VarioS-6 Controllable DC Pump (1720 GPH) - Reef Octopus

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VarioS-6 Controllable DC Pump (1720 GPH) - Reef Octopus

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Quick Overview

Reef Octopus VarioS DC pumps give you enhanced performance and precise control of flow through your aquarium's reactors, sump, or closed loop system.


With complete control through the VarioS Controller, you can control the flow of the pump, enter feed modes (15 or 60 minutes), add a safety float switch (included), or simply connect it to a third party controller like an Apex.


Max Flow: 1720 GPH


Max Head: 16 FT


Dimensions: 3.75" W x 5.7" L x 5.5" H

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Product Questions

Would the ecotech battery backup system work for this pump? If not, which system would?
Question by: Scott on Nov 14, 2016 9:58:00 PM
Great question! The EcoTech Battery Backup is proprietary to EcoTech Marine and will not work with this pump. Currently, Reef Octopus does not manufacture a battery backup for their pumps specifically. You would need to use a computer styled UPS battery backup for this pump. :-)
Answer by: Randy (Admin) on Nov 15, 2016 2:13:00 PM
How do these pumps do in terms of noise produced? And are these "Apex Ready", or "compatible with an Apex"?
Question by: David Hutchings on Jul 28, 2016 3:23:00 PM
Hi David,
The VarioS pumps are “Apex Ready” pumps and are very quiet just like all other DC pumps. On full blast you may hear the slightest bit of noise but if you turn the power down just one step they will become virtually silent.
Answer by: Charlie (Admin) on Jul 29, 2016 7:37:00 AM
What cord would be needed to connect this pump to an apex controller?
Question by: Brett Mondy on Jan 26, 2017 8:43:00 PM
Great question! The controller needs a 3.5mm stereo cable to connect to the Apex variable speed ports. In which case, the Kessil to Apex cable works perfectly! :-)

http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/kessil-a360-control-cable-type-1-neptune-apex.html
Answer by: Randy (Admin) on Jan 29, 2017 7:49:00 PM
I'm setting up a 120 with 40 gallon sump. What would be a good reliable pump for this system?
Question by: Roy conley on Nov 11, 2016 3:05:00 PM
Hey there, thanks for reaching out to us! This pump will be a perfect fit for that setup and will provide ample flow! :-)
Answer by: Randy (Admin) on Nov 14, 2016 2:37:00 PM
Can this be controlled with the reefkeeper and the APC mod, or even with the feed mode on the reefkeeper? Or will i need to use the pumps controller?
Question by: John Freitas on Jan 2, 2017 12:57:00 AM
Great question! You can control the pump with the ReefKeeper. In order to do so, you will need the Kessil to ReefKeeper cable. Both the Kessil lights and the VarioS pump utilize a 3.5mm stereo cable to adapt to the 0-10v ports on the ReefKeeper. That cord is in the link below! :-)

http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/kessil-a360-control-cable-type-2-digital-aquatics.html
Answer by: Randy (Admin) on Jan 10, 2017 3:55:00 PM
Hi,

Does this pump come with a 1" barb output fitting? Some sites say it has a 1.25" barb and another says a step down barb adapter similar to a hosetail. Your site doesn't even mention the barb fitting. I'm referring to the Varios-6 return pump specifically. Thanks...
Question by: Jesse on Dec 12, 2016 3:16:00 AM
Great question! The Varios 6 comes with a 1.25" output and a barbed fitting for that size as well. The product description listed below is from our site. :-)

Output: 32mm/1.25" (barb/pvc coupling)
Answer by: Randy (Admin) on Dec 13, 2016 2:21:00 PM

Full Details

Efficient - Safe - Reliable

5 Flow Settings - Precise control of the pump for any application.

True Slow Startup - Easy on equipment and saves energy.

Detachable Controller - Waterproof union.

Float Switch - Creates a new standard for pump safety.

Rotatable Volute - Rotates in 90-degree intervals.

Integrated Memory - Keeps programming even during power outages.

