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Old 06-24-2013, 05:36 PM   #11
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Ok .
It it your video I was lolking at with the big black float in a tank ?
Not sure.
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Not sure.
I've seen a few but they all seam to use a 5gal bucket . A flap valve with a float .
Is this the easiest way ?
For my 70 gal is 5 gal of water too much to surge in ?
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Not sure.
I'm thinking maybe ill plan the sump with something for a surge wave maker .
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I have seen some wave makers in youtube that looks like the tank is being swing from side to side. The wave is too large and unproportionate to the tank. I think smaller but more ripples at the surface is more effective and pleasing to the eyes.
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I have seen some wave makers in youtube that looks like the tank is being swing from side to side. The wave is too large and unproportionate to the tank. I think smaller but more ripples at the surface is more effective and pleasing to the eyes.
I saw one that was a huge square on top that when filled with water it would fall and spill into the tank .

That's where I originally got this idea .
I think buckets hanging above the display would look kinda ghetto ,
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If I have to make a DIY wave maker, I would just use a paddle partially submerged at one end of tank driven by a very slow and adjustable speed motor with a crankshaft similar to the wheel of a train engine. The paddle would just sway back and forth creating ripples to the surface.
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If I have to make a DIY wave maker, I would just use a paddle partially submerged at one end of tank driven by a very slow and adjustable speed motor with a crankshaft similar to the wheel of a train engine. The paddle would just sway back and forth creating ripples to the surface.
Wouldn't water spilling or dumping in be more realistic ?
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Wouldn't water spilling or dumping in be more realistic ?
If you can recreate a beach in your tank, yes.
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A wave maker will create a surge without all the mechanical issues, but a proper dump system does more than just create a surge.
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