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Old 11-18-2014, 08:25 PM   #1
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Okay so I've been playing with my flow for sometime now, and would like to hear how others fair.

Should their be a time when there is no flow in the tank? How quickly should my timer be switching between sides? What type of strength should I have?

I have an 180 gallon 6 foot tank.

Four power heads, two on each side. One large and one small.

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They are hooked up to a hydor smart wave controller.

I feel like my fish and soft corals are being blow away. And my anemones are as well.

Right now I have my pumps off in order to try and get my anemone to settle on a spot, and not be blown around the tank like a leaf in a tornado. And with the pumps off all the fish are out and about, but the coral seem lifeless.

Man flow is tricky.

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Old 11-18-2014, 08:32 PM   #2
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i would do one on the lower back right, one on the upper back left, and one on each side at different levels. the goal is no dead spots and randomness.
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i would do one on the lower back right, one on the upper back left, and one on each side at different levels. the goal is no dead spots and randomness.

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Should they all be on at the same time? Or how long in between switches? Should the more powerful one be on top?


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i meant on the back wall of the aquarium, and its all up to you. observe the tank for deadspots and adjust.
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That all depends on what you are trying to accomplish. I'd first aim to avoid any deadzones where food, poop, algae, and everything else will gather up. I know this has been a constant battle in my 55, to where I've beaten the flow to death with several powerheads...to include 2 MP40's even. Way overkill, but managed to almost my liking.
Now, when it comes to achieving this, every tank is different as every scape is different. One thing that has helped out in my system is having a powerhead in the middle of the tank, shooting out towards the glass at some angle. This will help create a more chaotic flow towards things, which is something that both coral and fish enjoy.
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I want to have a solid reef tank with a combination of hard and soft corals. My problem now is both my anemones are being stupid picky which is my biggest frustration at the moment. Most of my fish seem to hide in the back corner which also pisses me off. I'm debating rearranging the tank even though I really like the layout.

Just been an irritating process. Which is funny because I thought lighting was my biggest issue.


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That all depends on what you are trying to accomplish. I'd first aim to avoid any deadzones where food, poop, algae, and everything else will gather up. I know this has been a constant battle in my 55, to where I've beaten the flow to death with several powerheads...to include 2 MP40's even. Way overkill, but managed to almost my liking.

Now, when it comes to achieving this, every tank is different as every scape is different. One thing that has helped out in my system is having a powerhead in the middle of the tank, shooting out towards the glass at some angle. This will help create a more chaotic flow towards things, which is something that both coral and fish enjoy.

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As you can see it kicked up a lot of crap 😋


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i meant on the back wall of the aquarium, and its all up to you. observe the tank for deadspots and adjust.

I think that's what you meant...

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