Water Movers: What powerheads are you using and are you happy with them?

How happy are you with your powerheads/watermovers?

  • Very Satisfied

    Votes: 415 52.5%
  • Somewhat Satisfied

    Votes: 296 37.4%
  • Somewhat Dissatisfied

    Votes: 55 7.0%
  • Very Dissatisfied

    Votes: 17 2.1%
  • Other (please explain)

    Votes: 8 1.0%

  • Total voters
    791
Top Shelf Aquatics

joec

Well-Known Member
View Badges
Joined
Nov 29, 2016
Messages
737
Reaction score
454
Tunze 6040's are great for my 3" 53G. Quiet, super small footprint and bulletproof
 
Mega Meltdown After Sale

Radman73

Valuable Member
View Badges
Joined
Feb 10, 2016
Messages
1,332
Reaction score
1,393
Location
Winter Garden, FL
My 220 leaked so I downgraded to a WB130(in size, love the WB) so I was able to jump back onto the Vortech bandwagon. I added an additional MP40 to go with my "old" one. I could never convince myself to spend the $ on MP60's, but the MP40's are much more palatable. I used to run an MP10 on my BC29 and an MP40 and MP10 on my 60 cube. Love them.
 

Brew12

Electrical Gru
View Badges
Joined
Aug 14, 2016
Messages
21,709
Reaction score
56,384
Location
Decatur, AL
Completely agree! Dont forget parts are available and reasonable. When an mp40 has an issue you have to buy a whole new wet side. Not the case with gyre.
The one thing I will say is that the recommended maintenance on them is horrible. I did it for the first 4 month I owned them and had nothing but struggles. They were noisy and took forever.
I’m doing my normal cleaning now.
E275A086-6B15-496C-B48B-1C5287690C73.jpeg

Unplug the controller, line the shipping container with a plastic bag filled with vinegar. Soak for 2 hours. Done for a month. I've only taken 1 of the 4 apart in over a year and a half, and that was to get a snail out of the cage.
 

sghera64

Well-Known Member
View Badges
Joined
Sep 20, 2013
Messages
962
Reaction score
1,019
Location
Fishers, IN, USA - 3rd rock from the sun
I've used Jebao RW8 and RW15 in my frag tanks and DT (respectively). They are powerful for the price and have nice features, but all 6 of them have failed after about 18-42 months of service. I've since switched to Coral Box' (still Jebao I suspect) Quite Pump Plus'. I now have two QPS16 pumps in my DT (that's all I need, its plenty) and some QPS 5's (should have gotten QPS9's) in my 50 gal frag tank.

The QPS's are about the same water movement for the $$ as the Jebao with improved wave and timer features. They tout the QPS pumps being German engineered, but who know. It is way too early for me to know if these will last longer than the RW's
 

Peace River

Thrive Master
View Badges
Joined
Apr 29, 2014
Messages
10,285
Reaction score
66,224
Location
Central Florida, USA
Currently I am using standard power heads, but am planning to move to gyre pumps (maybe the Maxspect or waiting for the #reefoctopus Blade). Additionally, I want to tie the pumps together with the #Hydros WaveEngine in order to take a more systematic approach to flow (and limit power bricks).
 

Billldg

Going off the reef end!!!
View Badges
Joined
May 14, 2018
Messages
10,516
Reaction score
71,101
Location
Georgia
The one thing I will say is that the recommended maintenance on them is horrible. I did it for the first 4 month I owned them and had nothing but struggles. They were noisy and took forever.
I’m doing my normal cleaning now.
E275A086-6B15-496C-B48B-1C5287690C73.jpeg
Not really sure what the suggested maintenance is, lol, I just pull the cages and the impellers and brush them off monthly.
 

Bob Lauson

Active Member
View Badges
Joined
Oct 31, 2017
Messages
407
Reaction score
684
Location
Ada, MI
I am using two Neptune WAV pumps and am reasonably satisfied. I liked the low profile on the outside of the tank. I had one fail after two years and they sent me a replacement for 50% of the new price. I was soaking in vinegar to clean them every couple of months so maybe that we the reason for the failure. I intend to switch to citric acid going forward.
 

batfish5

Member
View Badges
Joined
Apr 10, 2011
Messages
53
Reaction score
46
Location
ohio
NERO 5 I have one in each of my 4 tanks.Those things are BULLET PROOF lol.Bought all 4 when they first came out just clean and they keep on running.
 

Brew12

Electrical Gru
View Badges
Joined
Aug 14, 2016
Messages
21,709
Reaction score
56,384
Location
Decatur, AL
Not really sure what the suggested maintenance is, lol, I just pull the cages and the impellers and brush them off.
Too much work for me, I'm lazy! It takes less than 5 minutes of my time per pump, including all set up and clean up. It just doesn't get any easier than that.
 

Frogger

Active Member
View Badges
Joined
Feb 19, 2018
Messages
252
Reaction score
365
Location
Burnaby British Columbia
Hydor Koralia
Hydor Koralia are very short lived. I have gone through close to a dozen of them over the past 8 years. They either seize up, stop working or start going backwards. I do not use them on a wave maker only on all the time as a timer makes their lifespan even shorter. Currently the longest one I have that still works is about 6 months old. I currently are using 3 of them. Not sure they are worth the price given their lifespan

I bought my Maxspect 150's when they first came out many years ago and they still work great. One controller malfunctioned after a year and a half but was replaced under warranty from the store no problem. My set of 250's is great as well.
 
Mega Meltdown After Sale

Is your current reef tank the BEST reef aquarium you've ever had?

  • Yes

    Votes: 281 70.4%
  • No

    Votes: 85 21.3%
  • It's a tie

    Votes: 13 3.3%
  • Other (please explain)

    Votes: 20 5.0%

Online statistics

Members online
2,081
Guests online
4,390
Total visitors
6,471
All-natural and sustainable live rock alternative
Top