Return pumps are an essential component for many fish tanks. They are used in all-in-one tanks, water changing stations, and in aquariums sumps or refugium sumps. It is the heart of the aquarium and thus the very piece of equipment in your setup that you do not want to fail. You can argue that next to an Aquarium Heater, a failed return pump can be disastrous not only for your livestock, but to your home in the event of a flood or leak.
The goal with this post is not to point you to the cheapest aquarium return pumps or the most expensive ones. I'm going to point you to the highest quality and reliable pumps available today on the market. This is a component of your system that you should not skim on. You want an aquarium return pump to last forever, be quiet, and to be relevantly maintenance free.
Technology has gone a far way since I started in aquariums. Before, there were standard powerheads that would distribute a fixed flow and stream in your water column. Now you have these items called wavemakers that provide a wider and more powerful stream of water flow in your aquarium. A lot of manufacturers have entered the fray release their own wavemakers, but what is the best aquarium wavemaker?
There are so many wavemakers out there and now there are DC powered wavemakers that have a ton of controllability. Which one is the right one for you? Today's post hopefully will clear that all up for you in deciding what wavemaker will work best for your aquarium.
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