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Old 04-16-2012, 07:04 AM   #1
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Powerhead decision

My tank is nearly 35g, not quite a cube (65 cm x 45 cm x 45 cm). I have an Ehiem 3000 returning water from the sump so flow is decent in the middle of the back of the tank.

I have no idea what kind of flow I need. Softy and LPS corals., leathers, polyps, torches.

Should I add a power head?

Thinking (2) vortech mp10wES
Or (1) vortech mp40
Or coralife power head set
Or hydor nano set

What do people think would be the best, without overdoing it?
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Old 04-16-2012, 10:03 AM   #2
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One vortech 10 will give plenty of movement. Lps lik low light flow
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Old 04-16-2012, 11:59 AM   #3
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I'm planning to add one MP10 to my biocube here shortly. A huge selling point is the range of flow they can put out, and the modes. The range will allow you to dial in what your corals need, and the modes will allow you to only need one PH opposed to two opposite each other.
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Old 04-16-2012, 01:40 PM   #4
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The online dealer recommended I get two of the MP10wES. He's the only authorized dealer for vortech in Korea. I thought one would be enough too. I'll post his responses to my email. Prices are a bit high (exchange rate and import taxes) but I think it's cheaper than if I bought it directly from amazon.com. Actually, I bought something recently through TB Aquatics since they ship internationally.
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Old 04-16-2012, 01:46 PM   #5
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From online dealer:
But, If you are planning to use only 1 MP10ES in your tank

I recommend to use Coralife DC motors instead of VorTech

It's almost same price to 1 unit of MP10ES but it has 2 pumps with controller

Also you can select 2 Hydor and AC controller instead of MP10ES

Because I recommend to use 2 x MP10wES (not MP10ES) in your tank

to utilize its function 100%

Also if you use 1xMP10ES in your aquarium

it must be caused durability problem later
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Old 04-16-2012, 01:50 PM   #6
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So I replied and asked him about having just one MP40 (if it would have the same durability issues).

This is part of his response:

It's also recommendable to think about 1xMP40wES

and I prefer MP40 rather than MP10 because it has much more robust design in it

- It uses more components than MP10 to hold shaft and it give better durability
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My vote is for a single vortech.

i have a cube tank that is 24 X 24 and will be using a single mp10 for it. The mp40 would be way overkill in my opinion. You'd have it turned so far down you might as well have the mp10. LOL

If you don't want to spend a fortune on a vortech though i have found koralia units to be top notch and use them in all my tanks.
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Yea one 10 would be fine in my opinion
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Would it be overkill to get two mp10s?
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Old 04-17-2012, 01:37 AM   #10
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I'm so nervous about getting one and it not being enough then want to upgrade later.
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