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I've been looking around for an eFlux wave pump to go with the Current USA light and Loop controller I already have, but I can't seem to find any for a reasonable price. Does anyone know if there are other cheaper pumps (price not quality) that are compatible with my current setup so I could actually put it on a timer and whatnot, rather than just keeping it on full blast all the time?
 
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eFlux Wave pumps are only $70-$120. Really not out of line for controllable pumps. How big is your tank?
My tank's only 20 gallons, so I'd have to use the 660 gph one, which is the smallest they offer. I was really just looking for something used, but can't find any at all. The thing is, a lot of people in this hobby seem to be pretty well off financially, so they don't think twice when dropping $70, but it's quite a bit for a little underwater fan with mixed reviews.
 
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My tank's only 20 gallons, so I'd have to use the 660 gph one, which is the smallest they offer. I was really just looking for something used, but can't find any at all. The thing is, a lot of people in this hobby seem to be pretty well off financially, so they don't think twice when dropping $70, but it's quite a bit for a little underwater fan with mixed reviews.
Hey, I didn't mean for this message to come off as harsh, so sorry if it did. I just have a limited budget, so I try to be as thrifty as possible. There's probably nothing cross compatible though, right? Even if I did go with the eFlux, there's a worrying number of people who report those pumps failing after about a year.
 

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In this hobby, I've found very few items that I would consider cheap and also reliable. Considering I have thousands invested in corals and fish, I don't skimp on my gear. Remember, it's a life support system for the animals you chose to care for.
Yes, there are some ways to save money. And I'm all for that. Wavemakers, lights, pumps and a few other things are so important to these animals that I don't skimp there. Do I have a crazy cheap doser? Yup! Works great! Do I have stupid expensive lights? Yup! Works great! Do I have a used tank that helped me save crazy money so I could buy some of the pricier things? Yup!
 
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I think I will go with the eFlux pumps then. Either them or the Jebao sw2, though the Jebao doesn't seem as high quality. Do you know, for the eFlux, do I need also to buy the wave pump hub or can I plug into the lighting hub directly?
 

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I think I will go with the eFlux pumps then. Either them or the Jebao sw2, though the Jebao doesn't seem as high quality. Do you know, for the eFlux, do I need also to buy the wave pump hub or can I plug into the lighting hub directly?
Best of luck! I don't know the Current system (I run an Apex), so I can't help with getting your pumps to work with the hub.
 
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Best of luck! I don't know the Current system (I run an Apex), so I can't help with getting your pumps to work with the hub.
Alright. Thanks. Just for future reference, what dosing system do you use? I'm only keeping soft corals for now, so I don't need one, but perhaps I will eventually. I'd be more afraid of a cheap doser then a cheap wave pump, but if you say it works great, I believe you.
 

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Alright. Thanks. Just for future reference, what dosing system do you use? I'm only keeping soft corals for now, so I don't need one, but perhaps I will eventually. I'd be more afraid of a cheap doser then a cheap wave pump, but if you say it works great, I believe you.
 

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I know a lot of people put Jebao in the "cheap garbage" category but in my experience they are good affordable pumps. I have 2 wave makers and a return pump and the only failure I've had in 2 years was the return pump getting a snail James in the impeller.
 
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I know a lot of people put Jebao in the "cheap garbage" category but in my experience they are good affordable pumps. I have 2 wave makers and a return pump and the only failure I've had in 2 years was the return pump getting a snail James in the impeller.
Yeah. I was seriously considering one, I just figured I already had the rest of the Current stuff. Also, the eFlux came with the little foam guard, which I wanted. I'm sure it would have been fine if I had gotten a Jebao, though.
 
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