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Old 02-11-2009, 12:08 PM   #1
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Which Powerhead to get?

As always you think you know everything ( kidding ) and you come up with another question LOL

I have a 55 gallon reef in progress ( aka three little mushroom polyps) hope to expand when I get a bit more $$

I was thinking about getting a hydro-chor (chlor?) powerhead and wasn't exactly sure which to get. I was opting for the 4 which I believe is about 1000 gph. I already have a maxi jet 900 ( about 250 gph) in there as well as a penquin 400 running ( in addition to my LR and protein skimmer)

Would this be too much flow? ( Ive heard its almost impossible to have) or should I get a less gph? I think I'm starting to see some cyano with what I have, along side with the green algae ( which i'm working on...)

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Old 02-11-2009, 12:30 PM   #2
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I have 2 maxi jets 1200 one with a mod kit on it,in my 55 gal as well as the skimmer
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Check out the Koralias. For a 55...maybe a 2 or a 3. I love mine. The magnet mount is awesome, and it projects a great, broad span of flow.
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The Koralias will work fine in the 55. Having 2 1000gph ph in the tank will create a lot of flow but the nice thing about the koralias is they are wide gentle flow rather then a jet of water so I think you will be fine with them. I would have one on either end of the tank pointed at each other so the flow collides in the center of the tank.
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I agree, the Hydors are nice, my snails and urchins crawl across them and don't get stuck.....
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and KORALIA requires lower wattage than the other Powerheads too
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I have 2 x K4s in a 75 on a wave timer, its AWESOME.

Water Pumps & Wavemakers: Hydor Koralia Water Circulation Pumps

Wave Makers: Maxi-Jet Natural Wavemaker System for Reef Aquariums
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The Koralias will work fine in the 55. Having 2 1000gph ph in the tank will create a lot of flow but the nice thing about the koralias is they are wide gentle flow rather then a jet of water so I think you will be fine with them. I would have one on either end of the tank pointed at each other so the flow collides in the center of the tank.
Pretty much what I was going to say! The Koralias are well worth the money.
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I have two HK #2, two HK #1, and a nano in a 65 gallon tank (3' long) with a QuietOne4000 return pump. I have no issues with too much flow. On a 4' tank, I would probably go with #3.
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Thanks, thats what I was wondering. I'll probably go with a 3 then instead of a 4. I appreciate it!
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