I received a couple of Tunze Nanostreams in the other day. Everyone has been eager to get an in depth view of these pricey water movers. So I take them to the Reef Builders lab (a 75 Gallon Tank) to see if they are as good as everyone says they are. Only time will tell and Tunze’s brand name is on the line here. Will they live up to other rock solid Tunze products? Or will they be an overpriced water mover that some in the industry scold?
Getting the box delivered was great, knowing that these have been in development for a few years and are Tunze’s response to the Vortech and Hydor Koralia’s. Tunze has already released the nanostreams in 6045 and 6025 flavors. The 6025 Tunze nanostream puts out a respectable 660/GPH, while the Tunze Nanostream 6045 puts out 1189/GPH, which is quite a jump from the 6025. The 6055 has a controllable flow rate from 264 to 1,453/GPH which is an improvement of 300 GPH over the 6045. That isn’t that big of a jump, Tunze knows this and added the controllable feature to entice you to linger to their sub $300 water pusher.
Opening the familiar blue box that said TUNZE over and over we are presented with cables that are thick and seem to be higher quality then most underwater cables, such as the Hydor Koralia’s. The two magnets that were also included were incredibly strong, it is a good idea that you don’t get these accidentally connected before you want them to be, your going to have a hard time prying them apart with a screwdriver.
Installation was a breeze, simply put the coupler around the Tunze nanostreams attach the magnet, then place them in your tank where you want them. Grab the second magnet and attach that to the outside of the glass. and your done! Hmm, I can’t wait to get these guys turned on! They come with a long 10ft cord that on the end of it comes to a little black box where you can connect your power and controller device to. Either the 7095 Multicontroller or the 7091 single controller.
The Tunze Multi Controller 7095 comes with a “night mode” option, which is a sensor that senses for light in the room, like for example lets say that it is night time, the controller will scale down the flow so your fish will not be accidentally sucked up. A very nice feature that the Vortech Controller copied from.
I need to remind everyone that these to not push more water then the Tunze turbelle streams, and they shouldn’t they are more then one/half the size, easily hideable almost anywhere between your live rock. These should be considered when you want something that is smaller and you don’t want to push quite as much water. These are great for aquariums up to 125 gallons in my opinion.
Overall these are really nice pumps, very expensive but well worth it. If you are serious about building a reef, you need to be serious about water flow, these pumps will make your corals very happy with all that water they get blown their way. I give these pumps 4 out of 5 stars. Taking one star back for the price.