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I use 2 ac submersible pumps to return water from my sump back to the 75 gal tank . They are noisy (humming) and run warm . I want to replace them with dc submersible . My question is should I get 2 to just replace what I have or can I get one more powerful and use a "Y" adapter to drive the 2 returns ? I know there will be some loss with the Y , but will it be enough to make it worth getting 2 ? I have no experience in this area as I have used 2 pumps as long as I have had this tank running . TIA .

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I've went both ways. Having two pumps has the advantage of still having everything moving of one goes down. It also makes it a bit easier to adjust flow in different areas. That being said, DC pumps are affordable enough that you could buy 2 large ones and have a backup on hand. I M building a tank with one right now and wonder if I should get another.

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I've went both ways. Having two pumps has the advantage of still having everything moving of one goes down. It also makes it a bit easier to adjust flow in different areas. That being said, DC pumps are affordable enough that you could buy 2 large ones and have a backup on hand. I M building a tank with one right now and wonder if I should get another.

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Good points . I am leaning towards 2 because of that reason of one still going if one dies . I may get 3 , use 2 and have a backup....lol

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I ordered 2 of the Jebao DCP 3000 . 845 GPH max . The ones I run now are like 400 GPH so these should be great . I may try using just one at first and see how it works . I hope they will run cooler as the ones now are keeping the tank at 78-79 F and I like to keep all my tanks at 77 . I have pc fans taking heat away from the 4 foot Beamswork to keep it cool , but doesn't help with tank tamp . I will try to remember to update once I get the dc pumps installed and working . They are not supposed to come till Wed the 6th

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Pumps came today...go figure but I am glad . I got them installed and man oh man I wish I had tried dc years ago . They are so quiet , no sound at all from tank except the small trickle of water going down emergency drain and that is negligible . I have then running at 55% so should be around 450 gph each. A lot more than the ac pumps were doing .The display says they are using 16 watts each . If true they should save a lot of electricity over the long haul . It took a little fiddling with , but I got them balanced and right amount of water returning to sump when pumps turn off . The pumps have a feed feature which turns them off for 10 minutes and then back on . Here is a pic . Need to do some wire routing , but got late tonight . I will finish up tomorrow .
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They are quite nice. They can sometimes have quality issues, but they will switch out bad equipment if you don't have the pump sitting around months before trying it out. On a side note, I switched out one of my bathroom exhaust fans to a DC fan and it is way quieter too.

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I've actually had pretty good luck with the Jebao DC pumps.
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I've actually had pretty good luck with the Jebao DC pumps.
Me too. The small issues are with things like the threads on the output being messed up, or the controller buttons not working well. The Amazon reviews have a few folks getting the wrong controller with their pumps. Never had a problem with the actual pump.

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I hope these are as good as you all's and the reviews I read before I bought them .

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