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Old 02-12-2012, 06:45 PM   #1
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Wavemaker?

I have two hydor koralia pumps for my 65 gal fowlr. Do I need to get a smartwave pump controller for them, or will the water movement be good enough with that? Thanks!
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Old 02-13-2012, 01:18 PM   #2
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No, you don't need the wavemaker by any means. It is essentially just a fancy timer that can turn them on and off in sync with each other. It does help to make currents a little more random in the aquarium, but is by no means a necessity.
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Are u suppose to shut ur wave makers off periodically or keep them on all the time
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Old 02-14-2012, 07:38 PM   #5
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That's really up to you. Most wave makers come with a feeding function that cuts off your pumps for 5 to 10 minutes and higher end ones can be programmed to slow down the pulses at night. When I was using one, I only used the feeding function when I was doing a water change to keep the pumps from drawing air. You got to figure nature isn't likely to do any of that though.
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I have my aquarium controller doing my wavemaker job but I have the powerheads go off at night, just to give the tank a break.
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That's really up to you. Most wave makers have a feed function that pauses the pumps for 5 to 10 minutes and the higher end ones can be programmed to slow the pumps at night if you wish. I only ever used the feed function on mine during water changes when the water level was low.
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