Tips for Choosing an Aquarium Sump Pump
There are dozens of aquarium pumps out there…
… so why choose a sump pump?
The truth is that sump pumps come with a host of advantages.
They keep the water in your tank cleaner, boost oxygenation, keep a constant water level, and ensure efficient mixing of any additives with the water in the tank.
… most sump pumps can be used in both fresh and saltwater systems…
… and you can opt for wet or dry installation as well.
All these features make them the go-to choice for most fish keepers.
With this in mind, here’s what to check before buying.
- Your filter: If you already have a water filter, its type will dictate the type of sump pump you can get. Because aquarium filters must be chosen based on the inhabitants of your tank, always choose the filter first and sump pump after. Checking compatibility is easy, as most manufacturers disclose this information on the packaging.
- Water flow: Also known as gallon per hour (GPH) rating, it determines the amount of water the unit can pump in an hour. For the best results, you need a sump pump with water flow at least four times the volume of your tank, but 10 is ideal. For instance, if your tank has 30 gallons, the pump must have a flow rate of at least 120 GPH – but 300 would be best. Remember that you should also take into account the preference of your aquarium’s inhabitants and choose the flow rate accordingly, and that the flow through a sump filter will be greatly reduced by the baffles and media.
- Wattage: Sump pumps are typically energy efficient, but you might want to check how many watts it actually consumes before buying. Considering that it might run 24/7, even a small difference could have an impact on your electricity bill.
- Versatility: Some sump pumps require to be submerged in water; others can work in both wet and dry setups. If you’re the ‘no-strings-attached’ kind of person, go for a wet and dry pump you can use with all systems.
- Pre-filter: An important thing to look for before buying; the pre-filter prevents debris from getting inside the pump, prolonging its lifespan.
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Aquarium pumps are essential, and the sump kind could be your best bet regardless of the type of fish you keep or aquarium you have.
Which is the best aquarium sump pump is down to you.
Consider the size of your tank, its inhabitants, and type of filter you have, and choose accordingly.
So, what do you think?
Would you go for a sump pump or do you prefer another type?
Have you found the right aquarium sump pump on this list?
I’d love to hear from you. Share your thoughts in a comment below.