how to set up the best flow

Discussion in 'Pumps and Waterflow' started by Dee318i, 25 Jan 2012.

  1. Dee318i

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    Hi Guys how can i set up the best flow rate in my tank, more like where should i place the power heads in order for the water to flow everywhere in the tank
     
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    show us a pic of your tank and what flow pumps do you have?
     
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    Seems that i cannot upload photos, my camera takes very high res pics, i can describe the tank to you tho, Its 1800 x 600 x 600 the two power heads are by sunsun and they are both 12000L/h
     
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    Just resize the pics in Paint. Function is called stretch/skew IIRC.
     
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    Did someone say Flow?

    First of all, those "powerheads" are insufficient for that size tank, as you will have detritus settling in the tank.
    Yes, to a large degree flow depends on what you intend to keep, but regardless of your inteded tankmates, it should be sufficient to keep particulate matter suspended in the wayer column, which in turn facilitates all the nasties getting to your sump / skimmer / filter.

    If two Vortech MP 40's or two tunze 6105 on a multicontroller dont fit your budget (as is the case for most of us) I would invest in at least four more of those. two on each of the 600mm sides, one towards top and one midway down, but not parralel with one another all facing towards centre of tank. Then two on the long back pane of tank (hidden behind rocks) facing the front, but angled towards the sides. Actually, would require another one to blow dead centre, but you'll get away with one of the smaller models for that. This will be your cheapest option and should give you a good start.
     
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    This is a pic of my tank with the power heads inside
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    Thanks irie Ivan , but do i set up like a random flow of water or should it be set up to be in a circular motion around the entire tank?!?
     
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    i think you will need more powerheads
     
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    Really?!?......So four more as Irie Ivan suggested?!?
     
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    yeah.
     
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    Now that I have seen the tank and have an idea of your scaping, I would recommend the following placement for sunsun pumps, although I would recommend the single pumps to be boyu WM1's on a cycling timer, but they are more expensive than the sun suns.

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    Thanks irie Ivan this was really helpful, I will definately take your advice
     
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    SunSun pumps are rubbish. Noisy. On a timer, sometimes they start running and sometimes not. Stray voltage will come sooner or later, up to full voltage 230V). I speak out of experience.
     
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    I know that they are not the best pumps, but they are all that I can afford at the moment, when I have some more money to spare, I will definitely invest in better pumps.
     
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    Rather buy two better ones , than four SunSun's. Add later another two pumps.
    Otherwise you will end up buying replacement pumps for broken SunSun's.
     
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    We use the sun suns in our shop tanks , if left on, and not on timers , they work just fine , not noisy ect , but they defiantly don't like being switched off and on and will also run in reverse when turned on and off regular.

    But if your just wanting to push strong constant flow - they are great value for money.
     
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    Would not put a sunsun on a timer. As luckyfish said, they are really poor quality. Strange that no one disputes that, yet they sell like hotcakes! Mine lasted 2 weeks on a timer and the noise! My boyu wm1 has been pumping on and off on a timer for 4-5 years. the bouyus retail for just under R300 a piece. Not strong but effective with the right placement.
    If you come by some cash unexpectedly, 2 tunzes and 2 vortechs will be the bomb!
     
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    Oh okay, im leaving mine on all the time, they are not on a timer as i dont think they were designed to run like that, but yes in the future after I have saved up some cash i will definitely buy two tunzes or vortechs but for now i just need regular flow and appropriate flow thats all
     
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