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Powerhead for circulation

I am looking to get some more circulation in my tank, and I am wondering if anyone might have some suggestions as to which powerhead i should buy. The tank is a 40breeder for reference. Thanks everyone

Oh and the reason I want some more circulation is to better diffuse/spread the co2 in the water.
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not to hi-jack but I'm in the same boat as love flying, just that my tank is a 75

loveflying, are you planing on running your CO2 through the powerhead or is the powerhead just a separate thing from the CO2 injection system?

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There are many who love the Maxi-jet powerheads but not me. I found them to be more noise than I wanted and changed to a small Koralia 425 for my powerhead needs. I find they are a bit more expensive when looking at GPH per dollar but I will pay it for the quiet.
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Love my koralia 425. Small and silent. And the water flow isn't just a jet. It is a nice fluttery flow.

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Another vote for the Koralia 425. I have one in my 75g and it works great. Nice flow without a current.

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Yet another vote for the Koralia 425 - I have two in a 125g tank in opposite corners. I get a thorough yet gentle circular flow throughout the tank, and they are totally silent. There is a smaller Koralia if you think a 425 may be too much. I also have a 40B tank, and it's less than 40" long vs. the 72" of the 125.

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I use the Marineland Penguin powerhaeds just because they are fully adjustable/mountable and have a venturi built in that you can shoot Co2 through if you have a splitter manifold.

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thanks for all the responses guys! I think I will try going with the Korilia
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Koralia products move more water for less watts than most other powerheads.
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For a bit more info on my choice, I should add that I am tight as a tick on spending money on equipment. I have to see a definite advantage before I go for the higher cost item.
In the case of powerheads, I went through several big box store brand cheap ones before deciding to "invest" in four Maxi-jets (1 400, 2 1200s). After trying them for a while, I had trouble with them all using the impeller. The design to stop it and make it turn the correct way was not good and it got so stopping them for water changes or cleaning was a job to get them to start in the correct direction. I switched to using them as circulation pumps but then they were really noisy as I could never find a way to mount them that did not vibrate through the tank. My best shot was mounting it to a DIY concrete mount to set on the sand at the bottom without touching anything else. That worked to quiet it but was not a fun time when it came time to clean the impeller.

Overall getting the Koralia has convinced me that I should consider paying more for some things. The flow is plenty in my 125 for what I want there and the magnet on suction cup is the first mount which really seems to work and hold it where I put it. The Maxi has a three suction cup mount but it always found a way to tip so the water started blowing the sand around.
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