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Old 11-24-2003, 10:15 PM   #1
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Circulation pump for a 30 gallon?

I was wondering what kind of circulation pump I should get for a 30 gallon tank and where to place them. I have one RIO 400 placed about mid high on the right side of my tank. I was looking at getting another one unless someone has a better idea for one.

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Old 11-24-2003, 10:51 PM   #2
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If you want cheap water movement check for the Via Aqua pumps from www.drfostersmith.com about 4.00-$10.00 depending on size.. I would say that about another 200gph pump would be nice pointing towards the other one so that the water smashes into the output of the other making the waterflow somewhat chaotic

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I personally have a love affair with maxijet powerheads. THey are not overly expensive and outperform RIO's in my book.

A pair of Maxijet1200's would go great in the 30.
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Im adding a maxijet to my 30 gal as soon as it comes in the mail...i currently have a rio towards the top of the tank to break up the water surface so I don't get that film and to help with oxygenation. I was thinking about putting this new on mid to lower level in the tank.....any probs with that? Will it make a funky current? I just don't wanna stress my fish and inverts....I doubt this would, but hey, ya never know!
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You should be fine with the current. Infact what you want is to have a random disturbance of water so that corals sway back and forth.

What I like to do is put powerheads on opposings sides of the tank blowing toward eachother. What you get is a good bit of random current in the middle area of the tank.
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how are the via aqua pumps?? do they start everytime unlike rios??
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