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Old 11/09/2017, 04:19 PM   #1
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Most reliable "stream" pumps -Tunze/Hydor/Sicce

Hi all,

I'm in the process of buying a larger tank (125,150,135). I'm going to need surface and water column movement.

What brands do you recommend?

Tunze seem to be the most expensive? Are they better then Hydor or Sicce?

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Old 11/09/2017, 04:40 PM   #2
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I’ve tried a lot of brands. Tunze is my favorite. Few parts to malfunction and seems to last forever.


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Old 11/09/2017, 04:44 PM   #3
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Without a doubt tunze


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Old 11/09/2017, 04:59 PM   #4
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Tunze for sure i have a 6000 that i have had for over 10 years and still works


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Old 11/09/2017, 05:31 PM   #5
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Sounds like I'm going to have to spend BMW money if I want BMW performance.

No bargains.

Which models do you recommend for a 6' tank?

I've got tangs and so I'm buying a 6' tank (maybe a 5' 135).


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Old 11/09/2017, 06:25 PM   #6
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According to Tunze, 2 x Turbelle 6105 would be about right for that size tank.

https://www.tunze.com/en/catalogue/k...-infoxunter064


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Old 11/09/2017, 06:59 PM   #7
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I have two tunze 6095’s and am very happy with them.


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Old 11/09/2017, 07:20 PM   #8
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You will NOT find a better or more reliable powerhead/wave maker than the Tunze’s. There are many many of us who have been running the same Tunze’s for over 10 years. I have two 6205’s and one 6105 in my main display that I beat the daylights out of and only clean every 2 to 3 years when they look like rocks covered in coraline and they never skip a beat. On and off every fraction of second all day long, every day for 7 years straight. I’ve been in the hobby for over 30 years now and I’ve never owned a more reliable piece of equipment. In total, I have 6 Tunze’s in my systems (2x 6205, 1 x 6205 and 3x 6095) and none have ever let me down. I’d never buy any other brand power head because Tunze doesn’t dissapoint and they last unlike any other power head/wave maker out there.


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Old 11/09/2017, 07:46 PM   #9
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Though I favor vortech for many reasons, nothing tops tunze for reliability. I had a set of them run for me for almost a decade before selling them off.


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Old 11/09/2017, 09:04 PM   #10
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Think that about wraps up your question!��


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Old 11/09/2017, 09:14 PM   #11
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Old 11/10/2017, 12:22 AM   #12
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If you can handle cords in the tank: Tunze. Otherwise, Vortech because it's your only option. I can't wait until that patent has expired and Tunze releases their version.


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Old 11/10/2017, 07:49 AM   #13
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This is question is a good litmus test for which members know what their talking about and which don't; because it's unequivocally Tunze. That's one of the rare few things that everyone who has spent time in this hobby knows. It's almost an insult to even put Hydor and Sicce into the same comparison as Tunze. The only noteworthy competitor are the Vortechs.

Now, if Eheim made powerheads...


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Old 11/10/2017, 08:53 AM   #14
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Tunze without a question


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Old 11/10/2017, 11:43 AM   #15
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Plus Tunze comes with Roger


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Old 11/10/2017, 11:47 AM   #16
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If you can handle cords in the tank: Tunze. Otherwise, Vortech because it's your only option. I can't wait until that patent has expired and Tunze releases their version.
That's an interesting observation. Though I don't find my vortechs to be particularly temperamental, I've always assumed that driving the propeller through the glass is an inherently trickier design problem; and that if even tunze tried it they'd have similar 'issues'.


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Old 11/10/2017, 02:50 PM   #17
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My Sicce Voyager 4 and 2 have lasted a lot longer than than my Tunze 6015s and 6045s. I use the Sicces for mixing saltwater and in my QT tanks. I have a Jebao RW15 and Coral Box QP16 in my DT.

Personally, I think the Tunzes and Vortechs are overpriced; and Vortechs, too many bad stories, but not with Tunze.


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Old 11/10/2017, 04:22 PM   #18
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Vortech makes a quality pump. But two things I could not get use to was when the motor would rev up the whining sound. (I heard they are better now) and the Mickey Mouse ears with the cord hanging outside of the tank.

I have purchased many pumps over the years and I find the Tunze pumps fit my needs and will last forever if you take care of them...

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Old 11/10/2017, 07:39 PM   #19
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Vortech makes a quality pump. But two things I could not get use to was when the motor would rev up the whining sound. (I heard they are better now) and the Mickey Mouse ears with the cord hanging outside of the tank.

I have purchased many pumps over the years and I find the Tunze pumps fit my needs and will last forever if you take care of them...

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The new vortech QDs are near silence, but having the motor in the water is inherently quieter.

I put the vortechs on the back glass, thus solving the ‘Mickey Mouse ears’ problem.


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Old 11/10/2017, 08:39 PM   #20
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I've had three tunze pumps ranging from 10 to 14 years. My youngest, 10 years, has run nonstop with irregular cleaning. The two older ones get started every once in a while to mix up saltwater and waiting for me to get my big project up and running when i settle down with work, but still ran continuously for 5-7 years with no failures or breakage prior to dry dock. They have been the most stable pieces of equipment I have ever used in my tanks bar none.


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Old 11/10/2017, 11:53 PM   #21
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Roger has always treated me right when there was a problem


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Old 11/14/2017, 10:37 AM   #22
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Now, if Eheim made powerheads...


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Old 11/14/2017, 02:19 PM   #23
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Another vote for tunze. I had several and they all lasted about 10 years. I cleaned them only a couple times. Only had a problem once and Roger fixed it quickly with no hassle at all.


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Old 11/14/2017, 03:10 PM   #24
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I meant like a real one, that thing is absurd. I bet it's a tank though


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Old 11/15/2017, 07:39 AM   #25
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Not thrilled with new tunze stream size and design is engineered but needs a smaller sibling and more compact. Vortech is a solid platform some have had issues but for me been running a solid 5 yrs so bought a new Q for other side and its silent. I runs the tunze 1073.4 in sump and it has been running for 8 yrs and just replaced magnet but still worked


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