Only 1 good out of 3 By Dan on 6/20/2014
Dan wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
This pump is not a quality pump for the serious reefer. I have purchased three of these pumps because they were highlighted as recommended for driving the reactors I placed on my reef. I had to replace the impellers on 2 out of 3 because the pump was not providing pressure. Marineland customer service was very good about sending me replacements but it just seems like a lot of effort to get working correctly.
You have been advised, so don't complain By Mike on 3/29/2014
Mike would recommend this product to a friend
BRS was very upfront it letting any buyers know that this pump will make noise if used in a back-pressure application. I purchased them because I was more interested in using them as a low-cost wavemaker due to the fact they are also packaged with a propeller style impeller and a shroud that fits it. When I assembled and tested it this way, I was disappointed at the loud buzzing sound it made when running. I then discovered why: there was a manufacturing issue with the magnet attached to the propeller. The hole for the shaft was slightly off-center, so the propeller assembly vibrated when running. I observed the magnet for the standard impeller in the kit didn't have this flaw, so I just pulled the parts apart and swapped the magnet portions, and problem solved. Yes, these pumps in propeller mode can chatter somewhat on startup, but if used in a continuous application this shouldn't be too much of a bother.
Noisy By Tek on 1/7/2014
Tek wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Not as quiet as the old MaxiJet pumps. Makes noise when used to mix saltwater and even more noise when used with a reactor. Spend a bit more and get a pump with a ceramic shaft.
Not good By gatorGRAFIX on 12/25/2013
gatorGRAFIX wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I bought one of these as recommended in the BSR video for the Deluxe GFO reactor. Hooked it up in my sump and plumed it as in the video. It IS loud and it will hardly tumble my GFO at all unless I fill it about 20% full. Tech was no help either. Very disappointed. Guess I'll have to spend more money on a better pump. Fiddled with it for weeks. :(
Wow, lots of accessories By Bryan on 10/8/2013
Bryan would recommend this product to a friend
MJ's have always been reliable. I hadn't bought one in years and wow, it comes with a lot of attachments now to convert to whatever you want. Well worth the cost.
Shocked me after about a year of use for water changes By Dangerous on 8/6/2013
Dangerous wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I used this pump to perform routine water changes for about a year. One day I was doing a water change and went to pump the new water into the tank and there was a loud popping sound which resulted in a strong shock and smoke coming out of the unit. For some reason the GFCI did not trip but I will never buy one of these pumps again.
Makes water changes super easy! By Stephanie on 7/24/2013
Stephanie would recommend this product to a friend
Used this in the powerhead configuration for water changes. The only reason I gave it 4 stars is because it's a bit bulky. Works well otherwise.
LOUD........ By Tim on 5/29/2013
Tim wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
This Maxijet is OK as long as you are not running it under any type of load such as a media reactor. If you do it makes a very loud noise.
I would recommend using the Cobalt pumps if you are running it under any type of resistance.
great pump By justin on 3/26/2013
justin would recommend this product to a friend
Quit your winning if you can't handle the 3 seconds of noise on start up then why are you spending $30 on a pump.this thing moves massive amount of water in the circulation mode.these pumps are meant to be ran wide open not restricted.I have mine running in powerhead mode with a hydro flo water deflector and have never seen so much water movement. I spent $40 on a system that moves as much water as mu buddies $500 system.
Versatile By Clint on 2/18/2013
Clint would recommend this product to a friend
The maxi jet 1200 is good and versatile little pump. I use mine as a circulating pump to mix saltwater and to refill my tank during water changes. Hard to beat for the price. I use the 600 model to circualte my ro water as well.
This pump is loud By Steve on 1/27/2013
Steve wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I connected this pump and ran it for about an hour to run my dual BRS GFO/GAC reactor, and there is no way I will continue to use this pump. You could hear it from every corner in the house.
Effective little pump By Joseph on 1/7/2013
Joseph would recommend this product to a friend
Purchased for use with my BRS reactor. Solid little pump that survived getting pumped around in my sump w/o complaint.
Perfect flow rate for the BRS GFO/CARBON single reactor.
(never noticed any noise, but it was sitting in a sump contained in a thick wooden base)
Nice pump for a reactor By shaungee on 12/28/2012
shaungee would recommend this product to a friend
I picked up this pump to power my BRS biopellet reactor and it definitely has more than enough power to do it. The only issue is when I had to throttle down the pump to get the right tumble in the reactor, it hums noticeably, not too loud, but you can definitely hear it. I got the prefilter kit to keep debris out, and altogether had about 35 bucks in the setup, so taking into account the light hit to the wallet, the humming isn't that bothersome!
