Directional u-tubes

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    arkansasboy Reefer Wannabe

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    Are the directional u-tubes for the return really beneficial as far as directing the flow? Can they in some ways replace a powerhead? I am thinking about splitting my return line and using 2 directional u-tubes.
     
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    Hello?
     
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    I have 2 u tubes on my tank. They can't really replace a powerhead. Unless you have a really high flow rate going through them. But they also make some tips that have smaller openings forcing the water to flow out at a higher velocity in order to keep the flow rate up. You could try those but I can't guarantee they would work exactly like your hoping. Just do some looking around :) good luck
     
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    There are loc-line fittings that are made for what you are describing. They sell them on ebay for about $34.00 bucks. Type in "loc-line circle flow". I have been considering since starting my own improvement to creating flow behind my rock frame work from some bottom returns i have in my tank.
     
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    Thats interesting. Can the nozzles be individually placed to direct flow in different directions?
     
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    It's one 24 inch pipe but about every inch where the nozzle is they can be rotated so that they aim towards the direction you leave it at.
     
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