Coralife recently released new wavemaker pump with a DC controller that allow you to create some customized flows in your aquarium. The Coralife DC wavemaker pumps are available in two sizes, the DC 2600 and DC 5600 which push 2,600 GPH and 5,800 gallons per hour respectively, with each pack containing two wavemaker pumps and one DC controller. While these wide flow, prop-style pumps with a controller are nothing new for high end aquarium propeller pumps, it is nice to see “budget friendly” companies like Coralife enter the fray. More info after the break.
Each Coralife wavemaker DC controller allows you to program one of four operational modes:
- Continuous Flow Mode: Adjust either pump to flow from 40-100% of maximum power to eliminate specific dead zones or create more current for coral health.
- Tidal Mode: The two pumps are positioned at opposite ends of the aquarium. Pump A runs at maximum flow while Pump B runs at low flow for 12-hour cycle. The two pumps then switch speeds after 12 hours so Pump A runs at low flow, while Pump B runs at maximum flow, simulating a natural tidal ocean current.
- Turbulence Mode: Both pumps begin at the lowest flow settings and increases up to maximum flow, then power off for five seconds before repeating. The run time to get from the lowest to maximum flow can be adjusted from 10-60 seconds.
- Continuous/Turbulence Mode: Pump A runs continuously from 40-100% of maximum power while Pump B is in Turbulence Mode.
The Coralife 2600 DC Wavemaker set retails around $300 and the Coralife 5800 DC Wavemaker retails around $400. Considering that both of these Coralife DC pump models push a hefty amount of water volume at a low price for two pumps and a controller, it’ll be interesting to see what kind of flow the Coralife DC pumps produce and how loud they are. Both should be available online and at your favorite Coralife retailer.