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stuie25
07-27-2011, 05:19 PM
i just bought a 12g CAD lights tank, it has everything built into it but i want to get another power head of some kind. i know the mp10 is the "bmw" of power heads but is it really going to be any better in a 12g than say an hydor koralia nano or something like that.

i guess im justing wondering if it would be worth spending the money on upfront or should i just stick with a cheep one for now.

this is my first tank and i dont plan on putting a lot in it for now, maybe a few fish and some softies.

lorenz0
07-27-2011, 05:49 PM
depends what you want to keep. I like the option of pulsing flow. If your just looking into some soft corals i would buy like a 6025

beefORchicken
07-27-2011, 06:00 PM
it can depend on what you want to keep, but the mp10 has 2 advantages and thats a small footprint in your nano, and function (sleep mode, feed mode, wave maker etc.). you can always upgrade to one later..hehe

stuie25
07-27-2011, 06:28 PM
ive seen a few mp10s on ebay recently for under 200 but they have what im assuming an older model controller, its not the white one with the knob and trippy lights. its just a little box that says vortech

fishytime
07-27-2011, 07:38 PM
Personally, I would go for the vortech..... Any other powerheads will look like a football in a nano:lol:..... And you can adjust the output to suit your needs..... And you will have it for the upgrade:wink:

lorenz0
07-27-2011, 08:57 PM
^^^
true, if your willing to dish out the cash why not.

toytech
07-28-2011, 01:58 AM
I like my korali nano in my 15 gal , its way smaller than the k1 i was running and it was like 27 bucks , i might add another one just because there soo cheap.

noirsphynx
07-28-2011, 02:48 AM
Personally, I would go for the vortech..... Any other powerheads will look like a football in a nano:lol:..... And you can adjust the output to suit your needs..... And you will have it for the upgrade:wink:

+1

syncro
07-28-2011, 03:23 AM
My vote is for a Koralia.

Same flow (roughly, see latest issue of Advanced Aquarist on pump flow) for 1/10 the cost. Put the money to fish, coral or other more important equipment.

At worst, if you hate it you will only be out $30 maybe less if you see to another reefer.

You probably don't know what your next tank will be - perhaps a 90 gallon too large for a MP10 or perhaps you will get out the hobby.

This is a weak vote though... I bought a used MP10 on impulse for my first tank!

fishytime
07-28-2011, 04:03 AM
My vote is for a Koralia.

Same flow (roughly, see latest issue of Advanced Aquarist on pump flow) for 1/10 the cost. Put the money to fish, coral or other more important equipment.

At worst, if you hate it you will only be out $30 maybe less if you see to another reefer.

You probably don't know what your next tank will be - perhaps a 90 gallon too large for a MP10 or perhaps you will get out the hobby.

This is a weak vote though... I bought a used MP10 on impulse for my first tank!

same flow?......a MP10 will put out 1500 gph according to the manufacturer, 2460 gph according to the test....... the koralia that compares to the MP10 is the K5 at 1650 gph and 2600 gph respectively.....have you seen the size of a K5?:wink:

syncro
07-28-2011, 04:43 AM
have you seen the size of a K5?:wink:

haha..I am guessing by your comment, the K5 is a big mofo. :) There are smaller pumps that style... maybe I'm thinking of the Tunze Nanostreams.

PFoster
07-28-2011, 05:35 AM
I had 2 MP10's on my old 24g tank which is like 1 mp10 on a 12g.... sorta.

I had a couple spare Tunze 6055 and MP10's and in the end I ended up using the MP10's as they took up so much less room in the tank and I didnt have to have the power cord coming up and out the top of the tank. Basically the cleanliness is why the MP10's ended up in my tank.

riceboy
07-28-2011, 05:48 AM
i vote the mp10 small footprint is key lol, especially when its only a 12 gallon, heck i'd get a mp40 and leave it at the lowest setting and it won't protrude out as much as a k2 lol and you can use it later on for your upgrade to a larger tank lol

lorenz0
07-28-2011, 06:50 AM
My vote is for mp10 as well, its worth the cost. I love my tunzes but like mentioned above, they take up alot of room. IMO if I didn't have my tunzes I probably would be running vortechs

TheMikey
07-28-2011, 07:04 AM
I have an MP10 in my 15G right now and it is probably the best upgrade I've done. I put it into "Reef Crest" mode and my tank has exploded. My SPS has coloured up, has exceptional new growth, and everything is thriving. Definitely tossing a vote for the MP10.

stuie25
07-30-2011, 10:04 PM
well i guess its setteled then. I will be starting a new journal monday or tuesday for my 12g build.