Positioning power heads

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  1. magman

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    I have changed my substrate now to reggies play sand. I put the old coral chips in netting and placed the nets on the play sand to help seed.

    Any suggestions though on setting the power heads, so that it does not blow the substrate into one corner?

    I did have play sand in my old tank and purposely went to coral chips because of the play sand being blown all around.

    I presume the power heads would all have to point upwards?
     
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  3. JD167

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    Magman, what powerheads do you have? And how many?
     
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    2x 3000l/h and 1 x 5000l/h, water wolume is +/-500l's. is only 22x flow, but I seem to be struggling with it.
     
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    What shape tank is it?
     
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    If I remember correctly you have a overflow box in the left corner, so I would so this.

    Top view.
    [​IMG]

    Point them slightly upward.
     
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    Howzit Seun? Never let the pumps point directly at corals or substrate. Rather have them blowing at each other or facing a glass pane, therefore bouncing off and dispersing.
     
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    You guys should of been brain surgeons, JD, thanks for the pic, I currently have only one on the right, and the other in the centre at the back. Will go like you had though, and put the 5000l/h on the left by itself.
     
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    Agreed with Mek Pumps facing the glass go along way
     
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    Agreed. My suggestion above is a top down view. Never point your pumps directly at corals or down to the substrate.
     
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    should the heads be positioned as low as possible facing upwards, in the middle (top to bottom) facing slighly up or just under the water level, level. I have the same problem with the sand getting blown into the corners.

    I have 4 x 12000lph in my 900l DT
     
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    That configuration should be fine although on a wavemaker it will be all the better. I would even go as far as to add another one on the side where there is only one pump
     
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