Powerhead needed?

  1. pitbull_nc

    pitbull_nc Member Member

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    This might sound like a crazy question but I am trying to find out if a powerhead is actually needed. I have had my saltwater tank for close to a year now without any issues. It is a 50 gallon tank and I run 100 gallon protein skimmer and a emperor 400 mechanical filter that is designed for a 75 gallon tank. My LFS informed me that I didnt need a powerhead with the skimmer and filter but I am trying to find out from some of the vets if that is true. (we all know LFS can mislead you). I have never noticed any issues without one and am trying to find out if it is needed and if so what are the reasons and benefits?
     

  2. e_watson09

    e_watson09 Well Known Member Member

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    Power heads keep your tank water moving which is good. If you have live rock power heads and liverock alone actually can act as a filter. I personally like power heads I think they also help with algea control.
     

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    Thanks I wasnt sure how beneficial they were but I believe I will purchase one now. It is funny because I got the idea to post this thread from your post about powerheads and you are the one that responded first. lol.
     
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    Haha, that's pretty funny. The only reason I haven't added one is because I had seahorses in the tank and its still a possibility I will add some so who knows with me. I make everything complicated! :p
     
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    I heard seahorses are pretty tuff to keep in an aquarium setting is that true? Sounds interesting though.
     
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    Yeah about 6 grand down the drain and another $200 to add to that within the next week as the two we currently have aren't eating. It is a pain and super frustrating. Once they are eating they are usually fine but its the moving them and getting them to eat which is the hard part.
     
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    wow. good luck with that. Let me know how that works out. Hope the best for you.
     

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