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Pumps & Powerheads By Size
Powerheads: 50 gph to 299 gph Pumps: Up to 1000 gph
Powerheads: 300 gph to 599 gph Pumps: 1000 to 2000 gph
Powerheads: 600 gph and over Pumps: Over 2000 gph
Aquarium Pumps:
Aqua Medic Eco Runner
Aquarium Pumps:
AquaticLife
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700 GPH to 1500 GPH
Saltwater & Freshwater Aquarium Water Pumps
The Aqua Medic Eco Runner Pumps can be used are circulation pumps for freshwater and saltwater aquariums. They can be used externally or internally.
426 GPH to 976 GPH
Saltwater & Freshwater Aquarium Water Pumps
Designed with marine filtration applications in mind, each of these four high-head Submersible Utility Pump models features a special intake shield that allows the pumps to operate in low water levels. In addition, the power cords exit the top of the pumps, allowing for easy placement in a sump. Will also work externally.
Aquarium Pumps:
Fluval Sea
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Aquarium Pumps:
Iwaki Motor Drive
950 GPH to 3434 GPH
Saltwater & Freshwater Aquarium Water Pumps
Fluval Sea Sump Pumps deliver a powerful performance to ensure outstanding water flow for sump-equipped marine systems. These high-quality, energy-efficient, magnetically-driven pumps can be plumbed in or out of a sump. Rugged and certified for marine use, these robust pumps feature a wear-resistant impeller that delivers.
300 GPH to 2000 GPH
Saltwater & Freshwater Aquarium Water Pumps
The Iwaki Motor Drive Pumps come in versions with a low max head for circulation and high pressure versions for canister filters & other applications where high head pressure is needed. We carry both the MD (Japanese) & WMD (American) versions.
Aquarium Pumps:
Lifegard Aquatics
Aquarium Pumps:
Little Giant Quarium Series
220 GPH to 1664 GPH
Saltwater & Freshwater Aquarium Water Pumps
The Lifegard Aquatics Quiet One Pumps can be used as submersible or external pumps. These pumps are quiet, run cool and are energy efficient.
510 GPH to 1325 GPH
Saltwater & Freshwater Aquarium Water Pumps
The Little Giant Quarium Series Pumps come in versions with a low max head for circulation and high pressure versions for canister filters & other applications where high head pressure is needed. Made for aquariums but can be used for other indoor applications.
Aquarium Pumps:
Pondmaster HyDrive Aquarium
Aquarium Pumps:
Pondmaster Mag Drive
3200 GPH to 6000 GPH
Saltwater & Freshwater Aquarium Water Pumps
The Pondmaster WFP HyDrive pumps are designed for aquariums. These are the largest aquarium pumps we carry, and they can be used submersed or in-line.
270 GPH to 1910 GPH
Saltwater & Freshwater Aquarium Water Pumps
The Pondmaster Mag Drive Pumps are the same as the Pond Mag pumps, but the power cord is only 12 feet. The removable foam pre-filter is easy to clean and replace. For external or submersible use.
Aquarium Pumps:
Pondmaster Mag Drive (w/ Venturi & Fractionating Impeller)
Aquarium Pumps:
Reef Octopus Diablo
270 GPH to 1325 GPH
Saltwater Aquarium Water Pumps
The Mag Drive pumps with added venturi and fractionating impeller.
1585 GPH
Submersible or External Aquarium Pump
The Reef Octopus Diablo Controllable DC Pumps are the latest in variable speed flow technology. The vast majority of circulation pumps available to hobbyist are alternating current "AC" pumps. With DC pumps you can control water flow. They're also more efficient than AC pumps and produce less heat per volume of flow.
Aquarium Pumps:
Reef Octopus Water Blaster
Pond Pumps:
Aqua Ultraviolet Sunami
350 GPH to 4100 GPH
Submersible or External Aquarium Pump
