Learn how to set-up the Sicce Wave Surfer & Voyager power head pump, along with a key feature that make these pumps ideal for aquarium wave makers.
Most power heads operate on A/C power with a propeller to move water. When you turn on an A/C pump, the propeller can start spinning in either direction. Most pumps have a small stopper at the top which the propeller hits, causing it spin back in the proper direction. This works really well, however every time the pump turns on and off it will slightly damage the propeller. This isn't an issue with normal use, but on a wave maker the propeller is turning on and off every 30 seconds, which is about a million times a year - which is pretty hard on the pump!
The Sicce Voyager power heads feature an impeller versus a propeller, which can spin in either direction and operate properly. The larger Voyager HP series do use a propeller, but they utilize internal electronics to ensure the propeller spins the correct direction.
Either way, both make for a much longer lasting options on a on/off style A/C wave maker. This is honestly the only pump I would recommend for anyone who is concerned about the longevity of the pump on your wave maker.
The pumps do come disassembled, but are put together easily by sliding the pump into the bracket and attaching with a thumb screw. The assembled pump may be larger than some competitors, but the bracket allows for complete 360 degree rotation and full range of adjustability.
Many reefers will install 2 pumps either on opposing sides of the tank aimed at each other, or in the back corners of the tank angled in with the pumps flow paths intersecting.
The Voyager bracket will work on glass up to a 1/2" thick, and the Voyager HP works on glass up to 3/4" thick. Mounting is done easily using a magnetic pad.
Once mounted, you can plug both into the Sicce Wave Surfer. There are two knobs; the left one controls the length of the on/off cycles and the other controls the ratio.
Another option is to use a simple digital timer rather than a controller, which many people do to keep the pump on for hours rather than minutes. This also allows you to schedule times where both pumps are on at the same time.
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