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post #1 of 6 Old 02-01-2012, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
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Too much powerhead

I found a couple of Maxi-jet powerheads at a yard sale, complete with most parts, hardly used, cheap. I plopped them on riser tuber in my 55gal (no fish yet) and plugged them in. I thought the tank would start spinning the water was moving so much. This'll be way too much. So, without going out and buying some smaller power heads, should I

1) use just the old Whisper 3 HOB that I have had stored away (assuming I can find some parts for it, and is it even big enough for a 55gal?) or...

2) Use the Rena Air 400 that is now on my 30 High and run an undergravel system, then get a smaller pump for the 30gal?

Thanks for the help.
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post #2 of 6 Old 02-01-2012, 09:18 PM
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Depends on what fish you want to stock as to what flow you will need...

10g Fry / Hospital / QT tank (as needed)

75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.

220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)
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post #3 of 6 Old 02-02-2012, 06:59 AM
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i will agree with that. it would be sweet for a fast flowing river tank :D someone here had a (i think) loach tank like that, it was craaazzzy.

FWIW, a quick google search will turn up parts for your whisper 3. Fosters and smith I think carry impellers for them, and every LFS and chain store carry the pads. I still have 3 different sized ones in operation.

the 3 would be more filter than you need if you made a planted tank, or a non planted tank with a low bioload.

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post #4 of 6 Old 02-02-2012, 07:51 AM Thread Starter
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thanks for the replies... didnt know the whisper 3 would do that much tank. I think i will have a pretty high load if i move my large goldfish from outdoor pond that has leak in circulation pipe.
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post #5 of 6 Old 02-02-2012, 09:13 AM
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the model 3 filter according to the drs foster and smith website is rated for 330gph, and 60 gallons. Does it use 1 pad or 2?

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post #6 of 6 Old 02-02-2012, 09:41 AM Thread Starter
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It uses two. It is difficult to find everything I need in one place (I have moved a couple of times since I used it last and need several components. Foster and Smith is my fav place though.
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