My New Rio HyperFlow 14 Pump
by, 01-08-2010 at 09:13 AM (968 Views)
So in the fight against ConEd and their .33 cents per kilowatt policy, I decided to stop using my sump as the main source of display tank flow and remove the Mag9 that was in there.
The Mag is listed as using 93 watts of power...welllll, WRONG, more like 124 watts. I have been using a device made by Ryobi, purchased at Home Depot, and it does the same job of the Kill-A-Watt device at half the cost. I hope that half the cost don't mean crappy readings. Moving on, I plugged up the HyperFlow pump and saw 63 watts, but its supposed to be 45 watts, whatever, its half the wattage which means the Mag cost me $29.46 a month and the HyperFlow will now cost me $14.97.
The Last-Minute Trip to Yellowstone
The pump is pretty powerful but a slight bit on the noisy side but I guess that's my trade off. After hooking up the pump I turned to my girlfriend to tell her that its not bad and yet a little noisy when suddenly in the background there was a very, very distinct noise that maybe only aquarist who deal with sumps know. Now I am not going to break out the calculations and try to determine how much water we cleaned up all I can say is that the pump is rated for 840 gallons per hour and we cleaned up a lot. I still have stuff drying out in the kitchen. Luckily, I have the new pump, aqualifter and KorMag5 running to sustain life.
Make sure your returns are secure, especially if your going to turn your back to tell someone that the pump is OK but a little noisy. And most importantly, make sure your cats have their boating license before you change any circulation related equipment.