How to Choose the Right Powerhead for your Reef Aquarium

http://mdshop.us/1mWbIuW Water flow in a reef aquarium is absolutely crucial to create a healthy environment for the animals inside the tank. Wild reefs are naturally very turbulent and creating natural flow patterns will help keep debris suspended in your tank, promote proper gas exchange, and help deliver food and nutrients to your tank inhabitants.

When building a reef tank, submersible pumps often called “powerheads” are used to create water movement inside the tank. In this video, we are going take the guesswork out of shopping for powerheads and show you guys how to choose the appropriate powerheads for your tank.

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Comments

Diamonte Oliver says:

Im starting my first 20 Gallon High Saltwater tank, so what powerhead would be good for me…I am having a Fish Only With Live Rock and some artificial coral in the tank.

Young Blacksmoke says:

I have a fluval evo 5 gallon, what powerhead is Best for it?

mark garcia says:

What’s the best pump for a bio cube 29 Salt reef tank

Mike E says:

So if I went with max spect for a great powerhead and echotech for great lighting that would work fine?

Wissam Youssef says:

you forgot to mention that if i have 2 pumps (1000 gph each) and they oscillate (i.e., Left on + Right off, then, Left off + Right on), then my turn-over is really 1000 gph not 2000 gph.

Randy Helms says:

are the flow recommendations of 10-20 for softies and 20-40 for sps based on display tank volume or overall tank volume including sump size?

Nick Nathu says:

Help! I can find a correct powerhead for my tank,

29g biocube

1 clownfish
1 scooter blenny

Coral

Large frog spawn
Large colony of red hornet
Small colony of rastas
Small hammer
Medium tubbs blue
Thanks for the help

Doneƒx 前奏 says:

Hi, i have a 40g reef tank whats the powerhead is right? i have one 739gph is enough?

ad78 says:

Jebao PP-20 FTW lol

CoMplEtley rAndum says:

Will a wave maker function as well as a powerhead

Glenn Gilbert says:

I have a 28 gallon bow front aquarium with pulsing Xenia and some mushroom corals. The Xenia’s have spread to all over the tank. I also have a couple of clown fish in the tank. My Hydor power head froze up over the weekend. Which power head would you recommend for my tank and how many would I need? Thanks

Maria Tran says:

Can I use eflux wave pump instead of those pumps?

Zaid Still says:

Would you recommend me get a power head for just my salt water fish ? I do not have any live rock or corral. But if my fish will like it, I want to get it. It’s a 65 gallon tank. Thank you

George El-Qasses says:

Thank you for the info.
I have a corner 54 gal tank. Where is the best place to place a water heads

Max Power says:

thanks or the video,can you elaborate more in positioning and how low or high to place the pwerheads. thanks

Lee and Mandy Battersby says:

Hi i have a 6gallon nano with soft and lps could please give me a idea of what wavemaker would be best thanks

metin saydam says:

Hi İ have a 150*50*60h fresh water aquarium How to Choose the Right Powerhead how lt/h per hour please help

The Casual Reefer says:

spot on video guys!

Rotter Tube Reef says:

good video thanks

Jbueno says:

2000gph /50gal is al little shot of flow for a sps , in my opinion

Zachary Stevens says:

Do I need a wave maker if I only have clownfish? Is it just for corals?

Chris Crubaugh says:

This video was excellent for explaining why you need power heads, but no real explanation of how to choose the correct one. This is what the video was labeled as. Bummer.

Koh Melvin says:

I have a 50 gallon innovative marine tank that uses a 476 gph return pump. What is the correct type wave marker i should use for my tank? And how do you calculate that ? Thanks

Christopher Rice says:

what size powerhead would you recommend for a tank of 65 gal 36Lx25Tx18W

alientech86 says:

i have a 10 gallon AIO tank that comes with a return pump. I have soft and LPS in that tank. Should i add a powerhead ? or the return pump is good enough already

Valentine says:

My reef tank is a custom made trigon it has a very curved front glass I find getting the power heads in a good place hard the triangular shape of the tank makes it difficult and there are hardly no tanks like mine anywhere for me to gain knowledge from

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