- VarioS-6 Controllable DC Pump (1720 GPH) - Reef Octopus
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: 3.9" W x 6.25" L x 5.5" H
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.
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.
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.
- 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: 3.9" W x 6.25" 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
- 1 1/4" Barb
- 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.
Skeptical of Reliability By Rick on 1/3/2018Rick wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI purchased the VarioS-6 for a new build. The pump is inside the sump which sits below the tank. It ran very quitely on the 1st day with no issues. Day 2 and I noticed the pump would cycle off for a few minutes then back on and would continuosly repeat this pattern. I checked the float switch on/off and status lights and they were both green. I checked the power supply light and it was green too. I disassembled the pump and verified the front bushing was fully inserted into the white shield. I contacted BRS and they contacted Coralvue to open a ticket. At this point I am without a pump and waiting to see how Coralvue will resolve this problem. I am skeptical of the reliability of this product and wonder if I just got a lemon or are there dependability issues since it failed after the 1st day of use.
Superb return pump so far By Randall on 8/10/2017Randall would recommend this product to a friendI've only had this pump installed in my Red Sea Reefer 450 for about a month now, but so far, it has met and surpassed expectations. I bought it to replace a barely 3 month old Jebao pump with stainless steel screws that were already rusting out.
This pump is has got the flow I expect, and it's dead silent. It's white color makes it much easier to see and evaluate while sitting in the sump as compared to black or grey pumps.
The VarioS controller works great. The float switch is a nice extra that you can use in various ways. I use it as a low level shutoff switch in my sump, so that the pump shuts off before sucking air. This can be helpful during water changes and other situations that would otherwise blow air in the display tank.
Also fantastic is the variable speed input on the VarioS controller which makes the pump Apex ready. When operating under Apex control, only the speed function on the controller is overridden, meaning you can still turn the float switch on and off, do 15 and 60 min feed modes, and so on manually if you choose. Personally, I prefer using the Apex feed mode function, where I've tuned the pump profile to push just enough to hold the water stationary in the return pipe, neither circulating forward nor draining back. This is also useful for doing water changes without ever turning off your return pump.
One potentially serious issue Apex owners need to consider: If you plug a variable output from the Apex into the controller, the controller now depends entirely on that 0-10V signal to set the pump speed. If your Apex reboots for any reason, the return pump will be OFF during that minute or two. If your Apex were to be seriously buggered and could not reboot, the pump would stay off. Even if you plug the return pump into an Energy Bar outlet and set Fallback ON in programming, it won't work because the absence of the variable out signal keeps the pump off. To avoid this unlikely but potentially catastrophic event, I plan on unplugging the Apex cable from the VarioS controller whenever I'm away from home overnight or longer; I want the pump to fallback to full speed operation if the Apex fails and I'm not home. I also recommend turning the float switch off when not home, for the same reason.
Very nice pump By Richard on 8/1/2017Richard would recommend this product to a friendCould not be happier. Quality build. Very quiet. Tons of flow.
QUIT AFTER 10 MONTHS By TIM on 5/24/2017TIM wouldn't recommend this product to a friendWell it worked fine until one day it froze up less than 10 months after purchase.If you do decide to purchase this pump, but 4 or 5 so that you are covered for the next three years or so.
Park it deep & leave it running!! By Plank Spanker on 5/15/2017Plank Spanker would recommend this product to a friendThis is the fist DC pump i have owned and i have to say its impressive! I slapped this dude in the sump and it about blew my hat off from its power on my 90G RR tank, im sure i will be running the pump at the lower setting! Thanks BRS, more reviews to come!
Excellent By Scott on 4/11/2017Scott would recommend this product to a friendEverything I expected and more. Very well made, internal balance is also very good. (I've worked on pumps of all sizes for most of my life, It's amazing how many "high qulity" pomps are not balanced well). Only years of use will tell how long the pump will last but I have very high hopes. Controller is all you could ask for, simple, easy to use with the possibility of adding float switches if desired.
perfection By RT on 4/1/2017RT would recommend this product to a friendI cannot detect a sound with this pump. It is the quietest Ive ever had an experience with. I have utilized Sicce up until this point and took a leap for a new build. Sicce makes excellent pumps without a doubt and they are affordable but if you have the opportunity this pump is pure perfection.
Excellent Choice By William on 2/13/2017William would recommend this product to a friendI 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 10/27/2016johann garcia would recommend this product to a friend100% HIGH RECOMENDED, DEAD SILENT, POWERFULL, RELIABLE, REALLY GOOD WARRANTY TERMS AND COSTUMER SERVICES, ALL PARTS AVALAIBLE ....NOTHING TO THINK ABOUT THIS!!!
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Awesome Pump! By Jason on 10/11/2016Jason would recommend this product to a friendI 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 9/30/2016Rob would recommend this product to a friendVery quiet pump, its been running for about a month now.
Quiet! By Aaron on 9/13/2016Aaron wouldn't recommend this product to a friendNever 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.
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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.
Thanks for getting in touch with us in regards to this pump. This would work perfect for what you are trying to do there. This would also allow you to not have to run the pump on its highest setting which would put less stress on the pump throughout its life. Please let me know if there is anything else that we can assist with. Thanks!
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...
Output: 32mm/1.25" (barb/pvc coupling)