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The 6105 and the 6095 paired together in the tank would certainly create plenty of flow even for an SPS dominant tank. Both of these can be controlled in the future with the Apex You will need the tunze controller to work with the apex cable and they are not available without the Tunze controller attached. As for hardware you will only need the Tunze to apex link cable in the future. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
It really depends on the tank and the aquascape, but the usual method would be to put them on opposite ends of the tank pointing towards the middle/front of the tank. Ideally the streams from each intersect to create a more random flow pattern.
Question #2: If the answer to Question #1 is 'yes, then a 235 gph return pump on a BioCube 14 (with 10 gallons of water volume total) should be adequate to maintain healthy soft corals and LPS corals correct?
Question #3: If a reefer wanted to provide more variable flow in a BioCube 14 than can be provided by the 235 gph return pump, what hardware would you recommend specifically to do the job for soft corals and LPS corals? (given that quiet operation is a very high priority).
Many thanks to BRS for providing such great technical support to the reefing community!
We do not typically include the return pump flow into the powerhead unless the flow is above 10x. Your bio-cube 14 would have enough flow for soft low flow corals however with higher flow corals you would need supplement to change up the flow. We recommend a small DC pump such as the Ecotech Vortech MP10 or the Tunze DC pumps under 250 GPH rating.
With the LPS corals I am partial to the 6095, its wide flow pattern is pretty easy on the LPS and 2 of them should be pretty good for a tank your size!
Tunze pumps are excellent high flow powerheads for a number of reasons
- They are the smallest pumps available and easy to hide.
- They rotate to a wide range of angles for targeted flow.
- They consume less power.
- Available accessories such as the Tunze Rock and Controllers make them even more user-friendly.
- Excellent warranty and customer service.
High flow is very important to maintaining a thriving healthy aquarium. Aquariums with poor flow can experience a number of easily avoidable health issue. Using high flow powerheads in your aquarium will:
- Significantly decrease the risk of algae outbreaks.
- Keep waste and particles suspended longer so skimmers and filters have a better chance of removing them.
- Prevent toxic pockets from forming in hard to reach areas.
- Keep debris from collecting on corals.
- Keep food suspended longer so you can add less food.
- Increase the chances of long term healthy tank success.
Quick Compare - Tunze Powerhead Pumps
|Energy Use||Diameter||Output Diameter||Controllable||Tank Size|
|Turbelle Nanostream 6015||475||3.5W||2.7"||1.5"/.59"||
|Turbelle Nanostream 6020||660||5W||2.7"||1.5"/.59"||
|Turbelle Nanostream 6025||740||5W||2.7"||1.5"/.59"||
|Turbelle Nanostream 6040||53-1190||5W||2.7"||1.5"/.59"||
|Turbelle Nanostream 6045||400-1175||5-7W||2.7"||1.5"/.59"||Adjustable||10-135 Gal|
|Turbelle Nanostream 6055||250-1450||4-18W||2.7"||1.5"/.59"||Yes||10-135 Gal|
|Turbelle Stream 6065||1700||12W||3.5"||1.96"||No||65-210 Gal|
|Turbelle Stream 6085||2100||14W||3.5"||1.96"||No||105-265 Gal|
|Turbelle Stream 6105||700-3400||35W||3.5"||2.48"||Yes||50-525 Gal|
|Turbelle Stream 6125||3150||22W||3.5"||2.48"||No||105-525 Gal|
|Turbelle Stream 6155||1050-3950||< 52W||3.5"||2.4"||Yes||up to 800 Gal|
|Turbelle Stream 6255||1300-4800||< 58W||3.5"||3"||Yes||up to 1100 Gal|
Wow! Just buy this pump! By Pedro on 9/27/2016Pedro would recommend this product to a friendReplaced a Jebao RW-15 that failed twice in 14 months (motor issues).
Tunze 6105 kills it! Great power and wide flow, positioning master, outstanding control and programming! Perfect hardware as usual for Tunze.
