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Mag-Drive 18 / 1800 Pump

 
Mag Drive Pump 1800 by Mag-Drive. Economical, strong and versatile magnetic drive aquarium pumps


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Installation and Operation It's a good plug and play pump using threaded 3/4" fittings that are readily available at any hardware store. With a good cleaning every few months, the pump will last a very long time. There are not many parts to fail on this pump. The impeller and volute, so if it's not running most likely replacing one or the other, or both will get your pump working like new.


Performance vs. Expectations The pump does make the water flow for sure. I had to put extra valves on mine to tone down the flow. I liked having the extra long cord, which made it easier to get to the power strip.


Value for money I feel there are much better pumps out there for the money. They are on the cheaper end when it comes to upfront cost, but due to high heat output and high wattage output, you're better off to spend a little more and get one that uses less power.


Customer Support Sadly, this company really lacks customer support of any kind. I bought my pump used and it wasn't running when I got it. I contacted them asking them to take a look at it and see what it cost to repair it, they flat out refused because once you change ownership (even within the 1 year warranty), it voids the warranty.


Liked about it It did move alot of water once I got it running.


Didn't like I don't like the noise, the high wattage compared to other pumps in their class, and they produce a lot of heat. So much heat that my heater hasn't kicked on since it's been in. I pulled the heater to verified that it was still working =(.


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By br0ken68
Aug 30, 2010
 
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General I figure I am right at between 1850 and 2000g/hr accounting for head loss. I have an all glass 210 and am replacing a Mag 12 as my main return pump. I was looking for more water turn over and I got it. What I also got was a very noisy pump. I really like MAG drive pumps in general, but when you get to this size range, buyers beware. I do not have a fish room, so everything is below the tank. My living room is all ceramic tile; to there is no carpet to dampen any sound. The noise this pump made was like an unexpected house guest that would not leave. I was about to purchase a Quiet One 9000 for about the same price (and half the wattage) when I found a way to quiet the pump: I placed a block of Styrofoam under the pump, some vinyl hose between the pump and glass and Abra Kadabra! I also purchased a 100Micron sock for my return lines and what a difference!
Granted, the tank is not as quiet as before using the Mag 12, but the results out weigh the volume. If I had to do it again, I would have purchased the Quiet One 9000 or even the Quiet One 1400. They claim to have less than 45db. Nice pump if you have a fish room AWAY from earshot!


Liked about it I was looking for more water flow in a submersable pump.
This pump has it.


Didn't like LOUD!!! EXTREMELY LOUD!! Did I mention that this thing is really really noisy?!?


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By Manny
Feb 06, 2009
 
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Mag 18- Great Investment

General Very well made pump; just be careful when taking them apart to do maintenance and the pump will last you a very long time.

This is a great choice for a return pump to great water preasure.


Liked about it Nicely made return pump for fresh or salt water. Quiet running, easy to operate, no moving parts (other than impeller), and they do not take up a lot of room in your sump. Heat output is minimal compared to other pumps. I have run them internally and externally in my set-ups for a number of years now on my salt water tanks. I also have not met anyone locally that had one just stop working, they are built tough.


Didn't like There are only two parts I do not like about the pump. First is the cover for the impeller. It is a nice design but, I would like to see them made of a stronger material as I tend to break them and have to order new ones. The second is the screw threads. If you over tighten them they strip easily or break off the pump.


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By Sndwave80
Jul 05, 2009
 
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Mag 18 Review

General I have used my Mag18s for about a year now and never had any problems out of them but they do use a lot of electricity compared to other pumps in the same category with it.


Liked about it Very dependable pump.


Didn't like Uses a lot of electricity.


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By OneDummHikk
Jan 19, 2009
 
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