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Old 05-14-2005, 09:09 PM   #1
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**Wavemakers what do you think??**

I wanted to know what to do I hear alot about Wavemakers and was wondering what is an inexpensive way to turn my 2 Powerheads into one?
I have a 55gal. 260Watt CoralLife Power Compact, 3 1W Lunar Lights, Live sand 4in DSB, 75lbs. Live Rock, 2 Cinnamon Clownfish, Firefish, Magenta Dottyback, snails, crabs, Feather Duster, Sabae Purple Tipped Anenome, 1 White Leather Coral, Red Sun polyp, assorted polyps, 2 Assorted Color Plate Corals, Pipe Organ, Frogspawn, Fox Coral, Flat Brain, Finger Leather, Mushrooms, Green Star Polyps, 2 8" Maxima Clams, Wet/Dry filter, Protein Skimmer, Heater. I am not looking to spend alot into making a wavemaker so anyhelp greatly appreciated.

I saw that they sell a rotating deflector for powerheads and was just curious if it was a good thing to purchase to dissipate the flow b/c when I turn the PH one way it kicks the sand around the other way it seems too much current on the corals. You can check out my setup. http://www.flickr.com/photos/59422509@N00/

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Old 05-14-2005, 09:59 PM   #2
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Possibly a sqwd with your present ph's?
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Old 05-15-2005, 10:00 AM   #3
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I put rotating devices on the four powerheads in my 72 gallon and have been very happy with their performance. I think that they are called hydro flows (I can't remember the exact name, it's been a while since I bought them) but I know that www.premiumaquatics.com carries them. They were about $12 each as I recall. I've seen postings where some members have complained that they reduce the volume of water flow too much and that they can jam with algae growth. I have noticed a reduction in water flow but I don't believe that it is very significant. The benefits that I receive from the constant, chaotic water movement have been benefical for my corals. For example, my Xenias are always moving and swaying in different directions and from the literature that I have read, that is exactly what you want. It is very important to keep them clean or they will jam. I use a bottle brush to clean them every couple of weeks or so and they continue to work well. If you don't have the time to keep them clean then don't waste your money on them because the gears will eventually clog and jam.
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Old 05-16-2005, 10:53 AM   #4
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I use the Natural Wave Timer by Red Sea. Basically, it is a six outlet power strip. Three of the outlets an be used for what ever you want. The other tree are on a roating timer of sorts. You can set them to alternte from 20 secs to two minutes. It works great for me and is a lot less exspensive then other wave makers.
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I have one of these in my 29G on a Maxi 400. Its great. Putting another in my 75G..


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