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Old 12-31-2013, 10:58 PM   #1
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I am soon going to be moving my 30 gallon set up to a 55 gallon tank.... I am using live sand on the floor as substrate with a good amount of live rock also. What size and how many PH's should I use for my new tank? I want them to be strong enough to move the proper amount of water, but not so strong that they disturb the sand on the bottom. Any help with this would be great!
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Old 01-01-2014, 12:12 AM   #2
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800gph should be good
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Old 01-01-2014, 12:38 AM   #3
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Just 1 800 gph? Or 2 400 gph? I used a 1200 in my freshwater 55 before and it blew sand all over so I'm just a little nervous to buy other PH's since nobody will take them back!
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I have a 55 and I run 2 hydor 850 PH's. Pretty good flow overall, actually I think I could've went with a little more power but it gets the job done.
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Btw. I run them using the wave maker controller and I have them running separately
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Cool... I was thinking about that!
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Old 01-01-2014, 05:45 PM   #7
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The only drawback I have with the hydor wave maker is that when the pumps turn on it makes a pretty loud clicking noise. My fish don't seem to mind though. Also if you're looking to get actual wave action in your tank you'd be better off going with ecotech pumps, if you can afford to, or jebao wp40's which would be easier on the wallet.
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I would wait on the Wp40. It is unknown how long they last. Mine lasted just a few months and then crapped out. The manufacturer also did not honor the warranty.
Hydor Koralias have a good guarantee and have proven to work well. The wave maker is unnecessary.
I would use at least 2 x 850 gph, but if this will be a reef tank, probably more like 2 x 1200-1400gph.
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Right now it is only gonna. E fish and live rock..... Maybe reef in the future but when I used a 1200 in this tank before when it was freshwater it blew the sand everywhere and I never could get it to settle..... Is it going to be different with salt water and live sand?
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I would wait on the Wp40. It is unknown how long they last. Mine lasted just a few months and then crapped out. The manufacturer also did not honor the warranty.
Hydor Koralias have a good guarantee and have proven to work well. The wave maker is unnecessary.
I would use at least 2 x 850 gph, but if this will be a reef tank, probably more like 2 x 1200-1400gph.

Oh that sucks that they didn't honor the warranty. I almost bought the wp40 but went with the hydor 850's instead.
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