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Old 09-04-2012, 08:45 PM   #11
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Another question... What is the difference between a powerhead and a sump pump? I get the circulation pumps (added tank circulation). But I hear people mention power heads and I hear people mention pumps... Pumps seem to be more expensive but that's all I get, do the do the same thing? What should the water flow be for a 56g collum? Can there be too much flow? Please let me know when I start to get annoying....
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Old 09-04-2012, 08:49 PM   #12
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A powerhead is a pump. So is a circulation pump. They're all pumps. You want about 7x overturn through the sump. About 50x overturn total for a reef.
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Old 09-06-2012, 02:09 PM   #13
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Well yes.. I get that they are all pumps. Lol
Thanks for the flow info. I guess my next question would be if I go with corals in the future (my sump is about 20x the flow now) would a circulation pump be enough or would I have to push all that water through the sump?
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Old 09-06-2012, 02:27 PM   #14
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For corals you will need powerheads as well to move enough water around for the corals, how much depends on the type of coral.
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Old 09-06-2012, 10:03 PM   #15
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Sps like a lot of flow. Softies not as much. You can place in the tank accordingly though. I have 43x total overturn (water, I have about 9x overturn in my sump.) 5 powerheads. 2 1400s 2 1000s and 1 300 or so.
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Old 09-07-2012, 12:36 PM   #16
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Ok cool, I'm with ya now. What do you mean by sps?
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Old 09-07-2012, 08:31 PM   #17
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Small polyp stony coral. Like acropora, birds nest, montipora etc. they like high flow high light.
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