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What is being discussed is actually surge type of water movement. You can set this up with most controllable powerheads/wavemakers, but running them random will not generate that type of water motion.Lol...Do only wave makers do this? I have neros on random.
Hi @SawCJack00. thanks for asking.
Thank you for your input @Joe Glass CagesHi @SawCJack00. thanks for asking.
hmmmm... so many factors here. How large of waves will be generated. the larger the waves, the lower the water height will need to be to keep the water in the tank.
The strength of the silicone is about 470 psi. Thats a lot and may be more than most would think. Seam and build quality are a must. Should be for all builds though. Must have a leveled stand with the tank supported on the entire bottom with an aquarium grade pad.
I didn't do all the calculus to generate all the forces involved. would have to make some assumptions on water, wave height, tank size and so on. The aquarium pad and tank build quality are a must for this. with out a pad, there is nothing to absorb the continual adjustment in forces.
So with all that, I can't share a definitive conclusion. I can sure our experience. many of our tanks have wave makers in them and we are not hearing of any issues. We have also built many tanks for traveling displays. These tanks have been installed in trailers. Now those tanks have to withstand some unique wave action. No issues with those tanks either and the tanks were build with our standard build process.
Great question. hope that helps.
By random I think most people at the same time. Meaning, not just moving a powerhead every now and then. Your anemone probably found a place it liked with the flow and then you move it. Good random flow will not last a long time.I am a bit new to the hobby. I do not have a wave maker but do have a powerhead for flow. I see a lot of comments about "random flow". I have noticed my inhabitants do not like when I move the powerhead to change the flow a bit. Is this common? My long tentacle anemone seems to be the most upset if I even slightly adjust the powerhead.
drat, i thought no one had mentioned acrylic tanks. acrylic tanks use welded seams? a standing wave in a 72” 180G (acrylic) tank would look pretty sweet.714albert
06/11/2011, 07:47 AM
My sisters 180gal. acrylic tank seam failed, and lost all water within it. The tank had a Tunze wavebox with a 1 to 1-1/2" wave. The tank was ten plus years old, whether it was the tank age or the damage caused by the constant wave? My sister replaced her acrylic tank with a glass tank and she is using her wavebox with the same wave height.