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Old 10-29-2013, 09:10 PM   #91
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A few are adjustable but generally they are only "controllable" through a controller. Is a controller necessary? Not really as you can get some nice wave/turbulence action from careful placement and just turning them off when feeding. But, a controller is nice for adjustments, feeding time and nocturnal motion. I like the hydor powerheads and smart wave for features and price. Also the jebao powerheads are controllable and affordable.
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Old 10-29-2013, 09:19 PM   #92
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I was looking at the Hydor, as well as the vortechs. But I didn't know if it was bad to just have the power head full blast with corals in the tank.
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Old 10-31-2013, 12:31 AM   #93
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Yes, usually corals don't like being blasted with current. I try to think of how the ocean works and try to simulate that as best I can. Rarely does water just move in one direction.
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Old 10-31-2013, 12:33 AM   #94
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Yes, usually corals don't like being blasted with current. I try to think of how the ocean works and try to simulate that as best I can. Rarely does water just move in one direction.
How do you do that thought with Hydor and no reef keeper? Do you just aim them towards the glass and let the flow bounce around?
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Old 10-31-2013, 02:10 AM   #95
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youll see the smartwave controller for the hydors here.
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the problem that I uncovered when I was researching new powerheads was 1) the hydor wavemaker doesn't actually give you control of intensity (10-100%) it simply alternates between several connected powerheads to give wave motion. and 2) ive heard from numerous sources that running a powerhead on a wavemaker decreases its lifespan. id look into either Tunze, Jebao, or Vortech powerheads. all 3 offer truly controllable models that are built and designed for variable pulse use. id consider the Jebaos to be the most economical, the Tunzes in the middle, and the Vortechs high-end.
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sorry, heres the link for the Jebao. it gives you the look of the Tunzes and controllability of the Vortechs...for a 1/4 the price. I know both Carey and I have one and I know im buying another soon, absolutely love it. also its not that corals hate current, they just don't do as well with fixed current. it needs to be randomized
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sorry, heres the link for the Jebao. it gives you the look of the Tunzes and controllability of the Vortechs...for a 1/4 the price. I know both Carey and I have one and I know im buying another soon, absolutely love it. also its not that corals hate current, they just don't do as well with fixed current. it needs to be randomized
Wow they are nice power heads. Which one should I get for a 75gal tank? I want to go reef eventually.
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Old 10-31-2013, 08:41 AM   #98
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Also I was looking into the reef octopus diablo dc 3500. Or should I get the 5500? Any opinions!?
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Just looking into skimmers and I don't know whether I should get one rated for a 200 or 150. 75 gal tank with 40gal sump.
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Old 10-31-2013, 04:36 PM   #100
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I think the 150g skimmer will be fine, does it fir in your sump is the question..... lol
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