So I'm about to place a MarineDepot order and want to make sure I'm getting the last of what I need. I have an Eheim 2213 to go with this tank and will probably be doing a custom spray bar running most of the length of the tank. Will I also need a powerhead with this setup to help with circulation? Just want to cover my bases before I order tonight. Thanks in advance!
You'll be more than okay, I think. I have a 2232 and it's less powerful than the 2213 and I have no issues with flow at all. If anything, I've got too much after months and months of junk to clog the filter up.
Nah you don't want a power head in there wasting the space in an already small (albeit long) tank. I say a custom spray bar is great or even ADA's power pipes... those things spray very fast and I'd be surprised if it didn't help circulate it all the way length wise.
I've been thinking about a 12 long and I would use that personally. It's only in metal and not glass though but they have matching intakes as well
BGA merely prefers to grow in areas with low flow but it can and does form in higher flow areas. It's typically caused by too much light and high nitrate and phosphate.
That said - I'm using a 2213 and 2232 on 12gal tanks with tons of plants blocking flow and everything is perfect. If anything, there's too much movement. That's with a custom spraybar created specifically for this tank and for good back-to-front flow.
Since the OP said they "will probably be doing a custom spray bar running most of the length of the tank", that's why I confirmed that the 2213 and 2232 are perfect for that job. It's not an argument or an opinion - it's directly from personal experience.
Thanks for all the input folks! It will be planted but not heavily planted by any stretch. NOTHING like OVT's tank (which is lovely BTW). Its not a big deal to me to run the spray bar and pick up a powerhead as well. I'd just rather have it on hand when I go to install everything More input is always welcome