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I have two Hydor Koralia Nano 425 powerheads, two holes for overflow at the top middle of the tank, and a small DIY rectangular overflow box around the holes. I'm in the midst of setting up my sump right now but it'll get done soon. I also intend to use the wavemaker function on my ReefKeeper Lite to alternate the two Koralia nanos (these are the new wavemaker compatible ones).

 

I'm more interested in LPS and softies...maybe some SPS in the future.

 

Having said all that, what are your opinions on the optimal placement of the sump return and the two powerheads? Please have a look at the attached pictures to get an idea of what my (very first!) aquascape looks like! Feel free to critique my (first!) aquascape for my (first!) tank, be nice:

https://www.box.com/s/zminmjbx0m4xln4b7upg

https://www.box.com/s/gid5fh95979ok4lo5kku

https://www.box.com/s/lia8fn9p6iu3bzte6724

 

Here's a slightly newer picture with the current powerhead placement. There's a purple firefish and a big ball of chaeto. I'm still working on that sump and I finally received my ALC today so I just put my lights together earlier:

https://www.box.com/s/1opk4s77gr0zop2y1yxo

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I move mine around every now and then so placement is not "permanent".

I'm wondering if they will provide enough flow in the tank. How big is the tank?

 

Anyway, looks good to me for a starting point.

 

Welcome to Nano Reef btw.

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I think you have the right idea. I would move the power head at the top of the tank to wards the front. That way the power heads are offset. You would need to let them run for a couple of hours before you can correctly check the flow. The flow should be a circular motion with the pumps placed in those areas. Hope this helps.

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I move mine around every now and then so placement is not "permanent".

I'm wondering if they will provide enough flow in the tank. How big is the tank?

 

Anyway, looks good to me for a starting point.

 

Welcome to Nano Reef btw.

 

Thanks! It's a 29 gallon tank so I think 2 Koralia Nanos should be enough.

 

I think you have the right idea. I would move the power head at the top of the tank to wards the front. That way the power heads are offset. You would need to let them run for a couple of hours before you can correctly check the flow. The flow should be a circular motion with the pumps placed in those areas. Hope this helps.

 

Do you mean like I have them in the later pics (https://www.box.com/s/1opk4s77gr0zop2y1yxo)? The only problem is that I'll eventually have corals on those rocks where the powerhead is blowing. I'm afraid that might cause tissue damage. Plus, having that hideous powerhead right there in front of everything is almost unbearable :P.

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