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Old 05-25-2005, 04:56 PM   #1
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Powerhead in a 29??

I just bought a Coralife HQI setup for my 29 and I'm planning on doing a SPS tank. I have a Surge pump that's pumping about 300-400 gph, do I need another powerhead?

I know that my gph is good, but would I need a powerhead to deliver more water flow to my SPS corals? If so, which powerhead would be appropriate? TIA.

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Old 05-25-2005, 05:02 PM   #2
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12X overturn is good... if you want a reef setup, I would recommend up to 15X. Instead of packing another huge PH in there, you could go with a smaller Maxi-Jet. Also consider a SCWD unit that would switch between two outlets, so that you can have random currents (something that his HIGHLY beneficial to a reef setup). Do you have a sump?

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I would get another one. 29g is a taller tank and you need most output to get water moving vertically down throughout the tank. My 15g tall tank was not happy until I had 2 MaxiJet 600s (150gph each) and a Maxijet 400 (100gph). That is 400 gph in a 15g tank, not including the skimmer... I am planning to pickup a Wavemaker soon, but then I would probably want Maxi Jet 900s
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I do indeed have a sump, but does that affect my need for flow in my big tank? Thanks for your incredibly quick responses guys, I'm going to go down to my LFS and buy a SCWD unit. I'll post some photos at one point or another.
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Old 05-25-2005, 07:32 PM   #5
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Get another powerhead, or two. For an SPS tank flo is very important. You may even consider some type of wave maker device.
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if you use your return flow pointed in the right direction where you would want it to go, i suppose that would cut down some on needing a PH, or at least a bigger one.. id def. get another maxi

as for my tank i think wth my maxi 900 and my return pump its going to have pretty high turn over, tho i might get another maxi soon just for more current and direction, not really for the gph rate

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