Finding the right powerhead combination to emulate natural circulation patterns in a reef aquarium can be challenging. Why not take out the guesswork? We've asked a few of our long-time hobbyists for their recommendations based on their own trail and error-- they've done the experimenting, so you don't have to! Here, we've compiled Thomas' powerhead suggestions for a 2ft long SPS-dominant tank.
AI Nero 3 Circulation Pump
The Nero 3 is everything you'd want in a circulation pump --small, unobtrusive, easy-to-hide, quiet, and controllable-- while still being affordable and easy to use. It has an ultra compact form factor with a unique impeller design that pushes water in a wide pattern that can move foods, detritus, or other free-floating particles around without blasting corals directly. With Bluetooth LE technology, you can set the pump up to six different flow modes, or create a daily schedule to change the flow up throughout the day, all through the MyAi App on your iOS or Android device. No smart device? No problem-- the included controller can also adjust the flow, speed, and on/off functions via its single onboard button.
Nero 3 Specifications
ReefWave 25 Wave Pump
If you're looking for something to emulate the massive yet gentle flow patterns of the ocean, move water from one end of the tank to the other and back, create intricate and indirect flow patterns around coral colonies, keep detritus and waste suspended in the water column so that it is more easily removed by your filtration system, and with the ability for App-based or manual controls-- look no further than the Red Sea ReefWave.
ReefWave 25 Specifications