Recommended flow for LPS and Softies

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  1. devesh.r

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    Hey guys seem to be having a flow problem in my tank, its to little flow or there is to much flow just can get it right. Currently have a sun sun 2500l/ph and a siro1000, think its 3800l/ph. My return is 1000l/ph. Tank is a STD 4ft. Thanks in advance guys.
     
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    Post a pic so we can see what corals u talking about. Zoas? Hammers?
     
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    In general medium flow as too not damage the polyps on your lps corals and for soft corals medium to low flow to get better polyp extention
     
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    Careful to generalise, there are somd softies which need a lot of flow and there are some lps that require loads too.
     
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    i agree with irie, take a moment to research your corals at liveaquaria.com and place them accordingly
     
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    What type of pumps are these. Stream pumps or flow pumps?

    Depending on the pump type they may be offering varied types of flow (Dispersed slow moving flow or high speed directed flow).
     
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    A pic of the tank.

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    soft and lps coral would need low-med flow (20-40x turn over). Your tank +- 240L, So current pumps doing +-29x turn over. To be safe add another Seio so you don't have detritus trapped below LR and on substrate.
    Then read up on each coral placement to give an idea on were they should be placed. Hope it helps
     
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    From the pics it looks like you have generally all LPS that prefer a medium - low flow...the Euphyllia, Bubble and Candy cane are very closed up...this would indicate to me too much direct flow onto them...I dont think the amount of flow in the tank is too much, but you can position your pumps so they pounce off the glass or rockwork or even at the water surface instead of directly at the corals...this will allow for still decent flow in the tank but the corals will not be in the direct line of flow and be able to expand healthily...best is just to fiddle with positioning until you find what seems to make them happiest. The other option is to rescape the tank so your scaping less flat and uniform and create some alcoves and spaces where the more sensitive to flow corals and get a buffer.
     
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