Why does BRS recommend this?
Tunze Stream pumps are some of the quietest pumps for the price. We have used these pumps in multiple tank builds and have never been disappointed. They are not necessarily the cheapest AC powered pumps on the market, however they are very quiet, can be pointed in any direction, and have one of the industry’s best warranty and customer service through Tunze USA.
German-made Tunze powerheads are one of the best high flow powerheads available. They are smaller and can be hidden in the aquarium easier than competing brands. Tunze pumps can be configured in a wide range of positions to target any area of the tank.
- For aquariums from 10-135 gallons
- Flow rate: 400-1175 GPH
- Manual Flow Adjustor
- Energy consumption: 5 to 7W
- Cable length: 78.7"”
- Diameter: 2.75”
- Output diameter 1.5/.59”
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 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|
Compact, silent and easily aimed By Eric on 5/18/2018Eric would recommend this product to a friendI have had good success with the Tunze pumps. This one has been no exception. Small, easily aimed, powerful for the size. Easy to clean.
Terrible on controllers By dhalderman on 2/8/2018dhalderman wouldn't recommend this product to a friendPros, is very quiet and can be maneuvered at any angle.
I have my pumps on a timer, so that the flow is halved at night. So they must turn off and back on later, and do this once per 24 hour period. 2 Tunze, this and a 6015, both stopped turning back on at the 2 month mark. Cleaned till good as new. But they forever need a flick on the prop itself to get going again. I know they aren’t necessarily built for this, although they’re “controller” for sale seems to suggest they are, but I’ve had 2 Hydors and 1 “sun” no name brand for 15 bucks off amazon so it for 2 and a half years. I was switching to get pumps that I could angle better, but for the price they let me down.
Bottom line, they’re ok but NOT RELIABLE ON CONTROLLERS. Hydor and “Sun” operate on controllers more reliably.
Lower then expected life By Daniel on 4/17/2017Daniel wouldn't recommend this product to a friend1.5 years after purchasing this power head the tabs on the end of the nozzle that stop the impeller from spinning backwards have broken. Now the impeller seems to always spin backward when it starts unless I play with it
Great By BNF27 on 4/6/2017BNF27 would recommend this product to a friendthe product performs as stated
Quiet and powerful By Chris on 12/6/2016Chris would recommend this product to a friendAfter trying many techniques and products for providing circulation in a reef tank over the years I have come to prefer Tunze powerheads for their simplicity, build quality, longevity, ease of maintenance and energy efficiency. Worth the extra bucks IMO.
I'm using a couple of these (and a 6025) in a small reef (65 gallon). Great design, easy to install/aim. They provide nice strong flow without blowing the sand around or beating up the anemone. No audible noise...the usual excellent Tunze quality.
Cheap quality fish guard. By Andrew on 9/27/2016Andrew would recommend this product to a friendI ordered two of these for my 75g reef build. The pump quality seems nice other than the fish guard, the reason for only 4 stars. The pumps are very small and versatile with aiming angles. When I received my pumps both of the fish guards were broken. BRS has amazing customer service and sent me two new pumps and upon inspection one of the two new pumps also has a broken fish guard. That's my only complaint.
Failed after 1 month of use. By jeremiah on 3/16/2016jeremiah wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI am new to the hobby and have started a 60 gal reef tank. I purchased this unit less than a month ago and it has already failed. I am going to contact BRS on what i can do to return the product. It was recommended by BRS so i trusted the recommendation. The unit has a very small design and i like the adjustments that can be made directionally for this pump. I am considering asking for credit to purchase some dc versions that have the cords outside tank.
Nice pump By Curtis on 4/26/2014Curtis would recommend this product to a friendWanted to try this pump in my 40gal and it has good flow. I will be getting one more for good cross flow.
good water movement By Kris on 3/18/2014Kris would recommend this product to a friendI do like these powerheads, i ordered 2 for my 65 G mixed reef. They move a lot of water and are quite small. The magnets barely make it through my glass (1/2") but they do hold OK. The flow is a bit narrower than I thought. I initially bought the sicce voyagers but replaced them with these, and am much happier with the Tunze ones.
great little wavemaker By RWL on 7/30/2013RWL would recommend this product to a friendinstalled 2 in a 75 gal. unobtrusive, very quiet, works perfect, manual adjustment works great, easy to adjust direction.
great product By John on 4/13/2013John would recommend this product to a friendTunze makes great products. The flow adjustment is nice. The 6045 really moves some water compared to its size.
great powerhead By 241wrasse on 12/22/2012241wrasse would recommend this product to a friendBought a 6045 about 3 months ago, & was certainly impressed! Design, size, overall quality beat the pants off my older existing Hydor Koralias. Absolutely love the ball design of the impeller cage - truly does let you swivel the head around in any direction you want. Small size = less obtrusive. Excellent Tunze qualtiy, very quiet - even on startup, not like the big grinding/rattling noise the Koralias make when they start up, & yes the Koralias are well-maintained.
Will this work on a 120 gallon with a 30 gallon sump?
These pumps are pretty low powered for that large of a tank. In most cases, reefers choose pumps that are in the 2500gph to 4500gph range for larger tanks like yours. :-)
Would this pump be suitable for a 60 gallon 24x24 inch cube? LPS only right now. If not, can you recommend a good pump under $100? Thanks.
If I get the 6054 and the Tunze to APEX cable, do I need to get anything else? I plan to get the 6054 without a controller and use my apex to control it. Does it need separate power to drive the powerhead?
The 6054 is not a controllable pump and does not come with the option to hook up to the apex besides by plugging it into an outlet which can turn it on or off. You will need to select a tunze pump with a controller pictured for control through an apex on speed and other things. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Do you need a separate controller to adjust the speed of the Tunze 6045?
The 6045 isn't electronically controllable so you do not. It has a slider on the side of the pump that you manually adjust to change the flow.