Wavemakers in aquarium are one of the best ways to simulate the natural motion of the reefs.
They are generally a multiple outlet power strip that alternates power on a fluctuating basis to a set of power heads or water pumps located at various positions throughout the aquarium.
There are also wavemakers that manipulate a single return line from your main pump into multiple, random flowing outlets.
In my opinion, both can be employed with great success.
The use of powerheads in aquariums has long been the industry standard for creating good water movement.
They can be placed anywhere in an aquarium, helping to keep solid waste in suspension, and keeping stagnant spots from forming.
The mere act of plugging them into a wavemaker instead of a normal power outlet can create a perfect random environment for your fish and corals.
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The newer ideal of keeping power outside of the aquarium can also be employed.
There are now powerheads with only the moving part inside the aquarium, and the electrical outside.
These inhibit placement slightly, but provide the luxury of keeping the electricity outside of the aquarium!
Another device used to alternate current is the in-line wavemaker like the item pictured in the right.
Some models dont even require electricity! They are simply installed in-line between the pump and the multiple aquarium outlets and provide a random, alternating flow.
They give you the control to create a permanent fixture behind the rockwork, easily giving you the most flexibility of the group.
The newest wavemaking devices can actual create a wave!
They may be a bit pricey, but offer the home aquarist quite the advantage over the other traditional wave makers.
They actually move water through their structure creating tide cycles!
Although they tend to be bulky, they can easily be hidden from view and truly simulate the sensation of a reef.
Wavemakers in aquarium trully are one of the best ways to simulate our inhabitants’ natural environment. Once the benefits are enjoyed, there is no going back!
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