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Old 07-25-2006, 08:04 PM   #11
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Based on my extensive reading you will want a minimum flow of water that is 10x the tanks capacity. In your case that would be 550gal/hr minimum. Two powerheads that are rated for 275 gal/hr (aprox) would do the trick. Your filtrationwill add to that but that is a good thing. Some aquarists use 20x or30x per hour.

I'm probably on the high end right now with my 46gal tank. I have a 200gal/hr powerhead and a 300gal/hr powerhead. I'm also running a 175gal/hr canister and a AC300 with an unknown output.

So far I don't seem to have any problems with the diverse currents in my tank.

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i don't see "aquaclear 30" i see aquaclear 402, 802, etc. How many gph do yours pump? im just not sure how much power to use.
You are correct. I have 2 aquaclear 301s (175Gph). I mainly use my fluvial for more water movement and carbon.

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That is the purpose of a clean up crew and what they dont get the LR and skimmer will get.
As far as treating you water with prime, This is not a desirable solution. This is my experience. When I started 9 years ago I started with treated tap and the first 2 months I had algea problems and ich problems. Since then I have added nothing but RO/DI water from the LFS until I got my own about 6 months ago. I have not had algea or ich in my tank since then. 8 1/2 years of using RO/DI water and it has paid off for me. I read on here where many people have had problems that use tap. Is my tank trouble free because of the RO/DI or is it the UV or feeding every other day or maybe the the refugium. I like to think of it as all of them with the RO/DI being a big part of it. Wish you the best
melosu is right. i treated my tap with prime, and i had nothing but algea problems. horrible mess. i dont have any problems after switching to ro/di.
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i currently have 2 aqua clear 50's. i only have a 40 gallon tank, so i know it's a little overboard, but there has been no problems at all and my water is moving around excellently. my powerheads are rated at 270 gph each, so you would probably even be fine with two of those kinds.
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sounds great!!! ill be ordering my protien skimmer, test kit, and powerheads this week and then maybe next time i get paid i can order some live rock... thats gonna be the big expense!

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