Let me start with some background info...
1 Marineland Emperor 400 filter (double bio wheel, 400 GPH
1 Marineland Penguin Powerhead 660 (170 GPH
The Emperor filter is on the right side of the tank...it keeps the water and sand looking clean and constantly moving.
The Penguin powerhead is on the left side of the tank at the top and is not working as well. There are large amounts of brown algae that only grows on the left side of the tank. I think its due to lack of water flow...also the left side of the tank just doesn't look as clean or nice as the right.
We have tried repositioning the powerhead in several different places, or even going right up against the glass, and nothing seems to work.
My powerhead says "Submersible" on the package and it shows it submersed in the picture on the front. However, seeing as how it has a cord that plugs in I just couldn't imagine it being completely under the water...of course most of it is, but I read another post on AA about how a guy was putting his midway down his tank....truely submersed. Can I do this too???? It doesn't seem possible with the eletrical issue. Plus it would just look ugly...
I should also mention I don't have to extra tubing that goes from the powerhead into the sand...
1. Can I buy a second Marineland Emperor 400 filter and leave the double bio wheels out, and just use it as a "water mover" basically? (This option is another 80 bucks)
2. Try and submerge powerhead completely and put the end in the sand?? (I don't want to shock the fish, if its even possible but thats how it looks in the picture on my box)
3. Buy a wavemaker???? I don't even know where to start looking.
4. Other options
So this is where I'm stuck...just don't know which route is best/financially smart.
As usual, TIA.