Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > General Aquarium Forums > General Hardware/Equipment Discussion
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 07-06-2010, 07:00 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Madison, WI
Posts: 166
Powerhead/Sand question

So, I recently had an issue where my filter clogged up, and since it is my only source of surface agitation I almost lost a few fish due to lack of oxygen (and my PH crashed and all that fun stuff). So, I'm thinking of getting a small powerhead to use only for surface agitation(so if my filter clogs again it's not an emergency), but I want to find one that can handle being in a tank with sand.

I'm hoping to have one that doesn't need any sort prefilter so I don't have to worry about it being clogged up. I've seen some that look like underwater fans, would these work better than a traditional powerhead when used with sand? Basically, I want something that won't get destroyed if it sucks in a little bit of sand.

It would be for a 55 gallon, and I only need one big enough to agitate the surface enough for oxygenation of the water. Any suggests/comments/ideas?

Thanks all.
__________________

__________________
TCool is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2010, 09:49 PM   #2
AA Team Emeritus
 
cmor1701d's Avatar


 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Belle Mead, NJ
Posts: 7,814
I take it this is for a FW tank. We use multiple powerheads in SW tanks with sand beds. Get a Koralia PH with the amount of flow you want. Place it about half way down from the top and point to the center top of the tank.
__________________

cmor1701d is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2010, 10:25 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Madison, WI
Posts: 166
Those were the ones I was looking at. Thanks a ton!
__________________
TCool is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2010, 03:11 AM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Cumberland, MD
Posts: 2,444
An air pump is also good for circulation if your hob filter stops, and adding a sponge filter to it will pick up more debris as well as adding biofiltration that won't stop if/when the power filter does.
__________________
toddnbecka is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2010, 03:03 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
cabezon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Tampa FL
Posts: 1,010
+1 on the koralia. They are very flexible in their placement and flow.
__________________
cabezon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2010, 11:54 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Columbia, Tn and Tupelo, Ms
Posts: 90
whats a good flow rate for a 55 gallon. this is in a SW tank
__________________

__________________
Tryin2layadime is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
powerhead, sand

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Powerhead Question... Reefer27 DIY Projects 1 03-12-2009 06:22 PM
To powerhead or not to powerhead...that is the question. STARFYRE Nano Reefs 14 01-01-2007 05:43 PM
POWERHEAD question rev190 Nano Reefs 5 12-18-2006 03:16 PM
Powerhead / Sand question SkinnyPete General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 10 03-27-2005 08:57 PM
Powerhead Question gozetec02 Saltwater Reef Aquaria 13 11-28-2004 06:30 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:37 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.