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Oceanavekid
09/06/2017, 02:53 PM
Is 3/8 glass too thick for an MP10?

LQT
09/06/2017, 03:53 PM
I believe 3/8" is the outer limit for an MP10. 3/8" is the thickness of the sides of a Red Sea Reefer 250. I've heard of people saying it works to people saying it is easy to knock off and decouple at higher flow rate intensities. So YMMV.

rtparty
09/06/2017, 04:19 PM
I use mine on 10mm glass which is just under 1/2". Make sure to clean the glass well and get the air out from behind the wet side. My one wetside would spin at higher speeds until I firmly pressed it against the glass and released all the air.

If you are concerned, an MP40 is the better way to go

nibor75
09/06/2017, 04:46 PM
I posted this on another forum a couple of years ago. One of the other posters had contacted Ecotech and been told they couldn't guarantee it would work on glass thicker than 5/16 (8mm).


What is traditionally called 3/8 inch glass is 10mm. Plate glass is produced to metric thicknesses even in the US.

The US standard for what is sold as 3/8" or 10mm plate glass allows for a range of thickness from 9.02 to 10.31mm.

What that actually means is that if you buy a 3/8 inch or 10 mm aquarium in the US, it may or may not work with your MP10. Ecotech give a maximum thickness of 9.5mm and if you buy an aquarium sold as 3/8 inch or 10mm glass it may be thicker than Ecotech's advertised limit for the MP10.

This is why the Ecotech CS rep told the poster above that 8mm is the last common size that they guarantee to work. 8mm or 5/16" has an allowable range of thickness from 7.42 to 8.43mm to conform to US standards.

Different countries have different allowable ranges of thickness.

+1 for getting an MP40 to be sure.

LQT
09/06/2017, 04:52 PM
Yeah, I sold my pair MP10s for my new build with 1/2" glass and went with a couple of Tunze 6095s.

ca1ore
09/06/2017, 06:45 PM
I believe 3/8" is the outer limit for an MP10. 3/8" is the thickness of the sides of a Red Sea Reefer 250. I've heard of people saying it works to people saying it is easy to knock off and decouple at higher flow rate intensities. So YMMV.

3/8" is a push, and L is exactly right that at higher levels the wetside can torque itself right off the glass. Same problem with MP40 above 3/4".

Oceanavekid
09/06/2017, 08:05 PM
3/8" is a push, and L is exactly right that at higher levels the wetside can torque itself right off the glass. Same problem with MP40 above 3/4".



Just got rid of my MP40 as it was too much for my 30 gallon

Wanted to go with two MP10

LQT
09/06/2017, 08:07 PM
Your 30 gallon has 3/8" thick glass!?!

Oceanavekid
09/06/2017, 09:09 PM
Your 30 gallon has 3/8" thick glass!?!



Yup it's a Visio 30 gallon rimless

LQT
09/06/2017, 09:52 PM
Well, since your tank is so small, I'd imagine the MP10s would work as you wouldn't need to go full blast. I had 2 MP10wQDs on my Biocube 29 and I never ran them over 60% intensity.

Ted_C
09/07/2017, 06:21 AM
I run an mp10 on the back wall of my 150 Oceanic. Like others have said - it's a fragile connection, easily disrupted. I run mine at 90% NTM all the time.

As long as you have the dry side mounted and secured (I wrapped the cords around my return pipes and used the zip tie square thingy) - it works ok.

ktownhero
09/07/2017, 07:55 AM
Many people use MP10s on 3/8" glass. Just be sure to cinch the zip tie tight on the cable above the dry side such that it is holding it up, that way no weight is being applied to the magnetic connection. Should work fine that way.