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Little Giant 'Quarium
Model Flow gph Max Head Watts Inlet Outlet
2-MDQ-SC 510 14.4 ft 96 1/2" 1/2"
3-MDQ-SC 700 18.0 ft 90 3/4" 1/2"
3-MDQX-SC 1100 14.0 ft 100 1" 1"
4-MDQ-SC 850 24.3 ft 150 1" 1/2"
4-MDQX-SC 1325 17.0 ft 145 1" 1"
5.5-MDQ-SC 2150 44.0 ft 445 1" 3/4"
Lifegard Self-Priming External
Model Flow gph Max Head Watts Inlet Outlet
1/6 HP 3000 12 ft 409.4 1-1/2" 1-1/2"
1/2 HP 3600 38 ft 793.5 1-1/2" 1-1/2"
3/4 HP 4860 50 ft 1058 1-1/2" 1-1/2"
1 HP 5760 53 ft 1380 1-1/2" 1-1/2"

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Mag Drive
Model Flow gph Max Head Watts Inlet Outlet
MD5 500 10 ft 45 1/2" NPT 1/2" NPT
MD7 700 12 ft 60 1/2" NPT 1/2" NPT
MD9.5 950 14 ft 93 3/4" NPT 3/4" NPT
MD12 1200 15 ft 110 3/4" NPT 3/4" NPT
MD18 1800 21 ft 145 3/4" NPT 3/4" NPT
Quiet One
Model Flow gph Max Head Watts Inlet Outlet
1200 296 6.10 ft 25.5 1/2" MPT 1/2" MPT
2200 594 10.66 ft 45.0 1" MPT 1" MPT
3000 819 10.33 ft 55.0 1" MPT 1" MPT
4000 991 10.17 ft 65.0 1" MPT 1" MPT
5000 1400 11.65 ft 115.0 1" MPT 1" MPT
6000 1664 11.65 ft 135.0 1" MPT 1" MPT
9000 2040 16.40 ft 125.0 1-1/2" MPT 1-1/2" MPT
14000 3307 25.00 ft 175.0 1-1/2" MPT 1-1/2" MPT
Eheim Hobby
Model Flow gph Max Head Watts Inlet Outlet
1046 80 4 ft 5 12/16mm 9/12mm
1048 160 5 ft 10 12/16mm 12/16mm
1250 320 6.5 ft 28 16/22mm 12/16mm
1260 634 12.1 ft 65 25/34mm 16/22mm
1262 898 11.8 ft 80 25/34mm 16/22mm
Mini Pico Evolution
Model Flow gph Max Head Watts Inlet Outlet
200 70 1.6 ft 3.5 * 1/2"
400 100 2.3 ft 3.5 * 1/2"
600 160 1.25 ft 4 * 5/8"
800 200 1.3 ft 6.5 * 3/4"
1000 260 2 ft 8 * 3/4"
1200 300 2.3 ft 8 * 3/4"
Seltz All-Purpose
Model Flow gph Max Head Watts Inlet Outlet
L20 185 4.16 ft 11   1/2" tubing
L30 320 6.25 ft 23   1/2" tubing
L40 740 7.5 ft 55   5/8" tubing
*screen pre-filter intake

Adjustable Flow Pumps

Koralia Controllable
Model Flow Rate (gph) Watts Dimensions Aquarium Size
Min Max Min Max
Koralia Nano 100 260 0.6 3.8 2" x 3" 10-30 gallons
Koralia 1 180 450 0.6 3.9 2.25" x 5" 25-40 gallons
Koralia 2 260 680 1.6 9.2 2.88" x 5.88" 30-50 gallons
Koralia 3 370 950 1.6 10 2.88" x 5.88" 45-75 gallons
Koralia 4 550 1,400 2.3 13.7 3.25" x 6.25" 55-90 gallons
Koralia Magnum Pumps
Model Flow Rate (gph) Watts Dimensions Aquarium Size
Min Max Min Max
Magnum 5 600 1,900 2 8 4.25" x 6.5" 110-180 gallons
Magnum 6 800 2,500 4 10 4.25" x 6.5" 150-250 gallons
Magnum 7 900 3,100 5 19 4.25" x 6.5" 180-300 gallons
Magnum 8 1,100 3,500 6 22 4.25" x 6.5" 220-360 gallons
VorTech EcoSmart
Model Flow Rate (gph) Watts Dimensions Aquarium Size
Min Max Min Max
MP10ES 200 1,575 8 18 2.5" dia x 1.5" high up to 50 gallons
MP10w ES 200 1,575 8 18 2.5" dia x 5" high up to 50 gallons
MP40w ES 1,000 3,200 9 28 3" dia x 5" high 50-500 gallons
MP60w ES 3,500 7,500 10 60 4" dia x 3" high 120-1,000+ gallons

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