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Old 02-07-2007, 09:38 PM   #1
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I keep reading about powerheads and flow inside the tank. i was wondering if you guys thought it would be neccessary to put some kind of powerhead in my 20 gal. Right now I have a marineland biowheel filter along with a cpr hang on bak pak skimmer.
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Most likely you'll want at least a small powerhead to counteract the flow from the biowheel. I have a lone biowheel in my QT and I end up with very circular flow with a couple dead areas. I like it for the QT as it makes it easy to suck up any gunk as it always ends up in one or two places. But for a main tank, you'll probably want a more random/chaotic flow pattern.
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I agree! Flow is your friend!
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Is this for a FO, FOWLR, reef tank? Regardless of the type of setup you have flow will help keep carbon dioxide from building up and keep your tank well oxygenated but if a reef tank then certain corals require higher flow then others.
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This is going to be for a reef tank. What sie powerhead would you reccomend?
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You want 15-20+ times turnover for reef depending on the flow needed by the corals.

A couple of Maxi-Jet 600 or 900 power heads would work well.
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are powerheads good for a planted FW tank?
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