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Old 02-10-2005, 12:14 AM   #1
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do yall use power heads?

Ive never put a powerhead in a FW tank, heck, I didnt even know of them really before I got into saltwater. But Ive got all my equip from my 10 gal SW and I have 2 mini jets (606 and a 404), would it be a bad idea to use these in a FW?
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Old 02-10-2005, 12:25 AM   #2
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Water flow in a saltwater tank is vital for a lot of reasons and also depends on the type of life you stock in the tank. In a freshwater tank, I dont think its necessary to sustain life. Some freshwater fish dont like a lot of turbulence in the water at all. I think it might be best to research the type of fish you plan on keeping in a freshwater tank and determine if they prefer a lot of water flow and good circulation. Your filter should provide enough circulation to keep most fish happy. Someone with more experience in saltwater systems might be able to give you better advice as to why water flow is important in a saltwater tank vs. a freshwater tank.
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Some freshwater fish dont like a lot of turbulence in the water at all. I think it might be best to research the type of fish you plan on keeping in a freshwater tank and determine if they prefer a lot of water flow and good circulation.
Ditto. Find out the preferences of your fish first. Some get annoyed by faster moving water.
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How about using them to make a nano river tank with dwarf or kuhlii loaches? http://loaches.com/river_tank.html
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Well the powerheads in a SW are to move the water around the live rock mainly. Live rock is the natural filter in a SW tank. Plus my percula's loved a strong current!
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How about using them to make a nano river tank with dwarf or kuhlii loaches? http://loaches.com/river_tank.html
Now that is just too cool.
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I use em guppies love em, UGF's love em, heck I love em!! Go PowerHeads!!!

You ought to see my dual powerhead UGF in my 29 gallon!! plus HOB with sponge filter on the intake. we are talking 450-500 GPH ahh!!

alot of fresh water fish love water flow BTW My pleco is in heaven
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I have use for them from time to time....so I keep 10 or so of varying size on hand.
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I love powerheads and use two in my 180gal oscar tank. They both have the quick filter attachment and help to filter the tank. I think they are AquaClear 50's.
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Toirtis you have the worse case of MTS that I have ever seen. Or should that be the best case.
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I always use power heads, but I keep fish that prefer the water movement. I also found that it enhances my UGF. Never set up a tank without 'em
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