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Old 01-09-2006, 10:24 AM   #1
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Power Head size for my tank?

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I have a 200L tank with about 30-40lb of LR, Bakpak 2R skimmer and Eheim 2215 canister filter. I'm wanting to add a powerhead(s) for extra water circulation (the only circulation at the moment is from the filter return). What size powerhead should I be going for (L per Hour)?

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Old 01-09-2006, 12:17 PM   #2
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I have about the same tank size and I use two Maxi-Jet 1200 (one on each end) along with the pump from my sump and Magnum 350. I just added a 228 power sweep but have been disappointed in the performance of it compared to the Maxi-Jet ph. Overall you want to turn your tank over around 10-15 times per hour or more depending on what you plan to keep or in your case around a total of 2500 to 3000 liters per hour. Since your Eheim 2215 does around 600 liters per hour the two additional Maxi-Jets should be fine.

Also you may want to get about another 20 lbs of lr for your tank to help with filtration.

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Forgot to mention the Penguin 1140 Powerhead. It does 300 gph\ 1135.5 in Litres and is also a very reliable ph IMO. I have a 10 year old 1140 that I use to circulate and pump my premixed sw for pwc and it’s still going strong.
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Thanks for that....I'll try and pick a couple up cheap on Ebay!

As for the additional LR, I'd never really intended using LR (hence the canister), but started picking up bits here and there until I got a great deal on about 20lb of it from a LFS that was closing down. Once I've got enough to filter the tank on its own, I plan to gradually reduce the amount of bio filtration media in the Eheim until it's empty and then decommission it. Does this sound sensible?
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Sure but you may want to add another ph or two once you stop using the Eheim. I read your other post on the lr find That was a steal.
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