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- Aug 25, 2017
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This sounds like it's possible you may not have actual Loc-Line brand modular hose. Especially the part where it snaps on but is loose enough to "sags" when the flow is off. The Snaploc brand of hose, which is common on Aqeon tanks and few other manufactures use this brand hoseI recently got one for Christmas.
I like the concept and use it on my tank.
Here’s my personal experience.
The first one barely made contact with the Loc Line and would not stay on. It blew right off.
An extremely popular vendor wanted a picture. I took off my screen covers and put it on, holding my cell phone in my other hand. The nozzle blew off and as I tried to catch it I broke my Homewrecker.
Then the vendor suggested a different flow rate. It obviously was defective and I just wanted a replacement. After multiple back and forth e-mails with different employees questioning my problem they eventually replaced it. They did the right thing in the end but aggravated the hell out of me for over a week about it.
The new one snapped on properly and doesn’t blow off, however every time I turn off the return it “sags.” Once the return is turned back on it needs to be adjusted again.
I like the RFG, but it is something that needs to be fussed with regularly.
Make sure you read the directions. You need to rotate the nozzle so one of the fins is straight up. Also the nozzle needs to be parallel to the water and not angled down.
Once working properly it is a nice simple feature that contributes to random flow by the outlet.
What powerheads are you using in your 6ft tank?I never used one and like many things in this hobby feel it is un necessary and maybe even detrimental. I am not the God of random flow but I have been SCUBA almost since Cousteau invented the thing.
In most places in the sea the flow is in one direction except in very shallow water near the surf.
If you have dove in many places in the Caribbean, the flow goes one way. It certainly does not change every second. The tide in the tropics is very small so it hardly affects flow and if it did, like here in the North the water only changes direction every 6 hours so every 6 hours I reveres my powerheads.
I think a stronger flow in one direction is better. I have powerheads on opposite ends of my 6' long tank and when the flow merges in the center of the tank it makes a random flow. The fish that like that, can live there if they like. I can see it being more valuable in a small tank or spawning tank.
Just my opinion of course (Sorry people who make the device)
These Random Flow Generators from Vivid Creative Aquatics are so affordable and effective I thought they deserved a QOTD feature! Plus we can talk about other ways to get random flow!
What are they? This is from the VCA website: "The Random Flow Generator® Nozzle. by Vivid Creative Aquatics can dramatically change the way water moves around your aquarium. With the RFG Nozzle you can produce a more natural flow pattern while also simplifying your flow solution. The RFG has not moving parts, which means it is reliable and durable in the harsh environmental conditions inside your reef tanks."
So let's talk about them and your experience!
1. How many of you are using or have used a VCA Random Flow Generator and what are your thoughts on them?
2. What other ways have you been able to accomplish "random flow" in your reef aquarium?
On one end of the tank I have one of those long skinny ones, I forgot what they are called but it is near the surface and it really pushes water almost to the other side of the tank. I can't even keep it on full force or some water will come out of the tank. I have 3 smaller ones, I know one is a Korilia, which I don't like because they need constant cleaning. The other two are very old powerheads. Maybe 25 or 30 years old.. One is in the back near the bottom and it blows water through a hole in the reef structure.What powerheads are you using in your 6ft tank?
probably not yet - these kits where just (quietly) released - in fact we haven't even officially announced them yet. But, since where here, here ar ethe detailss.I have a Waterbox Mini Peninsula 25 and would be interested in trying one. Does anyone have a WBFK050 they no longer use and are willing to sell?
NJ shipping 07016. PM me if interested