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Old 01-12-2015, 12:57 PM   #1
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Do I Want Waves or Ripples?

So I just got my new Jebao RW-4 and I've been playing about with it.

I was wondering what flow patterns are more beneficial to keeping a successful reef.

Pattern 1: Highly agitated surface, minimal wave action.





Pattern 2: Very calm surface, constant wave action.





Which is better?


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Old 01-12-2015, 02:52 PM   #2
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i like ripples, give a good shimmer and better agitation. but thats me
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i like ripples, give a good shimmer and better agitation. but thats me

Yeah... I'm a tad paranoid of the waves overflowing..


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go with ripple, the light shimmers beautifully and has more agitation so there would be less of a protein build up on the surface (if there was to be one)
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Depends on where your corals came from. Some corals evolved in surge zones where the wave action is like a washing machine. Others like a very subtle current. They all like a more random flow pattern. Breaking up the surface is a very good recommendation.


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Depends on where your corals came from. Some corals evolved in surge zones where the wave action is like a washing machine. Others like a very subtle current. They all like a more random flow pattern. Breaking up the surface is a very good recommendation.


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I can make pretty good ripples which crash against the opposite side and make waves coming back...

I can't believe I've never had a controllable Powerhead before..


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I use an mp10 and go from really high turbulent flow to more of a moderate wave like flow and my corals seem to enjoy that. Acropora especially appreciate the strong random surges.


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