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post #1 of 13 Old 04-02-2013, 01:22 AM Thread Starter
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So, I am new to the bobby and recently got a 29 Gallon tank. I bought a Sunsun JVP-101 (800 GPH) power-head. Is that too much flow for that size tank? When its on I see the surface of the aragonite sand move a little. I also don't think the filter that came with it is strong enough, any suggestions on a filter I can replace it with?
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post #2 of 13 Old 04-02-2013, 07:47 AM
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Any particular reason that you even need a powerhead? Is this a marine tank? Most freshwater systems don't need one... let alone an 800GPH unit.

What is the filter than came with it?

What fish are you planning on keeping?

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post #3 of 13 Old 04-02-2013, 07:51 AM
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I think the powerhead is much too strong. I know for what I would use a powerhead for in a tank that size, I would use something rated at about 200 GPH.

I'm sure someone will be by to give you an "appropriate" filtration recommendation.

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post #4 of 13 Old 04-02-2013, 08:03 AM
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Welcome to the forum as well

Without knowing more details about the tank and what is in it / planned on being in it, we cannot really offer suggestions.

What do you plan on keeping in the tank?

What filter do you have now?

Is this freshwater / Marine (Saltwater)?

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post #5 of 13 Old 04-02-2013, 11:01 AM Thread Starter
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Hi All,

Thanks for the responses! The reason for the wave-maker is because I have 4 Mbuna's in the tank (I plan to upgrade to a 55 or bigger by end of year) and I wanted to create some water movement for them. As far as the filter goes, it's a Aqueon filter that came in the box.

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post #6 of 13 Old 04-02-2013, 01:43 PM
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I have a 75g cichlid tank with a Maxijet 1200 running in circulation mode.

The fish like to "current surf" ie they will intentionally go into the current and get blown across the tank, then swim back against the current.

I would say that it should be ok having it in the tank, although keep an eye on too much sand being blown around. Sand and filters dont match very well, sand can kill a filter quickly.

Something to consider as well, if you have the money for a bigger tank, look at a 75g, same footprint (length) as a 55g only 6" wider. This will give you more choices in your tank. In a 55g 12-15 fish maximum, in a 75g 20 fish or more depending on the species.

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post #7 of 13 Old 04-02-2013, 02:24 PM
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The extra 6 inches in width provides a 50% larger footprint. Spend the extra money on the wider tank - worst thing is to get a smaller tank and wish you had gotten the bigger one.

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I have a 75g cichlid tank with a Maxijet 1200 running in circulation mode.

The fish like to "current surf" ie they will intentionally go into the current and get blown across the tank, then swim back against the current.

I would say that it should be ok having it in the tank, although keep an eye on too much sand being blown around. Sand and filters dont match very well, sand can kill a filter quickly.

Something to consider as well, if you have the money for a bigger tank, look at a 75g, same footprint (length) as a 55g only 6" wider. This will give you more choices in your tank. In a 55g 12-15 fish maximum, in a 75g 20 fish or more depending on the species.
Thanks Tazman! I'll try it for a few hours to see how the fish responds to it. I'm hoping they respond the same as yours do. My main concern is the sand movement on the bottom of the aquarium, Is there a specific spot I should place the powerhead so that the sand won't move around? It's not making sand storms or anything, just certain spots there is some surface movement.

Thanks again!
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post #9 of 13 Old 04-02-2013, 06:34 PM
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You really need to get us some pictures...

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You really need to get us some pictures...

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