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Old 12-05-2004, 12:41 PM   #1
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Good Powerheads?

What would be good powerheads to buy manufacture, flow? how many for a 65 gal tank? thanks
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Old 12-05-2004, 12:44 PM   #2
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if you want the best and have money go for tunze streams !
if not go with 3-4 maxi-jet 1200 would work great
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Maxijet or Hagen are good brands IMO.
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wonder something !!!
maxi-jet 1200 run 295 gph @ 20 watts
and the cheapest tunze $127 does 1600 gph @ 11 watts

so how long would it take paying the higher electric bill on a few maxi-jets to equal the price of a tunze? food for thought
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You could use the electricty calc to determin this.
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i sugest some POWERSWEEP powerheads. they are not very expensive and they rotate on their own. They are like wave maker+power head. i would say 4 of the small ones or 2 of the large ones and a small. They work great on my 75.
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do you have a link to such calc ? im very curious on this
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Old 12-05-2004, 01:00 PM   #8
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Look at the top of the page. for the calc link...

first-timer, how long have you had those powersweeps? When I have tried them they worked for a short period and then just stopped sweeping. Takeing it apart and cleaning only helped for a short time.
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sweet never new that was there duhhhhh

ok so one maxi-jet 1200 running 24/7 @ .10 a kilowatt not sure my price just used default will cost 17.28 a year (not as bad as i thought it would be )
a tunze would be $9.50 a year for 1600 gpr
so to keep up with one tunze ya would need 5.4 maxi-jets which would cost $86 a year to run 5 pumps !
$128 for tunze + 9.50 in elect = 137.50
5 maxi @ $18 each =90 pluss elec @ 86.40 for 5 pumps a year = $176.40

so you will save money in the long run very very cool to know !!
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True but the tunze is 1600gph from one source making current in 1 direction. Onl if you put 5 maxijets all side by side and on top of eachother would you get the same effect so to speak. WIth 5 maxijets scattered about the tank you get the equivlent GPH flow in total but you get it from different directions making things more random.
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