NO Flow and LOW Flow Zones in your saltwater reef aquarium? Good idea?

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Are low flow or no flow zones in your reef aquarium a good idea?

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LPS Bum

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Sure. I have a lot of fleshy LPS corals (Scolys, Acanthophylias, Cynarinas, etc) and all of them are in low flow areas. Not no flow, because all corals needs some flow, but none of these fleshy guys do well in higher energy environments. Just enough to keep them clean and bring them some food once a week.

So yes, depending upon what types of corals you have, lower flow areas can be very beneficial.
 

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I would say to at least have low flow would be better than anything. Im thinking at least enough to move detritus and waste to where higher flow can push it into the filtration and get filtered out. That's why i love the ecotech wave makers because they are so good at creating the random flow that your reef aquarium really needs i use 2 mp 40's and my 125 setup and will get the ecotech return pump when the older standard one i have now gives out.
 

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In a mixed reef most likely your gonna have too . Flow doesn't have to be really strong it just has to be consistent and tuned just enough. Ecotech Mp40 has a very good setting called nutrient transport. I sat down and watched the tank for a hour watching the flow pattern. I noticed it keeps my LPS Suspended up so I know its constantly getting a flow with out overwhelming it . The are pumps are close to sps . Also the rocks can prevent water flow depending on your aquascape . Flow has to be top 3 most important to get right .
 

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Some patches of slower flow are desirable, as they are good spots for fleshy LPS. However, areas with no flow are just dead spots. Great for detritus and decaying matter, bad for anything else. I like to have high flow through most of the tank, as it gives the fish some exercise, helps corals, removes detritus, and keeps the water oxygenated.
 
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