How impotant is it to use a wave controller?

Discussion in 'Pumps and Waterflow' started by Slagter, 10 Feb 2010.

  1. Slagter

    Slagter MASA Contributor

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    Hey guys...

    While I'm researching all this reef stuff, I thought it pertinent to ask. How important is it to use a controller for your pumps? While I understand that using one would create a more random flow, is it really vital to the health of a reef aquarium? Let's put it this way, without one, would the conditions in the reef tank deteriorate over time? I know people don't always use them in their setups, but the more advanced setups have them almost 100% of the time.

    I guess it is best to try and replicate nature as best you possibly can, but do these things help in that regard?

    Thanks in advance...

    Sean
     
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    Bob the (reef)builder

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    No you do not need a pump controller at all.

    Put in good strong pumps aiming at each other or at the glass and you get nice chaotic flow. Pumps turning off and on are unnecessary, but nice.:)
     
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    Slagter Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    That's what I thought... But it would be nice to add a night mode with a bit less flow wouldn't it?
     
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    I agree with Bob, it is a nice 'toy' to have, but not one of the 'required/necessary' items to have in a tank.

    I have 4 pumps in my tank and I have 2 of them timed to switch off at night after the lights go out, after the lights come on in the morning the pumps switch back on. Cost me a whole R25 for my highly sophisticated night mode simulating controller ;)
     
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    Slagter Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    Ah... Great, that's an idea that will work nicely... Thanks for that Viper! I appreciate it. I seriously can't wait to start setting up this tank now!!
     
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