How to Choose the Best Location for Your Wave Pumps

Hi everyone I’m Ike from Current-USA and today we’re going to give you some tips on choosing the best location in your aquarium for your wave pumps. Next to aquarium lighting, water flow and water movement in your aquarium is probably one of the most important elements you can depend on for a successful reef. Your corals depend on it for gas exchange, for maintaining pH, and just overall health of the coral. And be sure to stick around because at the end of the video we’re going to give you some additional tips that help make sure you’re focusing on your beautiful corals and your fish and not on your wave pumps. Almost all corals love water flow and virtually every reef hobbyist will tell you one of the key elements in a successful reef aquarium is providing them with optimal water flow. But it’s important to know what flow mode and where you position your pumps how that will affect your corals and ensure that you won’t damage them. If you’re keeping LPS corals or any invertebrate with long tentacles, you want to make sure that you’re not positioning your wave pumps where they’re providing direct water flow that’s too strong and may damage their soft tissue and at the same time you want to ensure that they’re not positioned in a location where those long tentacles may get sucked up and damaged. A better way to ensure your corals get strong indirect water flow is to utilize the glass panels of your aquarium and your aquascape to deflect water around the entire aquarium. Many large soft corals also rely on water flow to stay upright so positioning your pumps in a location which provides them indirect pulsing water currents will keep them standing up and in their natural state. If you have any corals in your aquarium with stinging sweeper tentacles such as a torch coral, you’ll want to ensure you position your wave pumps in a location that provides them indirect water current and doesn’t encourage their tentacles to sting other corals at night. SPS corals love water flow and they can handle a lot more direct strong current. If you’re keeping a lot of SPS corals, place them in the middle to upwards portion of your aquarium where they not only will get more light they’ll also be getting more direct water flow. When you aquascape your aquarium ideally you want to leave adequate room for your corals to grow while also providing circulation throughout the entire aquarium. If your reef aquarium has a rock wall, leave enough space behind it for strong water current this will allow you to place your wave pumps in back areas of the aquarium and use both the glass aquarium wall and your rock work to direct water current throughout the entire aquascape. Try to avoid placing your wave pumps in a location where strong direct water currents are pointed directly at your rock work. This is the common area where most of your corals are going to grow and placing your pumps here can often bring more attention to your equipment and not what’s inside your aquarium. Another consideration you’ll want to keep in mind is most aquariums will end up having an area where there’s very little water flow and this is the area where your cleanup crew likes to hang out. Position your pumps to direct the water flow and make this area easily accessible for you, this will make cleaning and siphoning leftover food and debris easy. Ideally you’ll want to mount your wave pumps in the middle to upper portions of your aquarium and not too low where it may blow the substrate around in your tank. You’ll also want to make sure you don’t mount them too close to the water surface otherwise you may start sucking in air or creating waves too big for your aquarium. Here’s some additional tips to ensure your focus is on your beautiful corals and fish and not on your wave pumps. If your lights are mounted in a way that provides shadowing in certain areas like the top back corners of your tank, place your wave pumps here, it’s going to bring a lot less attention to them. If you have a black background on your tank don’t be afraid to mount them on the back wall and swivel the pumps to change the directional water flow the black color of the pumps will blend right in with the background. If you have taller gorgonians and soft corals, anchor them in a position that may help hide the wave pumps. And one last tip, keep your pump cables organized. Nothing can be more distracting than seeing a hanging cable on the side of your aquarium. Tuck them up and behind the back of the aquarium and keep things looking sleek. If you’re using a pump pre-filter on your way pump, keep it clean nothing can be more of an eyesore than a dirty filter over your way pump. If you have any additional tips of where hobbyists should put their way pumps and make sure they’re not an eyesore, please share them in the comments section below. For additional aquarium tips, please subscribe to our YouTube channel.

17 thoughts on “How to Choose the Best Location for Your Wave Pumps

  1. I've got a 125gal tank with the loop system return pump, lights and 2 wave pumps. Just setting the tank up and was wondering, if I've got the return on one side, should I place both wave pumps on the opposite side as the return or one on each side? Also, any word on when the app and Bluetooth option will be available?

  2. How you keep the little circular sponge filters around the outside of the pump? I love the two Current-USA pumps; the work perfectly on our 65 gallon saltwater aquarium.

  3. I have a return in the center of my aquarium. Right now I have the 2100 pumps on the sides near the front glass. I tried putting them in the back and I was not getting adequate flow on my mixed reef. I only have two and I was wanting to add the 3rd. I have noted the sps near one of the pumps has been stning. Where do I mount the 3rd and do I need to get a 2100 for the 3rd steady stream pump or get a smaller one? I thought about putting the 3rd at the bottom, in the back, but the the aquaruium overflow will block the air on one side. I do have another pump that is not a current I can add to hook it up to my wavemaker for he other side at the bottom. I have been currently using the highest pulse mode. I also thought about getting 2 gyres, one on each side of overflow box at the top in the back. The returns to the aquarium are flowing in on both sides. Help need suggestions for my 150 gallon.

  4. Hi to all, I just want to share my experience with current-USA. I have a Coralife Biocube 29, I Manage to upgrade the light system from the T5 fluorescent to the LOOP orbit marine IC LED system (very easy to adapt), also I connect a 6004 eFlux wave pump to the system not only that I manage also to introduce inside the third chamber one 6009 eFlux DC flow pump to maximize water flow and filtration, everything is controlled using my Iphone thanks to the LOOP Bluetooth Controller that keeps all components connected to just one unit. Clean, and feed features make really the difference to accomplish this tasks with minimum effort, finally the experience reach all the way to the top with the audio experience when a scene is selected and the Aquarium showcase start.

  5. Sooo that oddly long tentacles that different from the rest is a sweepers? Wow didn't know about that… Nice vid ?

  6. Just bought my first 75 gallon aquarium, I have owned many aquariums and the last biggest one was a 54 gallon corner tank. Any suggestions on what power heads I would need for a 75 gallon reef would be great. Definitely going all Current. Current light, current return pump and power head.

  7. Why can't we expand the number of wave pumps on the Bluetooth controller !? I have a ~2' tall 35G Hex I have three pumps but since the last pump is stream only I feel I need one more to get the flow variations I'm looking for. Do you have any advice ?

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