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Hi everyone, New to the hobby and just setup my biocube 16 earlier this week. Used the natures ocean live sand and got 15lbs of cured live rock from my LFS. My tank is currently cycling. I got a 480 GPH powerhead from a friend and installed that yesterday. I had to reposition it numerous times due to it pushing my sand around but, finally found a spot that it does not disturb anything. I do plan on getting corals at some point. Along with the return pump would this be too much flow for my tank? I also feel like I have a lot of live rock in my tank. I can access the sides and back with my gravel vacuum. Does my live rock setup look okay for when I get coral? I'm particularly worried about being able to get anything on the top piece of live rock or is that enough room? Any opinions are appreciated because I am overthinking this 😂 thank you for your time!
Muffin87 posted a topic in Beginners DiscussionMy tank came with a Nano Marinus 4-in-1 BioCirculator. It consumes 5 watts, and it's got good reviews on amazon stores across Europe. Water goes into the sponge and the surface skimmer, and comes out of the red nozzle in the image. The circulator takes care of: water flow: 500 litres per hour / 132 gallons per hour; surface extraction; plankton feeding (really? How does it do that?); filtration. Considering I got this, how many powerheads do I really need to start my tank? Zero? One? Two + timer alternating them? Can I save the money to get a mame protein skimmer and a HOB refugium first, and add more powerheads later instead?
Hi, this is my first post here and I'm already sorry for my rusty English. I started a small tank recently and I bought an Italian all-in-one tank with, of course, quite bad items (my fault, but it was my first experience in the hobby). I'm looking for improving the tank from time to time to get to a good result (technically speaking...). First thing that I'd like to change is water movement. The water cube measures something like 35x35x35cm (almost 14x14x14 inches). There's no sand so, considering the amount of live rocks, the net water volume should be something like 37 liters on just less than that (9 to 10 gallons). I was considering a couple of powerheads in an alternate cycle to get a good result keeping a low budget profile. Nano Koralia Reef Kit or Sicce (I'm italian) equivalent. I'm not sure which ones I should choose in terms of gph. Considering that only 1 powerhead would be running at a time, Koralia comes with 425gph solution, Sicce with 265gph or 530gph powerheads. The cost is pretty much the same for the 3 alternatives... Sicce quality sounds good, plus the Sicce Wave Maker has night mode included. I'm torn because I guess that 265gph would be too little movement and 530gph too much movement. That's why I was considering Koralia. I'm keeping some softies and lps (euphyllia and similar). My aim would be to move to an almost only lps tank, no sps in my plans so far...I have too little experience. How many gph is the correct amount of movement in your opinion? Which one would be the best choice? Thanks to you all!