Powerheads are water pumps of various sizes and capacities which can be completely submerged in water. Powerheads are used in saltwater aquariums to move water around in the tank as well as between the tank and a number of pieces of equipment (i.e. protein skimmers). Powerheads are primarily used to duplicate the water movement (surface waves and surge or swell) in the oceans.
Not all aquarium powerheads are created equal. Although there are only a few units suitable for running wavemakers, there are many that have a lot of lifting power that are suited for use with protein skimmers or as a water pump, while others work best for UGF enhancement, if attachments are included. Most all can be used for generating water movement and circulation in aquariums, but taking the time to compare maintenance requirements, cost, features, and GPH rates will help you make a wise choice.
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Hagen's AquaClear Powerheads are true workhorses. These are very well constructed, epoxy filled units which seem to last forever. Two of the models offer a reverse flow feature.
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These fully submersible water pumps revitalize hard-to-access "dead spots" in your aquarium. Magnetic base with articulating ball joint allows a full, 360-degree range of convenient pump positions. Directs water movement to areas of your aquarium never possible with conventional powerheads. Patented propeller design generates water flow that is both powerful and delicate. Suction cup and magnet mounting system measures 2-3/4" diameter and is suitable for aquarium glass up to 1/2" thick. Available in flow rates from 240 gph to 3,250 gph.
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The Hydor Pico Evo-Mag Circulation Pump was specifically designed for small nano aquarium systems. This powerhead installs inside the tank and is secured in place with an outside-the-glass magnet. The magnet-suction cup base with articulating ball joint allows directional flow anywhere along a 360-degree axis.
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Users have found that theMaxi-Jets
by Aquarium Systems are not only excellent units for any aquarium job, but they are one of the few powerhead pumps that can withstand the constant on/off strain of being used with wave making devices.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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Tunze has an amazing line of powerheads, circulation pumps, electronic controllers and other devices to meet an aquarist's needs. Primarily designed with high efficiency and aquarium care in mind, Tunze's Turbelle brand pumps have various features, but all are quiet and easy to maintain, equipped with low heat emission and power consumption motors, and one of the most appealing features is they can be mounted on an aquarium with Tunze's patented magnetic holder. With too many other great functions to list here, visit Tunze.com to learn more about these and the many other aquarium products this company makes.
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Azoo Powerheads are available in 5 sizes with water flow ratings from 48 to 660 gallons per hour. These economically priced powerheads are equipped with a durable plastic impeller that produces very good water circulation. Each powerhead includes a detachable air pipe to increase efficient gas exchange in your aquarium, The suction cup mounts make them adaptable to many applications, including filters and fountains.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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Cobalt International Multi-Purpose Powerhead Pumps
Cobalt International Multi-Purpose Powerhead Pumps are high quality pumps which are manufactured in Italy. These multi-purpose pumps great for use with wave makers, protein skimmers, calcium reactors, nano aquariums, undergravel filters and any application where reliable water movement or circulation is essential.