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Old 03-18-2013, 11:50 AM   #1
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Dead spots in tank

I have a 150 and 3 pumps in the tank.. The sides underneath the pumps has a flat gray color .. Looks like old food sitting on top of the sand.. What is a good fish or vert to get to eat all that stuff? Every week I turn the pump straight down to blow it around. But it comes right back..
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Old 03-18-2013, 07:29 PM   #2
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It sounds like you might need to re arrange your pumps, or look into a wave maker/surge/rotation system. There aren't many fish you can buy that you can depend on to fix a dead spot
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:46 AM   #3
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I tried moving my pumps. I may end up buying to hydor nano pumps just to put in the corners
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No nanos! They are a waste of money. What gph are your power heads?
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:53 AM   #5
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I have 2 1050's 1 in each corner. Then one 350 in yhe center back behind the reef
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:55 AM   #6
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I have the two hydors on the smart wave alternating every 15 minutes. Can't run them both at the same time with that controller
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I would upgrade them. get something much larger. you don't need more power heads IMO, just stronger ones.
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Old 03-19-2013, 11:28 AM   #8
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I just bought them.. Lol and I just think running them both at the same time is making my softies not very happy.. There blowing all over the place..
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Well, they can't be blowing too hard if you are getting a detritus build up on the sand bed. Try rearranging them to indirectly hit the soft corals.
IMO/IME, 1050 power heads are not nearly enough flow for a 150 reef.
On the tank at the Devon Fitness Club I used to maintain, I had 4 x 1500 gph power heads in it and I still felt it wasn't enough. It was also a 150.
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Old 03-19-2013, 11:32 AM   #10
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I've got them on each end pointing at the front glass and the softies were they sit are folding over. Running one at a time they still blow. But looks tolerable for them..
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