flow in tank

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    What size pump will make a good flow in a tank of 1200x450x450:confused1:
     
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    For what type of corals LPS, softies or SPS?
     
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    Not for corals as yet just to get some flow in tank to see if it will help for cyano
     
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    It won't help because cyano is a bacteria. You can use ANTIRED but with EXTREME care but it works very good. Use 10ml per 40 litres of aquarium water. Mix into 2 litre bottle and hang the bottle upside down and drip slowly into your tank untill the bottle is half. Wait +- 6 hours then drip the rest into the aquarium. Repeat after 3 days if required. As for the flow pumps you can use 2 x seio prop 1000 one on each side in your tank, this will giveyou good flow.
     
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    You can also use STABILITY or PRODIBO bacteria to increase you natural bacteria in your system. Cyano starts when your bacteria is too weak to run your bio load and then wants to take over the bacterial system. Hope this helps!!!
     
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    I will be extremely careful using any product that will kill the biggest organism in your tank. Well, if you add all the bacteria together.

    Flow in your display should be anything from 20 times your display volume per hour for softies and LPS up to 40 times or even 60 times for SPS systems. That is why SPS systems are sometimes bare bottom.

    And the placing of the pumps are also important.
     
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    Someone mentioned flow?
    In fact flow helps a great deal for cyano, but you will need loads of it, and then some more!
    I would recommend 2 x vortech mp 40 pumps.

    However, using flow to combat cyano is only fooling yourself. Focus on finding the root of the problem instead of trying to hide the symptoms.
     
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    What would two Vortex MP40 's cost roughly???...
     
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    I agree that flow is important and is definatley needed but you need to suit it to your inhabatants needs. For a fish only or sps system you could go mad with flow but when you start keeping lps, incorrectly placed flow (as in if it is directed to closley or onto them) will hamper the expansion of such corals possibly damaging them if it is constant.

    in such cases you may need to switch off or lower flow levels periodically to allow a rest period..

    im still trying to find a adequate flow pattern for my 5ft.. i have been batteling for a while but i am running 3 tunzes in there now and i seem to have sorted out the dead spots...

    cyano also tends to creep in with higher temperatures which we experience now during summer.. so i attribute the lower oxygen levels being part of the problem aswell..
     
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