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The Reef Octopus VarioS water pump features a detachable controller module, high quality ceramic shaft and propeller bearing to reduce wear and tear, and the latest variable speed flow technology for refined control, enhanced performance, energy-efficiency and safer operations.
Unlike the vast majority of circulation pumps which uses alternating current (AC), the VarioS pump boasts several key advantages over traditional AC pumps, namely, higher energy efficiency, safer operations at a working voltage of 24V and most notably, the variable speed control to adjust the ideal mix of air and water flow into the skimmer. Direct current pumps have several key advantages over traditional AC pumps. Most notably, you can control the rotational speed of the motor, thus electronically control water flow rates. DC pumps are also more efficient than AC pumps and produce less heat per volume of flow.
>>> Now the aquarist can have full control of the water flow through their sump, reactors, filters or closed loop systems!!!
In addition to allowing the pump to run at 5 different speeds, which is pretty normal for a DC pump, the new VarioS Controller takes the pump to a new level featuring:
- A float switch connection, which allows you to connect a float switch (included in the box) to the controller. This is an added security feature that allows you to shut off the skimmer pump when your waste collector is full or shut off your water pump when your sump water has reached a high or low level. In all, you don’t need another module or controller to add a float switch to your system.
- Two different pause/feed modes that will shut off the pump for either 15 or 60 minute intervals. These come handy when you are feeding the tank or conducting regular maintenance such as a water change.
- And the best feature of the VarioS controller is… a 0-10v input which will allow a 3rd party controller such as Neptune System’s APEX or Reef Angel to take over the pump and tell it what to do. In this mode, the new VarioS controller becomes an interface between the system controller and the pump allowing you to create intricate programs using your system controller native language. This is unprecedented controllability on a skimmer or water pump. In essence, you can use your system controller as your DC pump controller!
Includes: VarioS-6 pump, controller, float switch, power supply, 1in output and input union for plumbing direct PVC, versatile stepped barb output fitting for flex tubing and protective intake screen.
The VarioS pump features a true slow startup where the pump slowly ramps up from zero RPM to the full preset speed over a period of approximately 10 seconds.
The pump and controller are connected via a waterproof 3-conductor union. The detachable controller will allow for a simple waterproof union. The volute can rotate to change the pump's output orientation in 90 degree intervals, meaning users can output water vertically (up or down) as well as horizontally.
Features of VarioS DC Water Pump by Octo:
- Safe and Efficient 24 Volt Operation
- 5 Controllable Energy Saving Power Settings
- Detachable Controller with Waterproof Union
- Safety Float Switch
- 0-10v Input for 3rd Party Controller
- Integrated Memory
- Two different pause/feed modes that will shut off the pump for either 15 or 60 minute intervals.
- Super Quiet Operation
- True Slow Startup
- Submersible or External Applications
- Comes with intake screen and plumbing attachments
VarioS 6 Water Pump Specs
- Output size: 32mm/1 1/4in (barb / PVC coupling)
- Inlet size: 1 1/4in male union thread
- Pump to controller cable length: 6ft
- Dimensions: 3.75in(W) x 5.7in(L) x 5.5in(H)
- Voltage: DC 36V
- Power Consumption: 70w watts at max power
- Max flow: 1720gph*
- Max Head Height: 16ft*
Note: THIS IS NOT A PRESSURE RATED PUMP. This pump is not ideal for second floor applications or to feed Beckett or downdraft skimmers where consistent pressure is necessary.
- 2 year coverage on pump/1 year on rotor
Reef Octopus can not be responsible for consequential damages arising from installation or use of this product. Reef Octopus warrants the pump to be free from defects in material and workmanship under normal use and conditions for the warranty period from the date of purchase. CoralVue liability under this warranty shall be limited to repairing or replacing at CoralVue’s discretion, without charge. CoralVue will not be liable for any cost of removal, installation, transportation, or any other charges which may arise in a warranty claim.
NOTE: This warranty is void if the product is damaged through abnormal operating conditions, accident, abuse, misuse, unauthorized alteration or repair. This warranty is valid only in North America and is non-transferable. Consumable spare parts are not applicable to the warranty.
In this video we will concentrate on connecting your VarioS pump to a 3rd party controller by using an available 0-10 volt port. This makes the Varios pump very versatile and almost universally compatible with most system controllers like the Neptune Systems’s Apex or the Reef Angel. I will show you how to program your Neptune System’s Apex controller to take advantage of the advanced controllability of the VarioS skimmer and water pumps.
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Octo VarioS 6 Performs as Advertized
Posted by Lawrence on Sep 17th 2016
Here is a quick view of the Octo VarioS 6. My Waveline pump was in the process of croaking so I got the VarioS 6 (1765 gal/hr) from Fragtastic Reef for $284.00 (no tax). The pump comes with: screw-on guard for the intake, 2 union quick disconnect fittings, out flow fitting, and a float switch that connects to the control with an adjustable holder. The float switch can be used to turn off the pump for either high or low situations. It is an integral part of the controller, but does not have to be used. The controller comes with holder allowing the controller to be pulled out for easier viewing and use. The speed control has five settings and two feed setting, 15 minutes and 60 minutes. The pump is Apex Ready and they have video and instructions for making the correct 10v cord. One of the things they have done is move all of electronics into the control box. If this is a surprise to you are not the only one. Until I looked into it I didn’t realize most manufactures put most of the control chips in the pump housing. This change explains why CoralVue will warranty the pump (not the controller) for two years.
One really nice feature involves maintenance. With most pumps if you want to clean them you have to get out the screwdriver and go to work. With the Varios 6 the pump housing snaps on and off with just a quarter turn. It’s pretty slick and will make maintenance a breeze.
In use the pump is dead quiet. But don’t let that fool you. I had to turn it down because it was pumping so much water the overflows were backing up. If I have one gripe it is the documentation which is pretty slim. There are videos posted on the CoralVue website, but a good solid PDF would have been nice.
OVERALL: This is a well thought out product. It comes with a lot of goodies that make installation easy and saves trips to the fish or hardware store. As I said, it is dead quiet. Of course at this point I cannot say anything about longevity issues, which is the only reason I give it just 4 stars.
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