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Old 08/17/2011, 04:36 PM   #1
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powerhead for 10 gallon?

Right now i have Hydor Koralia Nano Aquarium Pump, 4.5 Watts powerhead, but i'm afraid it's not enough. Should i get bigger powerhead?

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Also, now i added 1-1.5" of sand, after taking that picture.


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Old 08/17/2011, 04:59 PM   #2
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That pump is rated at 425gph and you don't think that is enough? In a 10g tank you're turning your water over 40+ times/hour. It should be more than enough, maybe even too much in a tank that small. Two smaller pumps with one at either end might be a better solution.


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Old 08/17/2011, 05:07 PM   #3
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looked like it wasn't enough. I can still put corals in right?


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Old 08/17/2011, 05:23 PM   #4
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How long has the tank been running? Is it cycled? What kind of light do you have? And after all that, the answer is ... maybe.


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Old 08/17/2011, 05:27 PM   #5
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How long has the tank been running? Is it cycled? What kind of light do you have? And after all that, the answer is ... maybe.
it's running cycle now, and i have T5 lighting , 18" light bulbs in it. I was planning on getting easy to take care of corals.


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Old 08/17/2011, 05:41 PM   #6
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Let it cycle and then you should be OK with easy (hearty) corals. But I'd consider a small basic crean up crew first (a snail or two, a hermit crab or two, maybe a peppermint shrimp... these are all inexpensive). And odds are that somewhere down the road in the next few months, you are going to have some kind of an algae bloom. Don't buy anything expensive until after that happens. Take your time and it should work out OK. Rush it and you'll likely have a mess on your hands.


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Old 08/17/2011, 05:50 PM   #7
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Let it cycle and then you should be OK with easy (hearty) corals. But I'd consider a small basic crean up crew first (a snail or two, a hermit crab or two, maybe a peppermint shrimp... these are all inexpensive). And odds are that somewhere down the road in the next few months, you are going to have some kind of an algae bloom. Don't buy anything expensive until after that happens. Take your time and it should work out OK. Rush it and you'll likely have a mess on your hands.
For CUC i was planning on getting 4 snails, 2 hermit crabs and 2 peppermint shrimps. Not planning on buying expensive corals until i'll upgrade to nano cube.

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Old 08/17/2011, 08:06 PM   #8
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I have two koralia 240gph in my 10gal with no problems


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Old 08/17/2011, 09:29 PM   #9
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i had the nano 425 in my 10g nano tank. It work great, my torch loved it.


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Old 08/18/2011, 10:54 AM   #10
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The GPH on those Koralia pumps are notoriously inaccurate IMO. I use a Koralia 1 to mix water in a 5 gallon bucket and the water hardly moves. I can't imagine using that in a 10 gallon tank as my only circulation pump. I can see the scum on top of the water now. You might want to consider either upgrading or adding another powerhead.


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Old 08/18/2011, 11:25 AM   #11
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The GPH on those Koralia pumps are notoriously inaccurate IMO. I use a Koralia 1 to mix water in a 5 gallon bucket and the water hardly moves. I can't imagine using that in a 10 gallon tank as my only circulation pump. I can see the scum on top of the water now. You might want to consider either upgrading or adding another powerhead.
I agree that they are a little low, but I use a Koralia 240 to mix my salt water in a 5 gallon bucket and it works great. I have a Evolution 750 and a nano 425 in my 40B DT right now and it moves the water quite well. I have an extra 750 and might replace the 425 with the 750, but i don't think I would have to.

Anyway, a 425 would be fine alone in a 10g. I think 2 nano 240s would work "better" just because you could get a little more of a random flow.


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Old 08/18/2011, 11:52 AM   #12
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Looks like you have a HOB filter as well. This is also adding flow. You will prob be ok with what you have. A little more might not hurt, but Some on this site will mount a 300hp outboard in their tank as soon as they can figure out how to do it.


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