Feed Mode - Shuts down for 15 or 60 minutes.

Submersible or External - Perfect as a return, closed loop, or reactor/filter pump.

Super Quiet Operation - Perfect for places where any noise is not tolerable.

 

Control

The safe and energy efficient VarioS DC pump now include the new VarioS controller giving you more control. With 5 different energy saving speeds and two feed modes, the controller lets you know what your pump is doing at a glance.

 

Third Party Control

There is a dedicated port on the VarioS controller letting you directly connect your VarioS pump to any third party controller through a 0-10V reference port. Controlling your pump through a controller like an Apex lets you create your own flow profiles which are particularly handy for closed loop systems creating a random flow throughout the aquarium.

 

Safety

Having a pump that lets you directly attach a float switch has several advantages. The float can let you set high or low points in your sump, skimmer cup, or display tank that will shut the pump off when the float is activated.

The VarioS controller includes a waterproof 3-conductor union that connects to the pump creating a safe and detachable connection.

 

Specs:

  • Input: 1.25" Male Union Thread
  • Output: 32mm/1.25" (barb/pvc coupling)
  • Max Flow: 1720 GPH
  • Max Head: 16 FT
  • Wattage: 70W
  • Voltage: 36V DC
  • Dimensions: 3.75" W x 5.7" L x 5.5" H
  • Cable Length: 6 FT
  • Pump Warranty: 2 Years
  • Rotor Warranty: 1 year

 

What's in the Box

  • Varios-6 Controllable Pump
  • Varios Controller
  • Power Supply
  • Float Switch
  • Input Union
  • Output Union
  • Protective Intake Screen

 

Note: VarioS pumps are not pressure rated, and therefore not recommend for high head pressure applications or equipment like Becket and downdraft skimmers.

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Reviews

6 Items

  • Excellent Choice By William on 2/13/2017

    I run this return pump on setting "3" on my stock dual Durso 125 gallon aquarium in a Trigger Emerald 39 sump. Does not overpower the drains, and can be run at the max setting if desired. It is whisper quiet and has plenty of turnover.

    Rough testing (time to fill a 2 cup container and then extrapolating) on my aquarium setup showed about 514 gallons per hour at the "3" setting, which is about 4 times turnover per hour. On setting "5" is was about 720 gallons per hour.

    I am 100% satisfied with this pump so far.

    I use a short 1" flexible hose going from the pump to a 'Y" connector/adapter to two 3/4" flexible hose returns. Sump is in the 6' aquarium stand.
  • THE LITTLE MONSTER !!!!! By johann garcia on 10/27/2016

    100% HIGH RECOMENDED, DEAD SILENT, POWERFULL, RELIABLE, REALLY GOOD WARRANTY TERMS AND COSTUMER SERVICES, ALL PARTS AVALAIBLE ....NOTHING TO THINK ABOUT THIS!!!
    #### EXELENT DEAL####
  • Awesome Pump! By Jason on 10/11/2016

    I am running this pump on my Red Sea Reefer 250, this pump is overkill but by the time you add plumbing for a manifold it is awesome! I wanted to go with the vetra M1, I decided on the VarioS-6 because it is apex ready out of the box and cheaper than the M1. Highly recommend!
  • Nice Pump By Rob on 9/30/2016

    Very quiet pump, its been running for about a month now.
  • Quiet! By Aaron on 9/13/2016

    Never thought I would find a pump that was silent until I found this one. Control features are great but the biggest advantages: First it's fully APEX Ready! Don't need to buy anything but a simple cable for the 0-10v port. Second, maybe the best thing, it's less than 300$ and don't need to buy other stuff to connect it to my APEX.
    Construction is quality, impeller and bearing are very stout.
    This is the best return pump you can get without spending twice or 3x as much.
  • So far so good By N.y. 78 on 8/28/2016

    I love the float switch feature wired into my main display so in case anything happens and the overflow does not work it will not continue pumping water into the main display the float switch will shut it off and the choice between 15 minutes and 60 minutes time is awesome