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    To gyre or not to gyre

    Looking for a little insight here. About to upgrade and increase the flow in my tank (180 gallon). Been looking at the maxspect Xf250s and thinking about putting one on each side with a couple of my koralias on the backside blowing forward. I just haven’t seen anyone’s tank using gyre pumps to get a good look at how they perform other than internet videos. What’s everyone’s opinion on best type of flow and equipment to achieve it?


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    Heard a lot of people were having trouble maintaining them and the fan fair has died down
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    Agreed. I was considering getting a couple for my 8' tank to alleviate some dead spots but found too many problems while researching them that I decided to pass. Just couldn't justify the initial expense, only to have to pay extra for quick fixes for the poor design. Problems I found were magnets not being strong enough for 3/4" glass and not being compatible with my controller, just to name a few.

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    Same, didn't bother after hearing all the issues initially. Maybe they are better now. Also, with acros, laminar flow isn't ideal but you get two and alternate current at least.

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    I have 2 synced together and they work great providing a smooth wave back and forth.
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    I'm giving the icecap 3k a try on one of my frag tanks...

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    Have one in each tank. One a Icecap, the other a Maxspect. Definately notice a difference noise-wise, but not with preformance. Cleaning is a pain however and affects preformance much more than with your typical powerhead. But I'm happy enough to keep them.

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    I'm pretty happy with mine. Other than the return from the sump, it's all I have running on my 6' by 3' tank, and I can only run it at about 60% or it will blow the sand around on the far side of the tank. I agree it does take more maintenance - if I don't take it out and scrub it every few weeks it will totally stop working.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frankc View Post
    I'm pretty happy with mine. Other than the return from the sump, it's all I have running on my 6' by 3' tank, and I can only run it at about 60% or it will blow the sand around on the far side of the tank. I agree it does take more maintenance - if I don't take it out and scrub it every few weeks it will totally stop working.
    When i see the cleaning instructional video I said this pump is not for me. There are so many fragile plastic components.

    My Ecotech pumps - I dip them in vinegar over night without opening anything and in the morning all nice and clean.

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    Thanks for all the input everybody.


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