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  • Just a quick note to thank you again and express my appreciation for all your help on this purchase. Your guys are great!
    - Rich
  • Thank you for the excellent service. Very impressed with service from you folks.
    - Tim
  • I was kind of leery about shelling out that kind of money without knowing what kind customer service I would get. Not anymore! I now feel like I made a wise choice.
    - Nicole
  • John was excellent in answering all my questions and even talked at length about new products and fish related stuff. I really enjoyed doing business with this company!
    - Travis
  • I just want to say thank you greatly for all of your assistance! I am highly impressed by your customer service focus.
    - Nicole
  • The item that I purchased was delivered a lot faster than expected, not to mention a professional job packing the light.
    - Michael
  • Thank you, John, for your prompt attention... I will definitely order from you guys again!
    - Jack
  • Tank is gorgeous. Whole family is loving it. Now we're spending our evenings watching it instead of TV!
    - Joan
  • Just like your feedback points out, you guys are great to deal with. I look forward to many more future purchases.
    - Lenny
  • Thanks again for the great service it was a pleasure dealing with you. I will definitely be recommending people your way.
    - Pete
  • It's been a long time since I've had such great customer service. I truly appreciate it and will be using you from here on out.
    - Eve
  • I want to thank you for you service. I will be recommending you to all of my fish friends and to the ten different fish clubs that I belong to.
    - Charles
  • We can't thank you enough! The chiller just arrived as you promised and we are back in business! You are a miracle-worker!
    - Dr. Delbridge, PMP
  • I've been in the hobby for almost 5 years now and have dealt with a lot of vendors. I am very impressed with the packaging and fast shipment!
    - Thai
  • When it comes time to buy a new tank. Fish Tanks Direct will be the first place I go...
    - Marc
  • Customer satisfaction is certainly a top priority for you, and we would definitely want to do business with you again.
    - Janet
  • I am writing this e-mail to say thank you for your great customer service.
    - Jimmy
  • The tank was delivered safe and sound. More over... the way it was packaged up for shipment was Excellent!
    - Darren
  • I couldn't find a better price on the item I wanted! The best price and the best service? You guys are great.
    - Dave
  • Fish Tanks Direct is PHENOMENAL! Their customer service is hands down the best I’ve come across in 10 years of reef keeping.
    - Wesley
  • I must say as being a business owner, I commend your company on the customer service and speed of your deliveries.
    - Rob
  • Thank you very much for your fast and efficient service... awesome!
    - Marlene
  • Just wanted to say thanks again for all you and your team did in assisting me with the fish tank. It looks great and I'm a very satisfied customer.
    - Scott
  • Thank you, John!!! Great customer service... give yourself a pat on the back!
    - Dary
  • Thank you sooo much for all your help. We love our new acrylic tank and setup. Everything is so much clearer and the color of the fish is much truer.
    - Jone H

Pumps & Powerheads

Submersible pumps: These are pumps that can be fully submersed in saltwater. You can put them inside your sump or tank, but they must be FULLY SUBMERSED in water to operate properly.
External pumps: These are used outside your sump only. You install via a bulkhead from your sump to the pump, or with some up and over pipework and self-prime the pump. These pumps can not get wet. The main advantage to these type of pumps are durability and power. They have sizes for just about any size tank. Experts recommend turning the water of your tank over 5 to 10 times per hour in a fish-only system. In a reef tank, we recommend turning the water over least 10 times per hour (many hobbyist go up to 40 to 50 times/hour).
Internal/External: Obviously these pumps are capable of being plumbed outside the sump, OR can be plumbed internally with supplied fittings.
Circulation pumps: Circulation Pumps are typically added inside the display area of the tank itself to generate even flow amongst corals and rockwork. These units mostly have cages or fish guards on them so water is free to be dispersed in a broad direction rather than Power Heads, which are much more directional. They can also be added to Sumps to help stir up and remove detritus from dead flow corners. Most Circulation Pumps can also be connected to a "Wave Maker".
Power Heads: Power Heads are generally used inside the tank as Circulation pumps and/or Reactor pumps.  These pumps usually have hard return nozzles for very directional flow so you can connect them to Reactors, UV Sterilizers, or even Protein Skimmers via flexible hose.  They can also be added to Sumps to help stir up and remove detritus from dead flow corners.  Most power heads can also be connected to a "Wave Maker".
Auto Top Off Pumps: These are used along side of Auto Top Off control units to Automatically pump Top Off (R/O) water into a low level sump or aquarium system.
Dosing pumps: These pumps are used to automatically add supplements such as Cal, Alk, Mag, or even liquid coral foods to the aquarium in small, regulated and scheduled doses.
Wave Maker: Wave Makers are control units that are programmed to make the connected Power Heads/Circulation Pumps actually pulse to create a wave current. This adds natural flow to the aquarium and nicely benefits corals as well. Most Wave Maker units are usually programmable by pulsing every 5 or 10 minutes and even down to less then a second in pulsing intervals. These are available in the Wave Maker category.