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Marineland Maxi-Jet Pro Pump for Aquariums, 3 Pumps In 1
- Three Pumps in One
- Turns powerhead in to a prop style circulation pump
- The most fully adaptable pump available
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From industry firsts to industry standards, Marineland products are designed with both performance and style in mind. We push precision and power beyond the expected and listen to our loyal customers to make our products even better. We do this because at the heart of our innovative spirit is a desire to help hobbyists everywhere do more, create more and, most of all, enjoy more. So whatever your customers are passionate about — freshwater or saltwater, big or small, beauty or science — help them make their aquarium their own. Make it Marineland. Maxi-jet multi-use water pumps are three pumps in one: powerhead, utility pump and now featuring circulation pump option. Still the best powerhead for powering undergravel filters and running with wave maker timers, as well as running small fountains, calcium reactors and skimmers. New to the maxi-jet, the conversion kit in the box to turn the powerhead into a prop style circulation pump for ultimate water movement inside the aquarium for the least amount of energy. The most fully adaptable pump available.
Size: 160/750 GPH
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I took the leftover parts used in standard mode and 'refurbished' my older maxjets I use for circulation in other applications. Everything fit just fine. I see the instructions say this can be used as an external pump - I would never do that based on my prior experiences with this product.
I see a lot of bad reviews, I attribute most of them to user error, with the exception of the purple impellers breaking off - this was probably a bad batch.
If you are looking for a 'programmable' or timer based 'wavemaker', move on, these types of units are not meant for that, you need to spend a lot more money to do that properly.
Anyways, ONTO THE REVIEW
I'll start my review by saying I ordered 2 of these Marineland 1200s. After opening it took me a few minutes to figure it out, but after assembly was quite easy. What I didn't know was there are 3 different set ups for this powerhead. They are as follows:
1. Powerhead (submerged)
2. Laminar flow (submerged)
3. Utility pump (submerged or external).
For my purposes I'm using both of mines submerged. I'm using one as a powerhead and the other as a laminar flow. After setting and starting both up I was blown away by their power and range. The laminar set up was more like a giant fan blowing, with large area flow. The powerhead was more direct, but had smaller range. I set one up at one up at one end and the other at the others end of my tank, pointing to the center. I actually tried different set ups, like two laminar flows, but found having one of each to be better (one laminar flow and one powerhead). I even placed them in different places in my tank, pointing in different directions but ended up putting them in the center.
As I was setting them up I had them on so I can see where the water was flowing. They are now set up and I'm absolutely loving them both!! They are really powerful and blow and circulate water really, really well. I highly recommend this for your tank!!
IMPORTANT EXTRA INFORMATION:
So a side effect I heard about and have seen for myself is this powerhead does raise the temperature in your tank. Since my tank is brand new and mostly large I filled it using the water from my outside hose. The temperature of that water was about 68-70 degrees. Well, the two powerheads have warmed my water up to about 80 degrees!!! For me personally that's an added bonus because now I've removed the heater altogether and am using the two powerheads to heat the tank!!!
I've monitored the temperature, using a digital thermometer, and the temperature in my tank has been bouncing between 78-81 degrees (but that's because of the changes in temperature in my house when it changes from day to night).
When I turned them on, they blew the fish and 4 of them are 8+ inches long (koi). When I pointed them both toward the middle of the tank, I created a little tornado and actually dislodged one of my plants. Which I wouldn't have expected in a tank that is 6 ft long.
It does get a little noisy when you start to open the valve to let in some air, but if you are just concerned with water movement, leave the air valve closed and they are very quiet.
If you need a strong powerhead, this in the one for you...