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new 135g tank what powerheads??? newb
Old 12-13-2008, 12:03 PM   #1
 
new 135g tank what powerheads??? newb

Just startin out in the hobbie... recently purchased a 135g tank. i am using sump filtration and a protein skimmer... will be starting as a fish only tank with live rock and line sand. Was curious about powerheads and how many would be needed for proper movement in this size tank. My skimmer pump is 850gph and my return pump is 1150gph... seen these on ebay any thoughts?
2 1300GPH WAVE MAKER CORAL FISH PUMP AQUARIUM POWERHEAD - eBay (item 270317200989 end time Jan-11-09 20:12:01 PST)
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Old 12-13-2008, 03:42 PM   #2
 
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you really don't want to have your return pump to create flow for the tank. It'll push too much water over and will cause a flood that'll be more detrimental than with a lower gph.

Your main concern with flow is deadzones. The more deadzones that you have the more you'll have detritus settling. The general rule of thumb is 10x gallons and 20+x gallons per hour if you have SPS.
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Old 12-13-2008, 03:57 PM   #3
 
"sps"???
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Old 12-13-2008, 10:10 PM   #4
 
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sps are a type of coral
you said it is going to be fish only so you dont need to worry about that just yet.

i would just shoot for as little to no dead spots, some surface agitation and avoid a sand storm.

as hard as it is to believe, fish can take a pretty high flow rate.
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Old 12-13-2008, 10:17 PM   #5
 
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also you might want to get some things that eat detritus like urchins, starfish, sea cucumbers and what not.
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Old 12-14-2008, 03:11 PM   #6
 
i just purchased two Koralia 4's... i guess i will see how that does and add as needed. thanks for the feedback...
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Old 12-14-2008, 10:26 PM   #7
 
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good choice.
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