View Full Version : closed loop or vortech pump?

01/05/2007, 08:34 PM
If you had the option would one go whith a CL or a vortech pump? Just trying to get some info before I jump into a 180 gallon tank.

01/05/2007, 08:45 PM
Personally, I can't stand the site of equipment in the tank! But that's just me and to be sure, The vortex have a very small footprint. However, I'd vote for a CL just so I could hide the plumbing. I'd drill the bottom and everything. But that's just my opinion. I've read many people who would choose not to do a CL again if they had the chance. And remember with a 180 gallon, you'll need several vortex pumps to get the kind of flow you'll need. But good luck.

01/06/2007, 12:30 AM
I would say vortech for a new setup. I hate drilling, hate noisy pumps, hate the electricity needed for big pumps, and I hate all the work involved to still have tubes everywhere in the tank for the intakes and returns. I'm a hateful person :D . My next tank will be all powerheads (maxi-streams on sea-swirls, I have one and it's awesome). JMO.

01/06/2007, 12:34 AM
Hippiesmell.....how did you mount it? wanted to do it with a 6060 but i thought wavysea was the only one with a connecter?

01/06/2007, 12:52 AM
Vortech without a doubt.

01/06/2007, 12:55 AM
I had to make a connector. A 1 1/2" couple/reducer to 1/2" pvc fits over the swirl thingy. Then the 1/2" pvc tube from the sea swirl to the maxi-stream is simply super glued and zip tied (zip tie doesn't look as bad as it sounds) to the top of the stream. Not the prettiest, but it works. With some more time and desire, a better looking solution could be made, but it ain't broke, so I ain't fixin' it.

01/06/2007, 01:42 AM
I just installed two Vortechs in my 120 gallon display. Could not be happier with the simplicity.

01/06/2007, 03:43 AM
I too would lean more towards powerheads than the closed loop - much for the same reasons HippieSmell mentioned [large pumps tend to be noisy, tend to add heat to the tank, all that plumbing ... and once you get all the tubes in + out, is there anything less in the tank?]
JMO :)

01/06/2007, 07:32 AM
what about the water movement behind the rock work if I use a power head?

01/06/2007, 08:54 AM
my vote for vortech. have 2 in my 225 and moves the water in a wide pattern.

01/06/2007, 09:49 AM
I vote for CL. A sequence dart moves tones of water and makes almost zero noise. I hate the look of powerheads in the tank.....

Combine with an Oceans Motions for great water movement

01/06/2007, 09:59 AM
I'd say Tunze. You can control them today. A pair of 6100s and a 7095 multicontroller is an awesome setup.