Simple and efficient controller streamlines the creation of natural currents that promote healthy aquariums. Just plug the Hydor Koralia SmartWave Pump Controller into an electrical outlet and the unit is ready to work. No complicated programming is involved. Simply turn the knob and select one of two available programs to enjoy water currents essential to nourish and feed aquarium inhabitants, remove "dead spots", as well as regulate your aquarium's water temperature.
Alternate Mode activates one pump while the other remains OFF. This pump sequence alternates to create currents that simulate ocean tides. Synchronous Mode activates both pumps simultaneously and then shuts off both pumps to recreate currents typical of barrier reefs. Select time interval settings from 5 seconds up to 6 hours for custom aquarium water movement.
Koralia SmartWave has 2 three-prong outlets that accept circulation pumps and other electrical aquarium devices up to 100 watts each. Smartwave works with Koralia circulation pumps and most aquarium pumps available on the market compatible with quick ON-OFF sequences. Plug in an automatic fish feeder to experience the added convenience of keeping your fish fed, even while you're away. Program one or two feedings. Compact, Smartwave has a built-in hanging eyelet for convenient installation inside your aquarium cabinet. Unit is UL approved and water resistant. 7" x 8" x 1-1/4" thick. 6 ft power cord.
Importance of Water Movement in Aquariums
Many aquarists overlook the importance of water movement within their aquarium. Water current is essential to nourish and feed your aquarium's inhabitants, as well as clean and regulate your aquarium's water. Think of water movement in an aquarium as a cool, steady breeze on a hot, summer day. The breeze helps regulate temperature, move stagnant air, and refresh your surroundings, creating a more pleasant experience.
Aquariums with poor water movement develop "dead spots" where organic debris settles, creating the ideal matrix for nuisance algae to grow. In addition, poor water movement hinders biological filtration, which in turn, raises toxins to dangerous levels. In essence, an aquarium without water movement is like a dirty mud puddle hostile to most animals and unpleasant to look at.
As water circulates throughout the aquarium, many beneficial events take place. Heat is evenly distributed for stable water temperature, debris and particles are stirred up and removed through mechanical filtration, and efficient gas exchange at the water surface releases carbon dioxide and gains oxygen to help maintain pH level and oxygenate the water. Currents also benefit your fish, offering slight resistance when swimming and delivering fresh, oxygen-rich water.
The simplest way to supplement water movement within your fresh or saltwater aquarium is by adding a powerhead, switching current water director, or better yet, connect your powerhead to a wavemaker to create a dynamic system.