Water Circulation - 72 Gallon Bow
First post - long time lurker...
Back in March of this year I converted my fish only tank into a planted tank expecting to just dabble with a few plants here and there. Then I started tinkering, added lighting, tried DIY CO2, adding plants that need more CO2, having algae issues, you know the drill... I finally realized that I need to move towards a pressurized CO2 and am expecting to do that in the next month.
Before I do this, I need to get my water flow figured out. I don't want to go overkill but I don't want to have a lack of flow.
WHAT I HAVE NOW
Right now, I am running 2 600 GPH circulating pumps on each side of the tank, angled down and towards the substrate.
I have the intake for my canister filter (Fluval 406) towards the middle of the tank on the right side and the outflow is in the middle on the left side. In addition to this, I am running a HOB filter (Emperor 500) which is on the left side. This filter is mainly for the biowheels and mechanical filtration and I also tucked some peat in there.
I also have a heater I am using in the tank. My pic has a shot of the current setup.
ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT I AM ADDING
When I move towards pressured CO2, I will be using a CO2 reactor (Istamax) ran by a separate water pump (Marineland Maxi-Jet 1200) I plan to put in the left back corner of the tank. This puts out 295GPH as a powerhead I believe.
WHAT SHOULD I DO?
All of these pumps makes me think that I will have WAY too much circulation in there. My plants are swaying all over as it is. Is what I have setup now even too much?
Do I even need the aquatop circulating pumps? If I need all this flow, how should it be positioned?
I appreciate all suggestions, thanks!