Installing the new, affordable, and controllable AC pumps from Rossmont
The Rossmont Waver pumps are unique in the fact that they are entirely AC powered, but also can be connected to the Waver controller for some pretty advanced control features. Prior to this, AC pumps in general were able to be controlled by simple on/off programming via an aquarium controller or a simple timer. This opens up a few possibilities.
To start off with just the Mover pumps offers a cheaper starting cost as you get your feet wet with these power heads. Then, if you decide you want to add controllability to your powerheads later on you can do so by simply purchasing the Waver controller, and connecting the pumps to it. In most other cases, if you start out with non-controllable pumps, you’d need to buy a brand new powerhead setup to add controllability.
Plus, using AC power does away with any powerbricks or power supplies that take up valuable real estate in your stand – instead there is just simply a power cord and plug.
When we initially posted a photo of these pumps to our Instagram page, we got a few questions relating to the amount of noise these pumps put out. The mounts on the pumps themselves have what Rossmont refers to as their VAS technology, or their vibration absorbing system. Frankly, it essentially is just five soft rubber orings – one on the dry mount, 1 on each side of the wet mount, 1 on the ball mount, and 1 on the pump itself.
That being said, it does a surprising good job of keeping this pump quiet. We hooked up a Mover M1900 to this test tank here and ran our decibel meter near it. It is pretty comparable to other pumps out there that I would consider on the quieter spectrum like Koralia, Tunze's DC pumps, and the Sicce Xstreams.
Moving over to the Waver; it's WIFI enabled, and allows you to control your pumps from your favorite device through its browser. That means that while you are on vacation, or at work you can make changes to your flow from your smart phone or laptop. It's two channels can adjust your pumps from 30% to 100% of their total flow with 6 different presets like fixed, fish food, off, cycle, random, and stormy – I've seen these things make a pretty impressive standing wave before!
Follow along with the video, and watch as we install these pumps on our Clown Harem tank!
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