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Nano wavemaker?

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Could anyone give me some suggestions on a nano wavemaker?

I’m getting the fluval Evo sea 52L and I’d really like to add some additional flow (but not so much that it’ll batter the corals) however I also want it to be absolutely as small as possible as it’s a small tank already and I’m actually hoping to mount it low, hidden behind some live rock, facing upward to keep a clean look. I’ll keep the main output for agitating the water surface.

So far the smallest ones I’ve seen are the Hydor Koralia 900 nano and the sicce voyager nano but both have varied reviews.

Any experience with these or just suggestions for me? Never used one of these before

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Reply #1

Jebao SW-4 would be my suggestion.

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Reply #2

or the SW-2, both are 4cm x 7cm :)

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Reply #3

Jebao SW-4 would be my suggestion.

D'oh! I meant to write SOW-4, damn autocorrect.  The SW are good too, but the SOW are the new ones and meant to be a good improvement (you can angle them in any direction for example).
This is the one...
https://www.h2oaquatics.co.uk/water-flow/powerheads/jecod-sow-4-wavemaker
Last Edit: Feb 4, 2019 10:43:13 am by ajm83

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Reply #4

Thanks for these!
I had found the sw2 and was considering it actually :)

I didn’t know about the new so4 though thank you Andy! My only concern is it may be a bit out of my price range for now compared to the others but I might hold off and save for it

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Reply #5

Thanks for these!
I had found the sw2 and was considering it actually :)

I didn’t know about the new so4 though thank you Andy! My only concern is it may be a bit out of my price range for now compared to the others but I might hold off and save for it

The SW series are still pretty good wave makers, I've had one for about 18 months.  They're quiet and reasonably reliable as long as you keep on top of maintenance*.


* once every two to three months,  remove from the tank, disassemble (very easy, they twist apart), scrub all the bits with a toothbrush to get algae off and leave in 50/50 white vinegar/RO water over night.  Rinse in the morning then back in the tank. 👍

The downside is there is no easy way of getting spares that I've found, so don't drop any bits down the sink!!

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Reply #6

Oh no! I’m very clumsy so it’s a possibility ;)

The sw2 is sounding like a very good option currently and I can pick it up for about £30 online.

One question - I’ve seen others have to be mounted by the top of the tank. Because I’d like to mount mine quite low to hide it behind the live rock, is this possible with the sw2? I’ve heard that some get louder if you do that and some just don’t have  the appropriate fixtures to be moved that low?
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Reply #7

£30 is a good price. You can mount it where you like, it uses a magnet to stick to the glass.  The only thing is the wire stops you being able to rotate it very far upwards (assuming you have the wire coming out of the top). 

I'll try and remember to take a picture of my SW4 when I get home to show you what I mean by that!!
Last Edit: Feb 4, 2019 5:14:04 pm by ajm83

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Reply #8

Thanks Andy that would be so helpful!

Ok great so in theory I could mount the wavemaker low and aim it straight ahead at the rock, even if I can’t angle it as upward as I’d like, then leave the regular pump output to agitate the surface. Would defeat the object of a “wave maker” i guess but a possibility none the less

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Reply #9

Here you go (ignore the snail!)

see how the wire comes out of the top?
 You can't rotate it upwards any more than this because the wire hits the magnet

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Thank you that makes sense! Would just have to be careful how low I put it I suppose.

Your snail is sporting a lovely coralline coat there! None of my LFS have any live rock with coralline on at all which is a shame as I was hoping to seed my tank with some.

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Thank you that makes sense! Would just have to be careful how low I put it I suppose.

Your snail is sporting a lovely coralline coat there! None of my LFS have any live rock with coralline on at all which is a shame as I was hoping to seed my tank with some.

Don't worry, you'll get some from a frag plug at some point, then you won't be able to get rid of it!  lol

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Fingers crossed!

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