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Wave goodbye to waves in your tank?

How important is it to recreate waves in your reef aquarium?

  • Very Important

    Votes: 135 24.0%
  • Somewhat Important

    Votes: 191 33.9%
  • Not Too Important

    Votes: 134 23.8%
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    Votes: 100 17.8%
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revhtree

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Wave makers are basically water surge devices that are used in aquariums to produce waves that are similar to that of seas and oceans.

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One thing I don't see as much lately as I used to see in the hobby are people who using wave makers and power heads to create actual waves in their tank. It was all the rage back in the day! :p Is it just me or was that a trend that is no longer popular? Let's talk about it!

1. How important is it to recreate waves in your reef aquarium?

2. What are some of the pros of having more natural wave action in your reef aquarium?

If you have any wave videos from your tank please share!

 
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I've read that the wave action can put quite a bit of stress on the tank seams.
I just go for random flow.
I have heard that as well.
 
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Is this a DUD of a topic today? HAHA!
Does 1/4” count as a wave? If so, then yes I make waves.

More random flow though lol.

I use a mix of gyres, MPs and returns positioned accordingly to get a nice back and forth movement throughout the tanks. In doing so, I end up with 1/4” or so waves up top lol.
 

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I guess i think of a wave with the back and forth of the corals. Maybe I have a random flow. I have 2 eflux 2100gph set on opposite sides of the tank set at 30%. One kicks on the other is off. I dont get water sloushing around.
I'm not sure if this is a true wave or not.
 

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Remember when people were trying to create a "standing wave" in their tanks? Basically, timing the wave inputs so that the waves met at one spot, creating a hump in the water's surface. Essentially, aquatic resonance. That just seemed like spilled water waiting to happen.
 
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I use a real Wavebox that I made out of a Tunze. The thing moves 100% of the tank water all the time. I use them in every long (rectangle) tank that I have - they are a must have for me.

I wonder how many people who voted have actually used one?

1990 built Oceanic tank in my house with no structural issues. Perhaps some of the vendors need to build a better tank?
 
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My tank would have to be somehow connected to the ocean to make "natural" waves.

Current and water movement provide the "circulation system" for sessile animals and plants that gather food, nutrients, and O2 from their environment. Very important, but actual "wave" replication would also need to consider tides, currents, storms, connected with temperature and many other parameters to mimic oceanic water movement as it impacts a reef.
 

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When I had a 240G, 8ft long tank, I had a wave maker and would have again if I had a tank that long. BUT with my small 40G tank now, it wouldn't make a lot of sense and would likely make a mess, so I just go for a randomized flow pattern.
 

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I use a real Wavebox that I made out of a Tunze. The thing moves 100% of the tank water all the time. I use them in every long (rectangle) tank that I have - they are a must have for me.

I wonder how many people who voted have actually used one?

1990 built Oceanic tank in my house with no structural issues. Perhaps some of the vendors need to build a better tank?
For the record, I've used several types (including the Tunze Wave Box). I love the motion and the circulation, but I'm not going to risk tank failure on 460 gallons...
 

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Considering making waves can damage glass tanks with seals. I dont tempt it. Specially with a 135g tank built in 1982. I do however. Have all my power heads pointed up this way corals dont get blasted directly with flow.

Flow meets in the middle of the tank and crashes all over the tank when it meets. This is the best way to position regular power heads in my opinion
 

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For the record, I've used several types (including the Tunze Wave Box). I love the motion and the circulation, but I'm not going to risk tank failure on 460 gallons...
At 460 gallons you are already in the "risk taker" category, imo :)

I do wonder how much additional stress a wave maker creates vs. standard pressure from a water column?
 

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