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Old 09-11-2012, 01:17 PM   #1
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Wavemakers and water flow for a reef

I'm almost ready to begin my reef adventure however in my final stage, I am needing advice on water flow. I'm wanting a realistic (or as close as I can get to realistic) water flow for a reef. I've read conflicting reviews regarding wave makers so I'm curious as to what everyone has. This is for a smaller reef tank. It's 55 gallons with dimensions are 48x13x20. Thank you!!! =)
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Old 09-11-2012, 02:27 PM   #2
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Mp10 or an Mp40 depending on the size of the tank or 2 Mp10's.

There awesome and I love mine! It moves the whole body of water. It has many settings to mimic nature.

Reef crest mode
Lagoon mode
Short burst mode etc etc


http://ecotechmarine.com/products/vortech/vortech-mp10/
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Mp10 or an Mp40 depending on the size of the tank or 2 Mp10's.

There awesome and I love mine! It moves the whole body of water. It has many settings to mimic nature.

Reef crest mode
Lagoon mode
Short burst mode etc etc

http://ecotechmarine.com/products/vortech/vortech-mp10/
I have 1 Mp10 on my bio cube 29 and love it.

Oops sorry, I quoted myself lol.
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I have 1 Mp10 on my bio cube 29 and love it.

Oops sorry, I quoted myself lol.
LOL! I will check them out! Thank you!
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To mimic natural behavior you'd want laminar flow and random flow. So one always on maybe and some other ones that either point in different directions (rotating heads) or come on in intervals (timer/wavemaker).

The mp10's are nice. Really pricey though! I believe koralia has a wavemaker for koralia pumps. And then there are controllers that can alternate power supply and currents to pumps as well.
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I have the koralia ph and smartwave timer. Works good. I sure would like to upgrade at some point to the mps tho after seeing Convicts' BC video lol. But for the price the Hydor Koralia setup i would recommend.
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I want to see the video! Where is it?
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I want to see the video! Where is it?
Here it is

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<<----HAS TONS OF QUESTIONS FOR YOU!! LOL! WOOOOOW! The entire tank is absolutely freakin awesome! I love the water flow too! How did you stack your live rock and how do you keep stuff from getting behind it? (and the questions begin! LOL!)
Well thank you!!

The Mp10 believe it or not gets flow everywhere, behind the rocks and under the rocks. It moves the whole body of water. It really is an amazing piece of equipment.

The rock scaping took some time. I stacked the back wall and glued it. Then stacked the front portion of it. I wanted to give the tank depth and the illusion of being bigger by bringing one side closer to the glass then slowly bringing the rock work back towards the back wall.

I had a few avalanches before getting it right.

There's over 30 pounds of live rock and 25 pounds of live sand.
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