Vortechs and Sea Swirls?

patsfan1130

Premium Member
That's a lot of flow for a 4' 90g. what is powering the SS? Not saying it's too much. What type of tank are these on/ going to be on?
 

Daniel Reef

New member
I don't have the tank equipment installed yet. I plan on installing Pan World 200PS Magnetic Water Pump for my return. It has 1750 gph.
 

patsfan1130

Premium Member
It's not required IMO. For an sps tank, I would prob go with 2 Vortechs. 2 would be ok as well on a non sps tank as well but you would more than likely be dialing them back a bit. all that being said, In my opinion....Vortechs start to get fun when you have 2 :)
 

tkeracer619

Premium Member
Ditch the sea swirl and go with the two vortechs. You do not need that much flow going through your sump. It actually can cause issues with a 90g.

I would shoot for a pump half the size. Around 900gph.
 

kvosstra

New member
I'd do the 2 vortech's and a smaller pump on the seaswirl. I would go for a 500-750 gph pump would be just fine. Consider a Eheim 1262.

Best,
-Kyle
 

Daniel Reef

New member
The return pump is attached to my return manifold, which has two lines back to the DT and another line to a series of three small media reactors. I plan on turning down the vortechs so that they don't make as much noise and don't work as hard.
 

rbnice1

New member
Even turned down you wouldnt need more then the 2 mp40's unless you are turning them down below 60%ish. And you are going to be in microbubble hell running that much flow through your sump. You will want about 550-800gph return and 150-200gph for your reactors.

This from experience. I had a 90 sps tank with 2 mp40's before i upgraded to the 155.


Oh... As long as you dont run in short or long pulse mode, and stay below 85%ish power you wont hear your mp40's.
 

username in use

Sciencing Daily
I would keep at least one sea swirl. They do a great job of moving water to different areas of the tank, and then augment it with a vortech or 2. And plus 1 o less flow through the sump. 750-900gph through a single sea swirl would be wonderful for adding a lot of randomness to the vortechs.
 

albano

SALTWATER since '73
Premium Member
Probably be better (and slightly cheaper) to go with smaller return pump and 1 sea swirl (since you need a return anyway), in addition to 1 or 2 MP40s, (add second MP40 when you go to SPS). My present system is a 130G with 1 SS, and 1 MP, and a 170g with 1 of each. I have a thread on MR that shows the tanks http://www.manhattanreefs.com/forum/tank-threads/60301-dream-come-true-setup-albanos-house.html
On my new 450g build, my return is thru 3 sea swirls, with 3 mp40s on rear wall, and a CL with Ocean Motions 4 way...looking for ALOT of flow. My build thread is http://www.manhattanreefs.com/forum/tank-threads/63397-hundreds-corals-fish-free.html
 

floridazooguy

New member
I had a 90g aga tank with 2 sea swirls and loved the flow. I made both lines in my over flow box go to my sump and had two return lines with pvc go striaght to my sea swirls. I did have to cut my over flow box slots and use screen.
 

waldomas

New member
I have a 6' 180 gal w/ two mp40's (one on each side). Mt return pump is an eheim 1262 going through a 1" seaswirl. I love the random flow I get when the ss crosses paths w/ the vortech. I think it would be great in a 90 gal. as well! Maybe a smaller return pump w/ a 3/4" ss.
 

mcoomer

Rat Bastard!
I'd rock two Sea Swirls and MP40W's in that tank. You can always dial them back until you find the right amount of flow.

Mike
 
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