The JBJ Oceanstream circulation pumps we heard about last fall are starting to appear at online retailers over the last few weeks. Propeller powerheads have become the standard the last few years and JBJ has brought some affordable propeller water pumps to the market with the new Oceanstream powerheads. Available in two sizes, the Oceanstream Nano pushes 500 GPH for smaller aquariums and the original Oceanstream is rated at 1,600 GPH for aquariums up to 100 gallons.
Although they share a similar look to other products on the market, the JBJ Oceanstream circulation pumps are stepping away from the propeller style of impeller utilizing what the company calls the “Paddledisc” impeller. We haven’t gotten our hands on these pumps to tell you exactly what the physical differences are for the impeller but JBJ notes these divert water to the perimeter of the pump housing to give you a wider flow.
The Oceanstream pumps also moved away from suction cup mounts shared by many traditional pumps, instead using a much more secure magnet mount. The JBJ Ocean stream is also outfitted with a ball-and-socket on the mount and pump housing to easily adjust where the powerhead points.
Probably the most eye-catching feature of the new JBJ Oceanstream pumps is the price, running around $29.99 for the small 500 GPH Oceanstream pump and $42.99 for the 1,600 GPH version. These are also available in kits featuring two circulation pumps and a JBJ Ocean Pulse Duo wavemaker allowing you to set alternating cycles from 10 seconds to 6 minutes. We found prices for the kits at AquaCave around $90 for the Nano Oceanstream kit and $110 for the standard Oceanstream kit.
[via Marine Depot]