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Old 12-13-2014, 07:51 AM   #1
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Filterless 50 gallon, which wavemaker?


Im going to try going filterless in my up and coming 50 gallon
What kind of flow rate should i aim for when looking at a wavemaker? i was thinking a Tunze 6015 at 1800 lph, would this generate enough flow in a well planted tank?
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Im going to try going filterless in my up and coming 50 gallon
What kind of flow rate should i aim for when looking at a wavemaker? i was thinking a Tunze 6015 at 1800 lph, would this generate enough flow in a well planted tank?
Hello Rem...

I have a filterless 55 gallon tank and use a couple of air stones attached to air pumps for surface movement. It's considerably less expensive and if you get a larger air pump, it will provide plenty of waves. You don't want too much surface agitation, though. A lot of movement at the surface will drive off CO2 the plants need.

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I have a filterless 55 gallon tank and use a couple of air stones attached to air pumps for surface movement. It's considerably less expensive and if you get a larger air pump, it will provide plenty of waves. You don't want too much surface agitation, though. A lot of movement at the surface will drive off CO2 the plants need.

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Thanks for your reply, i wasn't specifically referring to surface agitation, i just read that wavemakers seem to be more effective(and lower power consumption) than powerheads at creating flow throughout the tank.
All im after is flow and am wondering how much will be adequate for a 36x18x18, without going overboard
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Id say 2 of the Koralia nano 240s one on each side of the tank.
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I would aim for roughly 10 times the tank volume per hour, knowing that the manufacturers usually over state the performance of their products.
You might actually be getting 7-8x, and that is just fine.

The question of one or two is a good one.
If the tank is densely planted one power head (no matter what style) may not give you reasonable circulation all over. If you use 2, set them up to compliment each other, to enhance the water movement, not fight each other.

No matter how many you end up with it seems there is always one more dead spot. Use that to accumulate debris so when you vacuum you do not have to destroy things, a lot of the junk is in one area.
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