Very quiet By Mike on 12/20/2012
Mike would recommend this product to a friend
These seem to be the Italian made version which run much quieter. BRS could send the cheaper versions and have met their description, but sending me these reminds me what a quality company BRS is. Thank you for spending a few extra bucks to get the higher quality powerhead. You clearly are looking out for us reefers. I run them on on all 3 of my BRS reactors with zero issues and silence.
power not worth the noise By BB on 12/16/2012
BB wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
This product does push plenty of water through my brs carbon reactor, but unfortunately I have to say that it's short life in my sump is about to come to an end because not even my mag drive 18 comes close to the amount of noise and vibration coming from this pump. I definitely would buy something of a better quality, which is unfortunate with a brand as well known as marineland.
little jet big power! By Dallas on 11/3/2012
Dallas would recommend this product to a friend
Bought two of these for my 70 gal reef tank these thing push crazy amounts of water works well in my tank only down side is takes a couple seconds to start while making a loud grinding noise but ones running nice and quite. Suction cups could be better wish they had magnets instead be sure to check often cuz they will lose there suction and fall making a blizzard for your tank. Other then that awesome powerhead for the money
Shorted out By michael on 9/26/2012
michael wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
This pump shocked me as I was working on my sump. Im glad it was not in my tank because my fish would have died.
Great pump if you're not using a controller By jeremy on 8/27/2012
jeremy would recommend this product to a friend
Circulation pump - pros- this thing creates a ton of flow, I was really impressed with the current this pump makes.
Cons- if you are using his pump with a controller it can be quite noisy when starting or if the power goes out when it comes back on its noisy.
Power head - pros- as a power head this pump performs as expected, my pump pulls double duty mixing small batches of saltwater and as a circulation pump with no problems.
Cons-none so far
Utility pump- haven't used this as a utility/ return pump yet. I can imagine it would work ok in an application with minimal head height where not a lot of flow is needed. Maybe in an ATO setup...
Nice reliable pump By kenny on 8/25/2012
kenny would recommend this product to a friend
Purchased a Maxi Jet 1200 to run my dual BRS reactor. It works well with the reactors. It seems to be very reliable and is priced just right. It can be a bit noisy, but mine is in my sump area so the noise is not an issue....
OBNOXIOUSLY LOUD By Michael on 8/23/2012
Michael wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Wish I had read more reviews on this power head, because it's complete trash.
I can hear this thing running from two rooms away. Sounds like plastic machine gun
great powerhead By mikey on 8/15/2012
mikey would recommend this product to a friend
this powerhead really puts out! was shocked at how much flow this thing produces. and what a great price costs nearly double at my LFS. great buy!
Just a good pump By Rich on 7/30/2012
Rich would recommend this product to a friend
I have two of the 1200 I use them on my wave maker I must of got the last of the quiet ones made The price was great Im just happy with these pumps Go figure
Garbage By keegan on 6/25/2012
keegan wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Mine has stopped working after 4 months, going to get the cobalt this time.
nice By Adam on 6/22/2012
Adam would recommend this product to a friend
Like how quiet it runs but the suckshion cups need to change to magnets don't hold all that well but works great
LOUD By Scott on 6/13/2012
Scott wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I got this for the Dual BRS GFO and Carbon Reactor.
This pump is the loudest thing in my 90gal system. I would not recommend it. It noise and vibration from this pump is so noise that I have a hard time telling if anything else is on. I can hear it over the TV.
I would not recommend it for anyone.
Low Price Pump For General Use By Lorenzo on 6/7/2012
Lorenzo would recommend this product to a friend
I own three of these pumps and use them for my tank maintenance to transfer water between containers and ultimately to fill my aquarium. I have not had a problem with them with noise or failure. I've had mine for 4 months. I also like the extras you get for using them as water pump, aerator or circulator.
noisy By xan3x on 5/19/2012
xan3x wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I thought i was getting the italian made one that is quet , but instead i got one made in china and it is noisy as hell i cant even use it its vibrating so much.
Good Pump for the Price By Christopher on 5/18/2012
Christopher would recommend this product to a friend
For the budgeted reefer, this pump is about as versatile as the come, I've used them as power heads and as pumps for reactors having success with both.
Keeps going strong! By Daniel on 5/15/2012
Daniel would recommend this product to a friend
Purchased this a year ago with my BRS 2 part reactor and it has been working like a champ. Never an issue so far!