Great pump By Eric on 9/26/2016Eric would recommend this product to a friendThis works very well for me - tons of flow, easily aimed and the wave function gives me good pulsing flow in my 150g. I have a smaller fixed flow pump opposite and it makes for some nice random/back-and-forth movement. Very quiet! Comes with two end-pieces for the flow. I'm using the wider and it works well for me. On a longer tank I might go with the narrower end.
Moves lots of water By Ken on 9/19/2016Ken would recommend this product to a friendI really like these pumps I have two on my 180. I would say though when I programmed them through my Apex controller they did make an audible pulse noise when making waves. If there was a way to ramp up speed gradually it would be silent but going from 0-100 in percent in a short burst, you do hear it.
Bad Luck? By David on 9/4/2016David would recommend this product to a friendThese things move water- lots of it. They can be directed unlike vortechs (I had 2 vortechs and in most ways these are superior). They are quiet. They are robust . It is easy to hook up a battery backup. The downsides; they are a pain to control with apex or similar, and I have had 3 die around the 3 year mark- yes, I could buy replacement motors, but they aren't cheap compared to just buying new. I guess 3 years isn't bad, but it's not great either. That being said, I seem to have had bad luck, as I have one that is still going strong after 7 years, and most people I know have not had this failure rate. And yes, I clean them, don't start and stop them, or run them below 30%. I believe it is the thin film capacitors that die.
Super powerful By Nathan on 7/23/2016Nathan wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI put one on my 120g and I'm running it at barely over 20%. It's a six foot long tank and I get plenty of current all around the tank. It's super quiet and very versatile on direction. If I had known it was going to be this powerful, I might have even bought a smaller one.
Awesome pump By Chris on 6/18/2016Chris would recommend this product to a friendThis pump moves some serious water in my 150 gallon. Got me a nice wave going using this pump. Considered the Gyre but went with this one for better reliability and 2 year warranty. Great pump!
Awesome By Rick on 2/29/2016Rick would recommend this product to a friendEverything I expected it to be and more. So powerful I decided to use the supplied larger nozzle on my six foot tank to disperse flow even more. Battery backup option is the best.
Worked like is should and connected to my old tunze controler By Perfect on 12/15/2015Perfect would recommend this product to a friendThe only pump I buy
Great pumps! By Conny on 7/22/2015Conny would recommend this product to a friendRecently replaced MP40's as they were failing on the wet side. These pumps are awesome! Move tons of water and very quite. Highly recommend!,
5 years & NO issues By Drew on 7/14/2015Drew would recommend this product to a friendThe ecotech brand is temping but bearing issues drove me off. I have has this without issue on a pulse sequence for years. One DC adapter block was replaced years and placed in a clooer cabinet. I run at 95% max and 2 for 150 gallon are fine for sps tank. Nothing ever sucked in and killed, no "wet" side replacements. Not a focal point of aquarium. Safety switch allows any deep cycle battery instead of a consumer grade motorcycle battery wrapped in aluminum cover.
Great pumps By Smilemkr on 7/12/2015Smilemkr would recommend this product to a friendI replaced 2 MP40's recently and have been more than impressed! Great flow with virtually no noise. Highly recommend these pumps!
Fantastic Product By ralph892 on 6/4/2014ralph892 would recommend this product to a friendI replaced two MP40's with two of the 6105's. Both sets of powerbeads were connected through the Neptune Apex controller. The reason I replaced them was two fold. First was that the MP40's were really loud when I had them at 80% in ReefCrest mode and and other mode where the pumps went from like 40 to 80 over and over. Second I kept going through wet side assemblies on the MP40's.
The 6105's are so quiet that I can hear a pin drop in my house now. It is absolutely amazing. The power that the 6105's put out is really astounding as well. The 6105's hook to the Apex differently and it may not be quite as intuitive as the MP40's but any forum has lots on it.
I can say how long they last because they are new but since the design is inside the tank I am assuming it will be much longer then the 100.00 wet side assemblies. The 6105's are easy to hide and the noise difference is amazing.
I will not change back I can promise that. The wave action I now get is really great. I can make my tank jump if I want it to.