The Water Blaster pumps are based off the same design as the popular Bubble Blaster skimmer pumps, but are intended to thrust large amounts of water. These pumps feature a digital control circuit board inside that controls directional start up and RPM speeds. The smart circuit board will shut the pump off if it detects a problem that could otherwise have shortened the life of the pump.
6000 GPH to 7200 GPH
Pond Pump
Sunamis deliver superior performance, ease of maintenance and long term reliability. There is no need to replace the Sunami Pump if you decide to enlarge your water feature--the same housing will accept from 1/3 to 5 HP motors.
Pond Pumps:
Lifegard Aquatics P G
Pond Pumps:
Little Giant PondWorks
1600 GPH to 6600 GPH
Pond Pump
The Lifegard Aquatics P G pumps are high performance energy-efficient pumps designed for ponds, water gardens,fountains, waterfalls, hydroponic systems, irrigation systems and water features.
3100 GPH to 4000 GPH
Pond Pump
The Little Giant Submersible Pond Pump, WGP-80-PW, is ideal for use in waterfall and stream applications. It can operate two water features simultaneously.
Pond Pumps:
Pondmaster HyDrive Pond
Pond Pumps:
Pondmaster Pond Mag
3200 GPH to 6000 GPH
Pond Pump
The Pondmaster Hy-Drive pumps are in-line and submersible pond & water garden pumps. The Hy-Drive pumps can be used for ponds from 6,000 gallons to 10,000 gallons.
270 GPH to 1910 GPH
Pond Pump
The Pondmaster Pond Mag Pumps are the same as the Mag Drive pumps, but the power cord is 18 feet. The removable foam pre-filter is easy to clean and replace. For external or submersible use.
Aquarium Powerheads:
Aqua-Supreme
Aquarium Powerheads:
AquaTop Circulating
70 GPH to 725 GPH
Submersible Aquarium Powerhead
The Aqua-Supreme magnetic drive aquarium pumps come in eight different sizes and feature a variable flow control.
256 GPH to 3,170 GPH
Submersible Aquarium Circulating Powerhead
The AquaTop Circulating Power Heads come in four sizes and feature a large suction cup & ball joint with a 360 degree range of motion.
Aquarium Powerheads:
AquaTop
Aquarium Powerheads:
Aqueon QuietFlow
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158 GPH to 422 GPH
Submersible Aquarium Powerhead
The AquaTop Power Heads come in four sizes and feature a venturi intake.
106 GPH to 2113 GPH
Submersible Aquarium Powerhead
The Aqueon QuietFlow Submersible Utility Pumps come in ten sizes. These high performance multi-use utility pumps are quiet, versatile and low maintenance. Models 400 through 3000 have adjustable flow rates while models 4500 through 8000 feature an intake suction elbow for low water levels.
Aquarium Powerheads:
Coralife
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Aquarium Powerheads:
Fluval Sea
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750 GPH to 2900 GPH
Submersible Aquarium Powerhead
These Coralife Circulation Pumps can be used with or without the Coralife Pulse Wavemaker. Attaches to the aquarium with a suction cup.
265 GPH to 1375 GPH
Submersible Aquarium Powerhead
The Fluval Sea Circulation Pump's spacesaving and innovative design provides many outstanding benefits: it minimizes tank intrusion, improves energy efficiency, and creates a smooth broad stream of ocean-like current.
Aquarium Powerheads:
Hydor Centrifugal Pumps
Aquarium Powerheads:
Hydor Koralia & Koralia Magnum 12V Controllable
70 GPH to 300 GPH
Submersible Aquarium Powerhead
The Hydor Centrifugal Pumps guarantee high performance, small size and total safety. All models, even the smallest, have a flow regulator and are ideal for applications in tropical and marine aquariums, in terrariums, table fountains sets and interior decorating articles.
260 GPH to 3500 GPH
Submersible Aquarium Powerhead
The Hydor Koralia 12V Controllable Powerheads must be used with the Hydor Koralia Wavemaker Low Voltage Pump Controller. Attaches to the aquarium with the provided magnet.
