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Detritus pile-up problem in planted 65g

I am having a huge problem with detritus piling up on the bottom of my 65g breeder. The tank is set up so both sides are visible, with the in/out of the Fluval 304 on the side of the tank. All the detritus piles up on the same side of the tank. The filter seems to do a great job on this tank, but it just doesn't have good flow in most areas.

My initial thoughts were to add a closed loop and point a couple outlets right at the trouble spots. This has worked wonders on my nano reef, so I figured it would do a good job here as well. My other thoughs are to add a high flow stream type pump like a Seio Superflow. The superflow would be nice as I can just drop it in there without having to build any plumbing. Anyone see any potential problems with drastically increasing the flow in the tank? Any other ideas?
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More flow will be good. Do you run CO2? It will distribute it around the tank as well as ferts and what not. One of the most overlooked parameter to a planted tank IMO


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No CO2 yet, though I am considering one of the Red Sea setups in the future. I would like to take care of this problem first. So I am looking at the 620 GPH Seio, or the 1100 gph Seio, both Superflows. Anybody using these?

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Well I ordered up a Seio Superflow 620 and it completely fixed the problem. This pump is about exactly the same as a Tunze, but costs about 1/4 the price. I mounted it up high in the tank and have the flow aimed down. Immediately my fish started swimming in the current. It has a very strong current and keeps things suspended in the water column where the filter can keep things clean. I couldn't be happier.

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Good to hear, glad it worked out for you


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