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Old 12-02-2003, 12:42 PM   #11
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Maxijets are the best powerheads out there. That is all I buy. I probably have 5-6 of them. Not all in the tank, but I also use them to mix newly made SW.
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My fluval 404's are both below the water line.
I also have air wands suctioned to the bottom of the aquarium with gravel ontop to give a bubble affect. The bubbles break the surface and create extra movement/more aeration for the fish.
I like this affect.
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Old 12-02-2003, 10:26 PM   #13
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I have the Fluval 304 and the penguin 550 powerhead on my 55 gal. Although, I have Africans and they prefer calmer water, so I've read, this is sufficient current for my tank. I know the 304 produces a lot of current , so the 404 should definitely be plenty in a 55 with the 550, which is penguin's smallest powerhead to my knowledge. The 404 is rated for a 100 gal tank.
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The bubbles break the surface and create extra movement/more aeration for the fish.
I like this affect.
Great idea for FW but will be ineffective for Doan's SW set up. Bubbles do not provide enough surface movement to properly exchange CO2 for O2

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so the 404 should definitely be plenty in a 55 with the 550, which is penguin's smallest powerhead to my knowledge. The 404 is rated for a 100 gal tank.
Keep in mind that most manufacturers rate their filters while empty. Once media is added and return head pressure is calculated, the flow will be reduced by as much as a third. In a SW tank, canisters can be used effectively but the flow is inadequate and must be supplimented with PH's.

That said I comepletely agree on the Maxi-jets

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Old 12-02-2003, 11:35 PM   #15
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Keep in mind that most manufacturers rate their filters while empty.
That is good information to know, Steve. I had no idea but now that I think about it, it makes sense.

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Ahhhh now it is starting to make sense.. For the life of me I couldn't figure out why the output on the 340gph fluval was nowhere near as strong as on my 250gph powerhead.

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I have a 77 gal with a fluval 404, great filter, very versatile. All I have done (I cant handle the sound of splashing water either) is have the output nozzle under water and pointing upward to make "ripples" on the water, this has always worked for me. I dont have any powerheads.
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Old 12-05-2003, 11:15 AM   #18
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Ok thank you ... I should have plenty of movement now I have the 404 and a 250 gph and a 100gph powerhead (it came with that skimmer I have decided to ditch) I thought I might as well leave the powerhead in there as weak as it may be and it was independent of the skimmer which is now sitting in the basement collecting dust
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I have the return on my Fluval 404 just under the water surface and it works just fine.
I've run it that way for over six months now with no problems.
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I also connect me 304 output under water. so far so good. the inlet are connected to a surface skimmer.
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