Andrew on 1/21/2012
Andrew would recommend this product to a friend
I bought this to use as a return pump. I have 5 ft of head to pump and I still had to dial it down if it pumped harder it would blow the glass out. Great product
Noisy Danner Mag-drive 7 By Thanh on 1/16/2012
Thanh would recommend this product to a friend
It's noisy. You still hear it 20 ft away. It could be quieter if it's submerged under water.
Good pump, a bit noisy By J. Hall on 12/18/2011
J. Hall would recommend this product to a friend
I'm pretty happy with this pump. I'm running a 40 breeder with a 20 long sump. I've got 42" of head height, with the pump plumbed up to a 'tee' and a section of loc-line coming off each side. It really pushes the water through the system, which is why I got it. The only down side to this pump, compared to a Quiet One is that it is a little noisy. I've managed to help with the noise by cutting a small sponge filter on one side and placing under the pump, as well as putting a short section of flexible tubing between two unions. I can still hear a hum, but it's not nearly as bad as it was before. Overall, I have no regrets.
Good pump But a little loud By Jeff on 12/4/2011
Jeff would recommend this product to a friend
Using the mag7 as a return pump on my 75 gallon with a 30 gallon sump and it has great flow, (could have got away with the mag5 i think). The only thing that i dont like about this pump is that its kinda loud, But a good pump overall.
Great little pump with high operating head. By Seth on 11/21/2011
Seth would recommend this product to a friend
I am pumping my RO/DI water up through 1/2" PTEX up about 8 feet, and over about 20 feet. all in all about 40 feet of 1/2" PTEX. This pump can still maintian a good flow rate even with all the added resistence.
I wish it were a bit cheaper. But all in all a great buy.
A little loud By Ryan on 10/12/2011
Ryan would recommend this product to a friend
the pumps a little loud and a pain to clean, mostly because of the use of metal screws which tend to rust. never had an issue with performance though.
great return pump By Tom on 9/29/2011
Tom would recommend this product to a friend
i run it on my salt water reef tank. very reliable and it puts out fantastic pressure . even with the 4' of head loss in my system.
Great Pump By Adjuster Frank on 4/9/2011
Adjuster Frank would recommend this product to a friend
I purchased the pump from my lfs for my 72g mixed reef with a 30g sump. I currently have pvc plumbing with 8ft of head pressure. This pump still is delivering 360 gallons at the return outlet. The pump is a bit noisy but the performance is second to none. I will continue to use Mag Drive pumps on all my systems.
Good pump for price By Gregory on 1/14/2011
Gregory would recommend this product to a friend
I had one of thes as my return pump its a strong little pump but seams to loose flow pretty quick with any restriction on the input. Plumbed up temporarily as an external pump and was surprised at how hot the body gets, and to thank all that heat was going into my water will be using external pumps as much as possible to avoid chillers! Still a great value if you have.limited space.
Soild Pump By Clinton on 10/31/2010
Clinton would recommend this product to a friend
I'm using this as a return pump with about 4' of head. It flat out moves water really impressed with the flow that I'm getting. Its a louder then my Eheim 1250 but moves twice the water and is cheaper. What more could u ask for
great pump By Mike on 8/14/2010
Mike would recommend this product to a friend
nice pump, quiet, great price, small foot print