Aquarium Powerheads:
Hydor Koralia Evolution & Magnum
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Aquarium Powerheads:
Hydor Pico
240 GPH to 2750 GPH
Submersible Aquarium Powerhead
The Hydor Koralia Evolution & Koralia Magnum Powerheads can be used with or without a controller, such as the Hydor Koralia SmartWave Circulation Pump Timer. Attaches to the aquarium with the provided magnet.
180 GPH & 300 GPH
Submersible Aquarium Powerhead
The Hydor Pico Powerheads can be used as a circulation pumps or connected to other devices.
Aquarium Powerheads:
Hydor Universal
Aquarium Powerheads:
JBJ Accela
185 GPH to 740 GPH
Submersible or External Aquarium Powerhead
The Hydor Universal Centrifugal Powerheads are all-purpose aquariums powerheads than can be used as circulation pumps or connected to other devices such as biological & wet-dry filters. Low power consumption.
266 GPH
Submersible Aquarium Powerhead
The JBJ Accela submersible pump is ideal for use with undergravel filters and provides water circulation within fresh or saltwater aquariums.
Aquarium Powerheads:
Marineland Maxi-Jet
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Aquarium Powerheads:
Marineland Mini-Jet
500 GPH to 1300 GPH
Submersible Aquarium Powerhead
The Maxi-Jet Pro powerheads comes with two different front covers and impellers. With the installed impeller and impeller cover the Maxi-Jet Pro has input and output connections for powering undergravel filters. For creating water movement the Maxi-Jet Pro also comes with a propeller and propeller assembly.
106 GPH to 153 GPH
Submersible Aquarium Powerhead
The Mini-Jet aquarium powerhead can be used in reef aquariums to create water currents, and it is also ideal for small fountains or waterfalls. Includes suction cup support.
Aquarium Powerheads:
Mini Polario
Aquarium Powerheads:
Reef Octopus
1000 GPH to 2600 GPH
Submersible Aquarium Powerhead
The TAAM Mini Polario Low Voltage Water Pumps are unique bi-directional pumps that will pulse water in one directional and then into the opposite direction based on a pre-set schedule. The Mini Polario is also an energy efficient, high flow, low voltage pump. Includes magnet mount.
750 GPH to 3000 GPH
Submersible Aquarium Powerhead
The Reef Octopus Powerheads are super efficient, high output propeller driven flow pumps that produces massive thrust of water. Available in single and dual driven models. All models come with a magnetic mount to attach it anywhere in the aquarium.
Aquarium Powerheads:
SeaLine Utility Pump
Aquarium Powerheads:
Rio Aqua
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127 GPH to 1473 GPH
Submersible or External Aquarium & Pond Powerhead
These powerheads can be used for just about anything. They can be used as submersible pumps for water circulation or used externally in a closed loop system.
69 GPH to 900 GPH
Submersible Aquarium Powerheads
The versatile Rio powerheads can be used with wet-dry filters, venturi protein skimmers, uv sterilizers, undergravel filtering systems, ponds and fountains. The HP versions are for high pressure situations. The PT versions include an intake venturi.
Aquarium Powerheads:
Rio HyperFlow
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Aquarium Powerheads:
Seio Super Flow
260 GPH to 1920 GPH
Submersible Aquarium Powerheads
Similar to the Rio Aqua Pumps. The Rio HF pumps are better in high back pressure situations.
620 GPH to 2600 GPH
Submersible Aquarium Powerheads
The Seio Super Flow powerheads are powerful circulation pumps that can be used with the Rio Seio Super Flow Powerhead Electronic Controller. The Seio Magnet Mount, a separate purchase, will hold the pumps firmly in place.
Aquarium Powerheads:
Via Aqua
Fountain Powerheads:
Laguna Fountain & Statuary

