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Hello all,

We are new to the hobby and struggling with the best way to set up our wave makers.

Our aquarium is 4ft x 24 x 24 we have 2 Jebao SOW- 9 units linked together. Just can't seem to figure out the best setting for good flow.

What settings and placement would you guys recommend to try?

We currently have 1 torch, 1 hammer, 1 scoly, 1 acan, a few zoa, a small group of firecracker cloves,1 blasto, 1 black widow anemone, 1 tube anemone, some GSP, a few fish, 1 cleaner shrimp and clean up crew (snails and hermits)

Have been set up since late december.

Thank you in advance for any guidance that you can provide.
 

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Do you have sand in the tank?

As far as the corals are concerned, you’re looking for flow that will jostle around the corals with tentacles, but not make them look like they’re in a hurricane.

Plants, animals, and corals all utilize the environment around them for chemical exchange. Just the same that you inhale oxygen, plants and chemicals have their version of this. However, they can’t walk around like you can so they rely on the wind and water flow to provide the “inhale” they need, plus “exhale” the stuff they don’t need. Think of water flow in that capacity and your eyes will give you a nice idea of adequate flow.
 
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Yes, I do have sand. It is a little finer grain than I had originally hoped for. Bimini Pink.

Ok, I will keep playing with them until I find something that works. There are so many different "modes" that I just don't know which is best for the motion that you speak of. I keep either getting a tornado or hardly any motion on the flowy corals.

Thank you for your explanation. :)
 

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Yes, I do have sand. It is a little finer grain than I had originally hoped for. Bimini Pink.

Ok, I will keep playing with them until I find something that works. There are so many different "modes" that I just don't know which is best for the motion that you speak of. I keep either getting a tornado or hardly any motion on the flowy corals.

Thank you for your explanation. :)
I have Jebaos and like the "else" mode myself. It's random flow.
 

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Where do you have them placed on the glass?
I have 3 wave makers in my RSR 300. 2x Nero 3 on the side glass near the front and one Nero 5 on the back right glass. for a while I had the Nero 3s on the back glass, but the results weren’t very good. I’d suggest up front opposing each other. Don’t blast your torches and run your pumps in random mode. You will see a lot of discussion regarding turnover rate, but that is old news I think. Now it is recognized that turbulent flow is more important than turnover rate. Ignore the algae, I am dealing with some stuff right now, lol! My torch is looking pretty happy so here’s a video for your reference:
 

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I have 3 wave makers in my RSR 300. 2x Nero 3 on the side glass near the front and one Nero 5 on the back right glass. for a while I had the Nero 3s on the back glass, but the results weren’t very good. I’d suggest up front opposing each other. Don’t blast your torches and run your pumps in random mode. You will see a lot of discussion regarding turnover rate, but that is old news I think. Now it is recognized that turbulent flow is more important than turnover rate. Ignore the algae, I am dealing with some stuff right now, lol! My torch is looking pretty happy so here’s a video for your reference:

Sorry for the late response I was out of town. Thank you for the visual. I will keep playing with it until I get the movement to look like that. Right now I have my 2 on the sides toward the back about 4 inches below the water surface with the heads angled toward the front glass hitting about at the center of the front glass. Before I had them on the sides like yours but higher. When I added the anemone it seemed that now matter how I adjusted the flow the anemone was getting its toupee blown off no matter where it moved to. LOL I didn't want it to move under a rock to where I couldn't see the pretty guy so I started moving them around. Probably not the wisest choice since my torch has been ticked ever since.
 
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