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Old 12-20-2014, 08:10 AM   #1
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Wave Maker Vs. Glass!

I have a 90 gallon reef, it is a glass tank. I have always wanted to use a wave maker in my tank and have been skeptical about doing so. I have heard that it will slowly beat your glass until you spring leaks! Does this myth have any truth?
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That's completely absurd. You are going to need decent flow in the tank for corals. What are you using for flow currently?
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Wave Maker Vs. Glass!

Never heard that b4


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Old 12-21-2014, 04:46 AM   #4
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I have two 950gph powerheads I want to set them up on a timer to make a wave like motion in the tank but I don't know where I heard it but someone said the repeated hitting of the water on the glass will eventually break your seals
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That's not true. I would not alternate the power heads though, since you need them on full time. I suggest getting larger power heads. Two 950s aren't much for a 90 gallon.
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I have two 950gph powerheads I want to set them up on a timer to make a wave like motion in the tank but I don't know where I heard it but someone said the repeated hitting of the water on the glass will eventually break your seals
If that were true... many many many of us would be in deep trouble
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I can only imagine what would happen if this were true. My vortechs are on one of the pulse modes and would see a similar effect if true.


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Wave Maker Vs. Glass!

Glass does weaken over Time. So will the silicone. But I don't think a wave maker will affect it enough that you should be worried about it. If the aquarium is extremely old and fragile then it might speed up the process but at that point it shouldn't have water in it anyway


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If that was true it would take more than a life time to work.
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It may or may not be true but you can never underestimate the force of the waves in your tank. The taller and wider your tank is the more stress there is in the glass sealant. That being said, its failure depends on the craftsmanship and the quality of the sealant used.
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