How much flow is too much?

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How much flow is too much? I have a canister filter, small hang on back and a power head on my 5 gallon reef tank. Today I turned an aquaclear 50 into a refugium. Should I take the power head out or leave it. I am asking this because I'm not sure if it is too much for my tank

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Need some info... What size is your tank and what kind of filters are you running?


 
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5 gallon tank and a sun sun filter. Not sure what model and an aquaclear power head and an aquatop 10 filter.

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Yea that's probably way too much flow, even the smallest sunsun canister is rated for 30 gallons I think. Bluestreakfl may know.


 

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Ok I just realized this thread was in the Saltwater section... all you should really need is live rock for filtration and a refugium to grow chaeto.
 

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What do you have in the tank? I think a canister filter might be a little too much. Do you see anything being blown around?


 
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AquaticBrandon said:
What do you have in the tank? I think a canister filter might be a little too much. Do you see anything being blown around?
Mushroom coral. Grean star polyps. Some zoanthyds I think , sorry for the spelling and some stony polyp things o forgot the name

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Hi,
Nothing wrong with a lot of flow in a reef tank. Science doesn't even know how fast a natural reef turns its water. The corals and stock will tell you if it's too much.

A canister on a nano tank could be asking for bad things - think nitrate factory. Depends how often you want to clean it out.

Most of the answers you are after are covered well in the Saltwater Beginners stickies, so I won't regurgitate what we already have

EDIT: I will add, that
Dom90 said:
Ok I just realized this thread was in the Saltwater section... all you should really need is live rock for filtration and a refugium to grow chaeto.
I slightly disagree, it's not always this simple. Yes LR should be primary bio filtration, but there are alternatives to chaeto, not to mention, the most important aspect is understanding what one is doing. I have no refugium, no chaeto, no macro algaes of any sort
In fact, macro algae growing is quickly becoming 'old-school' in terms of nutrient control
 
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