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Old 11-14-2013, 11:14 PM   #1
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Is flow in tanks a game of chess?

I have a 40 breeder with a few fish, a BTA, trumpet coral, and a hammer coral. I didn't really like the flow out of 1 Koralia EVO 1400. I felt I had to find good spots for these corals, and it took some time to adjust. I didn't want to feel too limited in my random flow spots, so I nixed the 1400 and got 2 850's. I know this is a little more flow, but I figured it would be more random as I could have them pointed towards each other. Wrong, it's insane flow in there, and a lot of it is direct and not so random. At this point, I'm afraid I might lose my hammer coral from too much flow, and my BTA is going bananas... Is placement always about finding the right spot? I just can't seem to find a spot where the bottom heads of my hammer coral don't look like they're getting a direct blast... Any tips?
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Aim your powerheads at the sides of the tank and at the surface of the water. I have 6 powerheads in my 55 reef, so you are by no means crushing your tank with flow...you just have to get the kinks worn out. All of my powerheads are pointed at the sides and surface. Even then, I have 2 dead spots right under my powerheads.
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Right now they're both about 3 inches under the surface of the water, in the middle, on opposite ends facing each other. Not really aimed towards the surface but definitely getting agitation. Should I lower them and face them more upwards?

Would a day or 2 of trial and error with flow wipe out my hammer if it has a lot of direct flow? That's what I'm concerned about.
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Old 11-14-2013, 11:31 PM   #4
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Buy a vortech. I love mine
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Old 11-15-2013, 01:04 AM   #5
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I would recommend another powerhead or two and maybe smaller individual powerheads. IME/IMO more smaller ones work better than fewer larger ones. The downside is more powerstrip slots.
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Old 11-15-2013, 12:36 PM   #6
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Have an opportunity to buy a new MP10 for $236... Should I pull the trigger? I've tried many times with many sized Koralias but just can't find a good tune for this tank, I believe because it is such a short and shallow tank...
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I would if I had the money and opportunity. They'd go great with my radions.
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Old 11-15-2013, 12:50 PM   #8
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Think I might pick one up... Seems like its a solid little powerhead. Might be the answer to my issue. The 2 new power heads I picked up were a form of money owed to me, so it isn't any money "lost" per se. Just gotta try to sell em.
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Id keep one 850 gph and the mp10. I have a mp10 in my BC29 and its great. My return shoots right under the vortech so I have no dead spots.
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Old 11-15-2013, 01:44 PM   #10
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Man I'm gonna have a tough time spending $235 when I have 2 EVO 1400's, 1 EVO 1050, 1 EVO 550, and 2 EVO 850's. There's gotta be something I can work. Plus I have a Hydor Wave Maker. What if I put the 550 on the back of the tank in the center towards the top, ran that constantly, and put the 850's on the Wave Maker? That might randomize things a bit eh?


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