Mr. Saltwater Tank TV Friday Am Quick Tip #85: Have 2 of These You’ll Rest Easier

While this piece of equipment on your saltwater tank isn’t very exciting, it will get your blood pumping if it goes out. Β To help lower your blood pressure, follow the quick tip.

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  • JCE says:

    great tip , right now i dont quite need a spare because well i only have a 30 without sump πŸ˜€ , so the only spare part i need is an extra heater *knocks on wood*

  • Corey says:

    Great tip, another idea is to have two pumps running, that will together equel the same gph as one big one. That way if one goes out while your gone, there will still be one running.

  • Brian Davis says:

    It’s interesting how many may be infusing their tanks with one pump and no backup…myself included, although, I do have a backup impeller. I own a solid pump, but I know “it”, that will not be named can happen (: Mine is a Gen X PCX 40 pumping at about 12 head feet (:

    I do need to correct this. Hmm, my backup is a few days away too! I’m chewing on this more now, Ugh! Thank you Mark! Lol (: Excellent discussion! I’ll be in touch! I need to plan my order with you. Take care.


  • Jesse says:

    Friday morning quick tip is ” Make sure your sump has the right amount of water in it, that in case of a power outage, you water level doesn’t overflow!

  • Mark H. says:

    Mark, thanks for the tip. Always nice to have a spare. πŸ™‚

  • John Michtich says:

    Good tip. I have backup pump for my tank also now as Mark said the outlet fitting needs to be the same size. Tip is to put a union fitting on both the return and backup pumps the same size that make it easy to change out the pumps without having to pull off a hose clamp and put off hose stuck on the fitting.

  • Matt says:

    Nice tip… I need to replace my sump pump soon… I’ll probably step up my backup Ehiem at the same time as its probably seized through lack of use by now… πŸ˜›

    Thanks for the tip chaps πŸ˜‰

  • BobbyReef says:

    your the man Marky Mark

  • ivan says:

    Nice tip!!!

  • Now now Matt, that German made Ehiem should run for years! I bet it’ll start right up.

  • Bobby…glad to hear I’m still passing the test!

  • Matt says:

    lol … it probably will… and probably outlast whatever shiny new bit of kit I install instead of the current pump… The junkie in me just feels the need for new things… πŸ˜€

  • kevin pluk says:

    great idea.

    Also a good thing to know, i know at least ONE shop where i would be able to get a new pump in the middle of the night (if needed).

    An other idea (added to this) if you got some reef friends close by, you just need one or two as long as you can get the pump at any time.

  • Kevin…certainly a strong reef club could have a couple of pumps on hand for members. Of course the person housing the pumps would had to be willing to pick up their phone in the middle of the night!

  • Steven says:

    It is like having a lifted truck and no spare, no one thinks they will need it until do then your SOL. Good tip Carlos and Mark!!!

  • Derrick says:

    One thing I found is to use a true union on the outlet of my return pump, then I can switch it out with my spare pump in less than 5 min πŸ™‚

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