Pumps are used for box or wet-dry filters. In the case of marine aquariums, they
are sometimes used merely to circulate the water, or simply surrounded by a block
THE REAL POWER OF A PUMP
Here is an example based on a 1,000 liters/hour pump model, capable of reversing
the flow to a height of 1 m: In fact, a very slight curve should be visible, but
the precision here is sufficient to see that the pump has a flow of no more than
600 liters/hour for transporting water to a height of 40 cm.
A pump's power
There are several brands of pump and various levels of power. The power level
is calculated for the operation of a pump that does not raise the water level: the
water is pumped and sent back to the same level.
Manufacturers supply two figures for every pump:
- the maximum flow, which corresponds to a flow reversal height of 0;
- the maximum water height to which the pump can take the water, corresponding
to a flow close to 0.
In some rare cases, the directions for use will include a graph that makes it
possible to calculate the real power corresponding to each height of flow reversal,
but on most occasions you will have to draw this yourself.
The real power of a pump actually depends on the height
of the water.