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What are you using for powerheads ?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by tankguy, Feb 17, 2018.

  1. muhli

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    Went from MP10 to Jebao (failed on me around the 1 year mark), replaced with 2 hydor koralias (cheaper alternative and able to get multiple flows from different directions )
     
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    2 WAVs. They’ve been running a little over a year now. They are quiet, powerful, and so far reliable. I really like how easy they were to program, and that they swivel so you can direct their flow.
     
  4. kinetic

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    Maxspect Gyre XF-130 with advanced controller.

    I used to have Vortechs, but the Gyre is pretty nice and quiet.
     
  5. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

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    You didn’t have the quiet drives did you?
     
  6. ashburn2k

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    How much did vortech pay you?


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  7. xcaret

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    What ever happened to closed loop? Is anyone using it these days?
    I have a couple Oceans Motions, 4-way and an 8-way, just never got to set a big tank.
    Tunze I liked a lot and still have them stored; MP's well, can't be directed but still nice.
     
  8. kinetic

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    I guess not. This was back in 2010 or something. They weren't all that loud, but you could hear them pulse.
     
  9. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

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    The new ones are MUCH quieter in my opinion.
     
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  10. Coral reefer

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    It’s just obvious in my opinion if someone mentions noise with vortechs that they don’t/didn’t have the quiet drive. It really surprised me how much difference they make.
     
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    Probably true. I'm a bit out of the loop on vortechs and the advancements of late.
     
  12. rygh

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    No, I think people really balk at the power consumption and pump size.
    I have maybe 12,000 GPH in my tank from power heads.
    Think about the pump needed for that.
     
  13. roostertech

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    2x WAV. They are a bit of a pain to clean. But the ability to direct the flow is nice.
     
  14. JVU

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    The maxspect gyres are a bit of a pain to clean also, at least compared to the vortechs I was using before. Have to unplug with associated cable management issues, take apart in multiple steps, then when reassembling you have to put it together perfectly, including not only the orientation of the propellers and cages, but also less obvious this little soft plastic flange in the end cap that likes to not seat correctly.

    AND you need to keep them clean because the amount of water they push dramatically drops off as they get dirty, even when they still look and sound clean.


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  15. Wlachnit

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    That has been my experience as well. I like the form factor and how they move water but that’s about it. Mine are also noisy esp compared to my MP40s and MP60.
     
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    Aqamai KPS
     
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    i have a 75g and the LFS convinced me i needed twin MP-40's. Bought one and it disturbs my sand. Tried moving it around and it's just too powerful. I have to turn it to about 40%.
     
  18. Jeff Rehling

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    what model and where did you get them?
     
  19. sfsuphysics

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    Nothing wrong with turning it to 40%, the MP40 is no slouch when it comes to pushing water in fact with a tank your size I'm surprised you have up that high. Think of it like the Radion lights people have, many do not run them at maximum power, they run them at a level to suit their tank's needs.

    FYI, the problem with sand in your tank is that flow can easily disturb it, so often you have to make a choice. Do you want strong flow, or do you want sand in a uniform level across the tank because you can't get both.
     
  20. Jeff Rehling

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    i guess i want the proper flow for the animals in my DT
     

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