Setting up your flow pumps so that your sand is not blown all over

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  1. Marine007

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    This may be a really stoopid question, but I'm desperate enough to ask it.

    I'm busy setting a 200L marine tank with a 100+ liter sump.

    In my Boyus I had a lot of live rock (compared to the total volume) and that "saved" my sand from being blown away.

    In my 200L I want to use less live rock and I have larger areas of "exposed sand".
    I use fine sand (CaribSea arogonite) and it seems no matter how I aim my wave makers the sand gets blown around.

    Do I just let it blow the sand around and see how it settles? Is there a trick I'm missing?

    I want to get good flow everywhere - but what is the trade off between good flow and proper sand coverage?

    Any advice will be much appreciated.
     
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  3. Clownfish9906

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    hey @Marine007...

    I have a corner tank and also had some issues...nevertheless wth 3 flowpumps and 12000lph, I resorted to having the flow fight each other a bit and also some flow aimed at the surface...

    Hope you come right...
     
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  4. Wes

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    i've seen a number of people do is setup their displays and flow, then add the live rock, thus where you have the flow disturbing the sand you drop a rock.
     
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    I have the same substrate and have quite a strong flow in my tank, and the sand did blow a little on the first day but settled down quite quickly. It shouldnt be a problem, unless your pump is pointing downward.
    You can try putting the pump a bit lower and pointing it more upward.
     
  6. Marine007

    Marine007 Thread Starter

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    Thanks guys - my new Tunze pumps arrived via courier today. As soon as I get the kids to bed I'm going to set them up and follow your advice!
     
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    Love these Tunze controllable pumps - set them up at minimum speed and they did blow up a little dust, but nothing serious.

    I set the 2 pumps to counteract each other a bit as suggested by ClownFish9906 and it works quite well.
     
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    That cool wheres the pics.;)
     
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    pictures or it never happened!
     
  10. Marine007

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    Completely forgot to take some. But will do so tonight or tomorrow morning. :oops:

    Spending too much time at the office - I think I should set up a webcam on my tanks so that I get to enjoy it more hours in a day!
     
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    i think this is a constant battle for all of us as we are always changing things in our tank ,add some pics so we can have a look
     
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