How many power heads?

Discussion in 'New to Reefing' started by JustKeepSwimming, Sep 10, 2012.

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    JustKeepSwimming

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    I'm starting a new reef tank for the first time (kept freshwater fish for many years). I have a 72 gal bow front. I've got a 20 gal sump and am planning on buying a Reef Octopus skimmer. The JBJ Oceanstream powerheads look good, but I'm wondering how many 500 gph powerheads I would need for this set-up.:sfish:
     
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    I have read 30gph turnover per gallon in your tank. So for my 10g I did 10g x 30gph = 300gph flow.
     
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    Wow, that's 4 x 500gph powerheads. So main difference I've found so far between freshwater and salt water is $$$$$$$$$$!
     
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    It's also a damn sight cooler.... :)
     
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    You nailed it lol.

    Just keep in mind you're essentially recreating nature and making the inhabitants feel as if they never left the ocean.

    I would like to see some research data on average gph turnover rate on the Great Barrier Reef.
     
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    You could buy larger powerheads with a few smaller ones, I use 2 koralia 1400's and 2 koralia 750's in my 75g. That is a little over 57x turnover.
     
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    I just bought the JBJ Oceanstream and I HIGHLY recommmend them, but for a tank you're size I'd go with the next size up that they make. I have the 500gph.

    I have a 29g tank with approximately 66x turnover right now, to give you a frame of reference.
     
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