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Puffer proofing. Internal pump placement, use concerns
Mr. Bob and crew, Haha, I ain't finished bugging you yet about the
puffer I plan to purchase ;)I did decide on which species to get. I am
going to get a dog face puffer for my tank which is 150 g. 29 g
refugium, and about 30
gallons in the sump.
<A good choice>
Will be the only fish.
<Mmm; I'd add more>
My question is... I can Not figure out the best way to puffer proof the
<Really just complete, and possibly enlarged intake screens. Some units
these can be purchased for; others you have to fashion... Hide behind
rock, drill and fit PVC etc., cover in large-cell foam...>
Omg! Too many horror stories about that! Some suggestions are sponges,
but with their curious nature that sounds like an accident waiting to
happen. I thought about lighting grate. I think people call it egg
<Yes; another good choice>
I could build a little cage around my power heads?
<Yes; or maybe use more, smaller volume/suction pumps>
The squares look awful big. I dontbknowcwhat size the fish will be when
I finally purchase it. I did find a product for crafts called Darice 7
plastic mesh. It is 7 squares per inch. I am waiting for an email back
and hoping they will tell me what it is made of.
<Something chemically inert>
I know what it do with the cords.
<Set these underwater units just below the surface... with the cords
out... this is the best placement... AT the air-water interface, for
moving the most water...>
But can't figure out the safest for my power heads. Hee hee I had
ordered some Hydor 3250 gph but whoa! What a sand storm, lol I tried
some 1950 but not enough flow.
<Again; consider using multiple units>
I am considering the.. I think they are 2200 or something like that.
Maybe once I build a safety over the power heads I can use the 3250's. I
bought a wave maker and will start off with them at minute intervals
just in case so
the little fellow could escape if needed. Maybe that should be 30
<Shorter... 15 at most is what I'd use>
I am setting up a 40g qt. I bought a large sponge filter which is
seeding in the sump. I bought a bio wheel 350 but have no place to put
it on the 150 to seed. Can I cut some aquarium foam and put in the sump.
Sorry for the long post. I just thought you might be missing me..lmao!!HaVe
A hApPy DaY :)Stace.
<And you. Bob Fenner>
Powerhead Too Powerful?/Water Flow
Since I found your website you have basically walked me through my
whole aquarium process so I thank you for that.
I am happy to report that my cycle completed and after getting my
parameters where I wanted I finally got my first fish. My girlfriend
and I picked out a pair of Ocellaris Clownfish (one black and white,
one orange) from Premium Aquatics.
<A reputable store/etailer. Is where I do business.>
The fish made the decision easy for us as they came to the front of the
tank to greet us while the others hid in the back.
<Ah, the hungry ones.>
The worry I have is that they are both under an inch long and I think
my Koralia #4 may be too much for them. They look like they are working
pretty hard except for when they hide in the corners of the tank. I
assume they found a bit of a calm zone there. I made the mistake of
shutting off the powerhead and it almost cost the fish their lives. I
found them pail
and sluggish in the corner, but revived them by turning on the head and
giving them a little push. Color and activity promptly returned, but I
am afraid I am going to kill them by exhaustion. I also have a 4 inch
sugar fine sand bed to consider that the 4s blew all over the place. I
was thinking about going down to a pair of #2s, or one #3. Which would
you recommend? Or would you go another way entirely?
<Pretty tough for me to visualize/answer without knowing your tank
size both in gallons and dimensions, but if you are kicking up sand,
the flow is likely greater than necessary. You may want to try pointing
the powerhead toward the surface and see if that calms things down a
bit. If not, I would suggest using lower flow rate powerheads. A total
of 10x the tank volume in flow rate is what I would shoot for. I prefer
the use of wavemakers which change flow direction on a timed basis.
Talk to Jeremy at Premium Aquatics, he is very knowledgeable in this
regard and can recommend a suitable wavemaking system for your tank if
you should decide to go this route.>
Can't thank you enough for the site and all the help you give
<You're welcome. James (Salty Dog)>
Re Powerhead Too Powerful?/Water Flow 11/1/10
Hello again James,
Sorry about the omission. It's a standard 75 gallon. 48 x 18 x 21.
It has a Remora Pro w/Mag 350 and a Marineland HOT Magnum (both your
recommendations). I am only using one of the powerheads, but no matter
what direction I point it, it's too much. The sand isn't a
problem but the fish look like they are in a constant fight.
