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Old 08-07-2017, 06:20 PM
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8 foot by 30 by 30 tank. Powerheads necessary?

My returns are two 3/4 Seaswirls that rotate left to right. Main pump is 3400 gph before head pressure and 1000 gph will be fed on a loop to the bioballs filter.
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Old 08-08-2017, 09:17 AM
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I'm not sure that Cypho's particularly like current...i certainly don't think its essential...a friend of mine has circulation pumps set up on a timer in each of his tanks. They come on for 30 mins every few hours and for the sole purpose of moving solid waste towards his filter intakes.
I have a surface skim overflow set up on my sump so that methodology doesn't work for me. I simply gravel vac my tank every 2 weeks to remove the solid waste.
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Not necessary. Enough filtration to keep your water clean and either enough filter current at the surface or air pump aeration to provide sufficient oxygen exchange is all you need. Remember, these are lake fish. Contrary to what some think there are some currents, seiches, etc. in the lake, but they're still lake fish, not fast flowing rivers, etc. Also, if you want successful spawning, it's a good idea to have a quiet spot in the tank, without a lot of current. Some have seen theirs be more shy if there's too much current and had them come out more in a quieter tank.
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Thanks. I appreciate your help! I'll save some money not having to buy more powerheads.
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