The Red Dragon 3 ECO 25 Watt is a brand new controllable pump from Royal Exclusiv with the smallest footprint we’ve ever seen from the company. Clocking in at a meager 25 watts, this is also the lowest power pump Royal Exclusiv has ever made.
With only 25 watts of power to draw from, we have reasonable expectations from this pump so while it may push 1,000 gallons per hour at zero head, this total drops off very quickly with any kind of pressure. At five feet the output drops to around 528gph and at six feet the Red Dragon ECO is barely pushing 400 gallons every 60 minutes.
With that kind of meager flow curve it seems like the Red Dragon ECO 25 watt will be better suited to driving protein skimmers, closed loops or filter manifolds where it is less critical to use a high pressure water pump. This will be a very welcome addition to the Dreambox 2.0 with Fleece Filter where full sized Red Dragon 3 pumps are just a whee bit overkill for everything but the return pump.
The Red Dragon 3 ECO 25 watt appears to be using the same pump body that we’ve seen in the Vectra S1 and Deepwater Aquatics BLDC5 but we’d be very surprised if the Royal Exclusiv version came in anywhere near to their $275 and $210 price respectively. We’ll find out when Royal Exclusiv opens up orders for their new Red Dragon 3 ECO later this week.