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Aquarium Water Circulation: How Pumps & Powerheads Help Create Ideal Water Flow for a Reef Tank

By MarineDepot, 04/13/19


Wave makers and flow pumps do more than make corals sway like they do on a reef. 

Water flow is an integral part of coral biology and necessary for keeping corals in captivity.

Do you know the science behind the benefits of water movement in nature and our reef tanks?

Today we're discussing the basics of water flow and the benefits it brings to our aquariums as well as look at how it can benefit your coral specifically.

#aquariumflow #aquariumwatercirculation #reeftankflow


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Aqua Illumination (AI) Nero 5 Pump: https://mdshop.us/Nero5_

Reef Octopus Octo Pulse Pumps: https://mdshop.us/Octo-Pulse

Tunze Turbelle Stream & NanoSteam Pumps: https://mdshop.us/Tunze_Pumps

Maxspect Gyre Pumps: https://mdshop.us/Maxspect-Gyre

IceCap Gyre Pumps: https://mdshop.us/IceCap-Gyres

Neptune Systems WAV Pumps: https://mdshop.us/WAV-Pumps

Innovative Marine WaveLink Pumps: https://mdshop.us/WaveLink

Current USA eFlux Pumps: https://mdshop.us/eFlux-Pumps

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Hydor Koralia Pumps: https://mdshop.us/Hydor-Koralia

Aqamai KPS WiFi Pump: https://mdshop.us/KPS-Wavemaker

Eheim Stream On+ Pumps: https://mdshop.us/Eheim-Stream-On

JBJ Oceanstream Pumps: https://mdshop.us/JBJ-Oceanstream


Nero 5 Pump Review: https://youtu.be/PnDD_kPD3XE

Nero 5 Pump Interview w/ AI: https://youtu.be/hYh_NmnL_Dk

Octo Pulse Pumps by Reef Octopus: https://youtu.be/DOsp9IcEg_U



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Long MH, Berg P, de Beer D, Zieman JC (2013) In Situ Coral Reef Oxygen Metabolism: An Eddy Correlation Study. PLoS ONE 8(3): e58581. doi:10.1371/ journal.pone.0058581

Osinga R, Derksen-Hooijberg M, Wijgerde T, A.J. Verreth J (2017) "Interactive effects of oxygen, carbon dioxide and flow on photosynthesis and respiration in the scleractinian coral Galaxea fascicularis"  The Company of Biologists Ltd | Journal of Experimental Biology (2017) 220, 2236-2242 doi:10.1242/jeb.140509

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