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Power head/wavemaker for 450l tank.

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Hi everyone,

My new Vision 450 arrived yesterday and other than 450 litres of RO water the only things I have left to buy is power heads or wave makers for my flow. I wondered if anyone could tell me what size I need for adequate current for fish and corals? Should I have more than one, maybe on each side?

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Yes id go for one on each side. They reccomendation is the turnover per hour should be 20 times the tank volume per hour.This is the starting point,dependant on the sort of corals and thier density. I am assumeing you are running Berlin ?
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Thanks Carol! I'll have loads of live rock, live sand and protein skimmer. So when I'm looking at doing one at each side do half the flowrate of the power heads or do I buy two at the rate for my tank?

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Well if you get ones on a controller where you can ramp them up and down ,then you will have some scope if you need to increase it . Get what you need capacity wise,and then add another if you need more. Or get bigger ones you can turn up and down.

Um i think you need to times 450 by 20 doh.....um then that gives you the total turnover 9000 divide by 2 if you have 2powerheads...thats 4500 for each powerhead.

Correct me some ine if ive worked that out wrong . Me and numbers are not good friends.
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well as an idea, i have a 4 foot with a RW-8 at full wack ( in else mode ) Which is 8,000lph as well as two 2,600lph powerheads on constant flow AND the internal juwel powerhead. so total of 14,200lph :D

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One thing that might be worth mentioning . I bought Jaebo after the Tunze streams died. Had wp40's then bought one bigger one 20000lph . Then I bought an aqua medic eco drift rated the same. This is at least a third more powerful than the Jaebo rated the same :scared:

Yep plenty of surface agitation and flow(sayes e woman with a tank full of cyano lol)
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Thanks very much for the advice!

I think I've got an idea of what I'll need now. I just wish my budget would stretch to those Vortech ones with the cables outside the tank!

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Reply #7

£120 will get you a set of Jecod RW-15, paired controllers, one at either end will sync the flow to each other, will be looking at 30,000lph at max ( Rated ) £200 will get you a pair of RW-20's at 20,000LPH each. Cheap pumps are out there that are just as good as the more expensive ones.

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Ive put aside Vortech as so many people report that they vibrate a lot making them noisey.


Ive had over the years just about everything bar a Vortech and those bar things. Most of these pumps are made in China but to different specifications. The aqua medic pump is a ringer for the Jeabo but its far far more powerful tho rated at the same.


The controllers arnt so flexible on the cheaper pumps,I do prefer the Tunze 7095 controller .
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Hi Chris , Your new Tank looks good , I use the 3rd generation koralia 7000 , it comes as a pack of two heads and controller from MHA up at Simpsons , think they do a 9000 too . I've not had anything else to compare them to tho , but seem to give a good flow and movement of water in the tank . The only downside I've noticed is the small 'click' as one stops and the other starts .

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Hi Gav, when I found Tunze just too espensive to keep replaceing I turned to Korallia, I had similar issues. I also found that they didnt last long,I was constantly dragging them out as they had stuck solid on the impellor. I except all pumps do this in a harsh saltwater enviroment ,but these seized solid within the warranty time and tho I had quite an involved dialogue with the rep for my area I only ever got 2 of the 4 replaced.

This is not to say that they cant have addressed things, but having such a bad experience I dont want to go there again. They had the Korallia stop start wave box controller but just didnt enjoy stopping and starting.
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Hi Carol , I think these ones are the latest model or close to ? , Hopefully they've addressed the issues  that have been had with previous ones , only time will tell I suppose . I think the controller could be a bit better for the money tho with slightly more options and I'm not keen on the two sockets dangling from the bottom of it either that the two heads plug into . Makes it a bit of a pain to keep the cables tidy .

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Ah yes that sounds like the one I have. I think it was in the region of about 50quid, I wasnt impressed with it. Its just left right with no up down or other varients. Ive still got the pumps those that worked when I took them out,and those replaced in the graveyard of halide and LED lights spare pumps, and the accumulated crap of too many years wasteing money by trying to save it :evil:
Electronic componants are cheap these days, why on earth does Tunze charge the price it does when it drivers psu's  etc  are so poor. Ive had a wavebox which I loved go back about 4 times, pumps do about a year. Warranty is 2 years or was but I had to post mine back to Worthing . I loved them to death , but as I am not married to a millionaire no way can I justify going down that road again.
Ive got a big tank so I do have to look for pretty big pumps and the choice is limited.
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