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Can i use this pump in my salt water fish tank

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I would not recommend a utility type pump for any aquarium. Most of these pumps eventually seep oil into the water and that will quickly end any aquaculture project you have going. Also the aluminum does not fare well with saltwater and will poison any invertebrates sensitive to metals in the water.

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Glad to HELP YOU!

I am an aquarist for MANY YEARS. I do have few tanks at home, one with fresh water and other three with saltwater (reef and fish only).

I'd suggest you DO NOT USE such pump into your saltwater tank.
Stick instead with the classic ones: CORALIFE, MARINELAND, ATLAS and so on.
This Flotec 1/6 Hp 1260 is used mostly for PONDS and DECORATIVE FOUNTAINS. In saltwater some of its plastic parts will release TOXIC SUBSTANCES that will KILL your livestock!!!


My best wishes!

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