Water Flow Advice

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  1. Jusman18

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    Hey guys,

    I have a boyu 550 TL and was wondering how much water flow I require.
    I bought the tank second hand, it has two internal pumps, which I have in the last chamber of the sump, the one is a Boyu standard 720 Litre/Hour pump, and I am not sure what the second one is.

    I also have two SEIO 320 props in the display tank which are both rated at 1200 Litre/Hour.

    Is this sufficient, too much, or too little.

    Any advice be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Justin
     
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    Its not a rule , but i heard it could be 8 - 30 times the tanks volume per hour.

    Ive run tanks on about 15 x its water volume per hour and it looked right.
     
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    Thank you for the repsonse Old P.E Boy,

    Do the props assist in the water flow? Or do you think it obstructs the water from making it through the sump at the rate the pump inside is trying to pump at? I am not sure how the flow of water is being affected with the additional hardware.

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    It depends on what you are going to keep coral wise. In the TL550 you will most likely only have softies due to the lack of light. Softies like low to moderate flow. So the 2 seios might actually be enough. Just position so that you get some nice random flow throughout the whole tank. If you have some dead sports (little/no flow) areas then you might want to add another one.
     
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    very true !
     
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    The water flow if used was in the tank circulation only, the water going through the sump or filter ( in my opinion ) shouldnt be more that twice a hour, or its passing through too fast for the sponge to selle and hold the fine detritis.

    But its all trial and error as no two tanks are exactly the same.
     
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    AAaaaaaaah, ok, now I understand... the water in the sump can take its time to get back in the tank, as it needs to pass through all the biological processes.

    The water flow in the actual tank, caused by my additional props is to cause as much disturbance as possible so as to keep the flow random, allowing the corals to feed on whatever products are in the water.

    Thank you so much :peroni:
     
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    Thank you MariusMeyer,

    I think I am starting to understand this concept now and am on the right track.
    I plan on having mostly soft corals, I have the standard lighting at the moment, so dont think I can go to hectic on the coral. As long as the colors are looking good and my fish are happy, then I am happy.

    Probably an anemonie at some later stage, once I know my tank is 100%, a few mushrooms and some other things I cant remember the names of. :)

    Thanks again
     
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    Aah Very good Dr Whatson :peroni:
     
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    An anemone is out of the question unless yo upgrade the lights. But there are tons of colourful zoanthids, mushrooms and other soft coral that will make your tank a masterpiece.
     
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    You are right mariusmeyer, I am thinking of removing the hood of my tank and just have a bracket made with an MH hanging over it, but until i have stronger lights, I will stay away from the anemone.

    What about Ricordia? are they ok to have?

    Thanks for the words of advice.
     
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    Ricordeas will be just fine under the stock lights.
     
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