130 GPH to 526 GPH
Submersible Aquarium Powerheads
ViaAqua Submersible Water Pumps, the energy efficient and versatile water pump. Enhanced motor design and magnetic rotor technology makes these units energy efficient and quiet, yet are powerful and reliable.

80 GPH to 750 GPH
Submersible Fountain & Statuary Powerhead
The Laguna Fountain & Statuary Pumps are ideal for fountains, statuary and hydroponics. They include adjustable water flow and mechanical filter foam.
Fountain Powerheads:
Laguna TableTop & Statuary
Powerhead Magnet Holders
68 GPH to 384 GPH
Tabletop Fountain & Statuary Pumps


Pump Accessories Wavemakers




Parts: Laguna Parts: Coralife Turbo Sea




Parts: Fluval Parts: Hagen AquaClear




Parts: Hydor Parts: Iwaki MD & WMD




Parts: Lifegard Aquatics Quiet One Original Series Parts: Little Giant Q Series




Parts: Maxi-Jet Parts: Pacific Coast Pump




Parts: Penguin Parts: Pondmaster Hy-Drive




Parts: Pondmaster Mag Drive & Pond Mag Parts: Reef Octopus




Parts: Rio Aqua & HF Parts: Seio Pump





Choosing a Main System Aquarium Water Pump
The critical choices when choosing a pump are:
  • Powerhead or pump. A power head is submersible pump and a pump is an external pump. Some pumps, such as the Pondmaster pumps can be used submersed or externally.
  • Connections. All of our pumps list the diameters of the input and outlets. You always want to use a pump with an outlet diameter that is equal to or less than the diameter of the hose and all other fittings before the water is returned to the tank or sump. For example, if you use 3/4" hose with a pump with a 1" output, you will severely restrict the flow of the pump.
  • Flow rate. All of our pumps have the flow rate listed in gph (gallons per hour). The flow rate will be affected by the amount of head pressure. Consult the Head Pressure and Pump Performance section below for information on determining how much head pressure you will have. Once you've determined the head pressure, you can use the performance charts listed for most of pumps to determine how much output in gph you will have.
Aquarium Water Pump Desired Flow Rate
The optimum tank "turnover rate" is approximately 6 to 7 times per hour for saltwater fish-only tanks, 10 to 12 times per hour for saltwater reef tanks and 4 to 5 times for freshwater tanks. For example, the pumps on a 50 gallon reef tank should be a total of 500 to 600 gph (after head pressure is taken into account). When determining which pumps you needs to achieve your desired flow rate you should include all the pumps in your system. This includes the powerheads in the tank and any pumps running power filters and canister filters. Although your protein skimmer pump may have significant flow, since protein skimmers have a great deal of head pressure you will not get much flow from your protein skimmer pump.

To determine how much flow you will get from any given pump, you can calculate the head pressure (the calculation is provided below) and refer to the performance charts provided for most pumps. To see an example of how head pressure effects gph view the Performance Chart for the Rio Aqua Pumps. Head pressure is listed as "MAX. HEAD".

Aquarium Water Pump Head Pressure and Pump Performance
As the head pressure increases the gph will decrease. Use the following guide to determine the amount of head pressure in your application in order to determine how much flow you will get from any pump.
  • Each 90-degree bend in the plumbing will add about one foot of head due to friction. Each 45-degree bend will add 1/2 foot head pressure. This includes any bends in filters, chillers and uv sterilizers.
  • As a result of friction, each 10-foot horizontal run of pipe will add a foot of head pressure.
  • In an open system (a system using a sump), each foot of vertical distance from the intake of the pump to the return into the aquarium will add one foot of head pressure. The vertical distance in a closed system does not affect head pressure. A closed system is one where the pump draws water directly from the aquarium and returns water directly to the aquarium.
Using the example of the Performance Chart for the Rio Aqua Pumps, if the distance from the inlet of the aquarium pump to the discharge point in the display tank were five feet and there were two 90 degree bends in the plumbing and five feet of horizontal pipe, then the head pressure would be approx. 7.5 feet.

As seen in the Rio Aqua Pumps chart, there is a limit to the head an aquarium pump can handle. With the Rio 600 when the head feet reaches 4, the gph is reduced to zero. Most of our pumps have listed the head height where the Shut Off point is reached.

Note: We have not included any info for how much head pressure there is when you restrict the flow by using hose or return fittings with a smaller diameter than the pump outlet. This depends on the size of the pump outlet and the amount of restriction. In general, it increases head pressure a great deal and is not advisable.

Aquarium Water Pump Redundancy
You'll be better off with two or more smaller pumps than one large pump. Having at least some water turnover is critical to the survival of any aquarium, and if you have more than one pump when a pump fails you will not need to desperately locate a replacement pump. An aquarium can completely crash within eight hours if there is no water turnover because pumps are critical to aeration. An air pump will keep an aquarium aerated--you may want to have a battery operated air pump on hand to keep your aquarium operational during power outages.

Aquarium Water Pump Noise
We are often asked if a particular pump is noisy. In general, pump noise is a function of the output of the pump and how the pump is hooked up. Most pump noise is caused by the pump vibration causing attached hard surfaces to vibrate, and by friction as the water travels from the pump. To reduce pump noise you will want to do the following:
  • Put the pump on a padded surface to absorb the pump vibration
  • Use flexible hose
  • Use as few plumbing pieces as possible
  • When connecting an external pump to a sump, use flexible hose to connect the sump bulkhead to the pump inlet
  • Do not restrict the inlet of a pump by using a plumbing fitting with a smaller diameter than the pump inlet. This will cause cavitation as well as a great deal of noise
Even if you follow all the bullet-pointed advice listed above, you will still have some pump noise. With smaller pumps this will not be very noticeable, but with bigger pumps it can be irritating in a quiet environment.

Aquarium Water Pump Cost
"The best advice I can offer is this: Even if you are on a tight budget, do not scrimp on the pump. This is the most important component of the system, and its failure can spell disaster."

John H. Tullock, "Natural Reef Aquariums"