Finding the right powerhead combination to emmulate 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 trial and error-- they've done the experimenting, so you don't have to! Here, we've compiled Thomas' powerhead suggestions for a 6ft long SPS-dominant tank.
Turbelle Stream 3 Controllable Pump
This DC-controllable pump utilizes magnetic levitation technology that involves zirconium oxide bearings and a brushless magnetic drive motor. Its unique "maglev" design creates tons of flow while eliminating contact points between moving parts, resulting in an incredibly silent, efficient, and low-maintenance flow pump. The included Tunze 7090 controller gives you full control over the pump's flow, with multiple programming options that include feed mode, wave simulation, oscillating current, night mode (Moonlight Photo Sensor 7097.050 required), and auto-adjust wave timing modes. The Tunze Stream 3 can also be controlled by 3rd party aquarium controllers, such as an Apex or a ReefKeeper.
Stream 3 Specifications
Turbelle Stream 6255 and 6105 Controllable Pumps
Tunze Controllable pumps have been around for many years with a great reputation. German-made Tunze powerheads are the best high flow powerheads available. They are smaller and can be hidden in the aquarium easier than competing brands, they are configurable in a wide range of positions to target any area of the tank. The Turbelle pumps are very quiet, and for everything you get the price is hard to beat.
Stream 6255 Specifications
Stream 6105 Specifications
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