<In my opinion, two Koralia 4s are a bit much for this tank.>
I will get in touch with Jeremy. I was thinking that two #2s (750 gph
each) pointed at each other would get a good random flow.
<Is much better than standard powerheads.>
Thanks for the advice, and thanks for the recommendation on PA. Oh, one
last question, would you recommend the pre skimmer box for the
<Yes. Not only does the skimmer box hide the pump, it skims water
off the top of the tank which is often coated with organics. This can
improve skimming efficiency by as much as 20%. James (Salty
Wondering about the new Hydor Magnums. Considering buying one for my
120 gal tank possibly the 5. They are fairly new and not many reviews
on them, how are they?
<I have no experience with the Hydor Magnums, but I have sent out an
email to a contact of mine at Premium Aquatics regarding this. As soon
as I receive his input on the Hydor Magnums, I will forward his
response to you. James (Salty Dog)>
Re Powerheads/Selection Query posted on 9/28/09
Received a reply from Jeremy at Premium Aquatics re above query. Please
post for the gent as I mistakenly deleted the query.
<Will do James. Thanks, BobF>
They are very nice pumps, and have had a great track record. The
downside to them however is that they are fairly large, and take up
They still need to be ran on either Hydor's controller, or the GHL
Premium Aquatics, Inc.
Koralia Pump and Anemone Problem
Intake Covers 9/23/09
I recently bought a RBTA and he has been busy moving about the tank,
which brings me to my issue. I have a Koralia 4 powerhead, which
hasn't been running since I bought the RBTA because I didn't
want it to get sucked in.
<A definite possibility.>
Is there anything that I can do to safeguard the pump and turn it back
<Several manufacturers sell very thin spongy foam material that
stretches around this style of powerhead. However it will significantly
decrease the flow created by it.>
I was thinking of putting something like pantyhose around the pump and
turn it back on. Is this reasonable or is there a better option?
<As above, although the pantyhose idea is interesting, if they
really are still made of nylon they shouldn't be any
Any input will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance,
Re: Intake Covers, Koralia Pump and Anemone Problem -
Thanks for the quick response Josh.
<I'm sorry I took so long this time, I just got back from a
I was thinking about it some more last night and came up with an idea.
What about using zip ties to break up the size of the slits? I could
make the gaps as big or small as I want and this may not reduce the
flow as much. Also, I was thinking the right size rubber band might
work as well. Any thoughts.
<I'm afraid either of these ideas will likely cut down on flow,
and the anemone can get sucked into to very very small intakes, so it
likely won't solve that problem either.
Hydor Koralia High Flow Propeller Type Pumps 2/2/09
FYI. These pumps will not work with some Wavemakers. A
minimum off time of 15 minutes is needed. Wavemakers such as the
Aquarium Systems model, only have a range of 30 seconds to 3 minutes of
off time. Per conversation with Jeremy Bower of Premium Aquatics.
James (Salty Dog)
Re: Pump Selection 12/28/08 Question, if
I do get powerheads (Hydor Koralia) and a submersible pump. What size
pump (gph) and what size Hydor 3 or 4. Again with (2) 1 inch drains
into a sump. A 4 foot tank by two foot. Which I will house marine and
soft corals. Difficult to calculate the right amount of flow. <Mmm,
not difficult at all, just strive for 10 to 12x flow rate for the size
of tank you have. In your case, 1200 to 1400 would work well. Do read
here and other related articles/FAQ's.
James (Salty Dog)>
New Hydor Koralia 3 pump - 03/02/07
Can anyone shed some light on this new pump? http://www.marinedepot.com/md_searchitem.asp. I
currently have 2 Seio 820's in the tank. I'm not
happy with the way they mount, I have an acrylic tank and have to use
the suction cups. Magnets for the Seio's would cost an
additional $25 each totaling $70 each. The Koralia is $40
with the magnet and uses less electricity. Does anyone have
any experience with these regarding durability, noise, water movement
etc? Thanks, Frank <Mmm, that link doesn't seem to be working...
see below. Don't have any personal experience with this product,
but am familiar with the company... and they have many nice, innovative
products... http://www.hydor.it/ As
usual, I would use the larger sphere of BB's boards here...
AquariumFrontiers. com is a fave... knowledgeable, friendly folks...
for actual users input. Cheers, Bob Fenner>