NICE PUMP/ POWER HEAD By Cori on 5/2/2012
Cori would recommend this product to a friend
Versitile and cheap. Looks well built would buy again.
worst By tim on 4/6/2012
tim wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
i bought mine and the only thing this is good for is reactors it keeps falling off of my glass and stirring up my sand
Most versatile pump ever made By Andrew on 3/29/2012
Andrew would recommend this product to a friend
If you are a serious about the hobby you should have 3-4 of these pumps on hand. They can be used for almost anything. I use two for water movement on a frag tank. One for water top off. One for mixing salt. One for water changes. I love these and they last forever. No other company can touch the versatility and price.
Great!! By david on 3/26/2012
david would recommend this product to a friend
I have had this pump for a good bit now and its still going strong. Its been used to power my brs duel reactors, water changes, mixing salt and more. Works great and has nice power for the price but i find it to be a bit noisy. Other then that i would still recomend it any day
Good Value By Robert on 3/18/2012
Robert would recommend this product to a friend
Good little pump to have on hand. The price is right and aside from the vibrations in the sump its a good all around pump. (Quieted mine down w/ some bar mat)
Good Pump By mike on 3/13/2012
mike would recommend this product to a friend
Works well when hooked up to the GFO/Carbon Reactor which is what I purchased it for. Wasn't as happy with it as a power-head. Will definitely recommend for anyone looking for a Reactor pump.
Make water changes easy By Thomas on 3/13/2012
Thomas would recommend this product to a friend
I bought this pump for water changes. I use the impeller to pump water out of my sump so that I do not need to change water out of my display tank. I real nice surprise was that changing to the impeller to propeller is trivial so it can preform a double duty of mixing water as well. Value wise impossible to beat.
update By Virgil on 3/8/2012
Virgil wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
The manufacturer is replacing my pumps, but I still do not recommend using them with the brs gfo if you are concerned with noise issue. You should be able to come off your main pump and adapt it to accept your gfo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_-xch8SC_M
great value By Andy on 3/6/2012
Andy would recommend this product to a friend
this is a great pump for the $ QUITE
circulation pump By Raymond on 2/29/2012
Raymond would recommend this product to a friend
I use this as a circulation pump in my nano tank and it has worked good for about a year. I have the tank in my bedroom and only hear a very slight hum from it.
Very Loud Start Up By Evan on 2/20/2012
Evan would recommend this product to a friend
While this pump produces a very large amount of circulation, I found its loud start up and running noise to be too much for me when using a wavemaker.
Meh By Michael on 2/12/2012
Michael wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I have two 1200s in my new 75 gal. tank. I was pleasantly surprised by how much flow they provide. Getting a nice wave-like effect at top of tank. BUT, they really rattle when they restart, which does not bode well. They require a sure-grip magnetic attachment (sold separately) to mount them. (Even with silicone, I would not trust suction cup mount). And after two weeks the ball pivot used to direct flow is slipping.
Great Pump By Sean on 1/31/2012
Sean would recommend this product to a friend
I have several of these... 1 for my BRS reactor one for mixing saltwater and I use 1 for a return pump to a little frag tank. They work great... although sometimes they do make some noise.
Bad Vibrations By Stephen on 1/25/2012
Stephen wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I purchased this to power my BRS reactor. Wish I would have waited until BRS had the Cobalt power head in stock, this thing has an annoying vibration.
So SO By Jarrod0987 on 1/20/2012
Jarrod0987 wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Great power and Great price.
Quite with the Hi Flow fan style kit. Loud when used in pump mode with the slightest restriction in the line at all. Cobalt Aquatics is the same think except is quiter by far. I recomend that if you want to use it to power a reactor, Filter, or Skimmer.
It has it's place By Tozz on 1/16/2012
Tozz would recommend this product to a friend
I have a few Of these. This pump/power head is ok. Great for mixing and changing water. Very noisy when using in tank. Not good for using with reactor.
Great value, but too loud By Robert on 11/23/2011
Robert would recommend this product to a friend
It was too loud in the back of my nano. Vibration againsed the wall and I couldn't fit the suction cup stand. Great power, for price.
Great Work Horse! By Computerjohn on 11/22/2011
Computerjohn would recommend this product to a friend
I use this to power my BRS reactor. Works great & the cost was awesome!
Maxi-Jet Powerhead 1200 By Virgil on 11/13/2011
Virgil would recommend this product to a friend
I use this with my brf reactor. I can bee noisy when using the valve that comes with it to restrict the flow. If you have a solution, please let me know what it is.