aquarium power head

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  1. dvan

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    hello guys, i hope this is the right place to post a thread/question. I have a saltwater aquarium with a power head (wave maker) that is 110v 12 watts / and moves water at a rate of 5000 L / hour. i want to reduce this because it is too powerful. Anyone have any ideas besides shaving the impeller ? im thinking along the lines of something like a like dimmer switch ?
     
  2. wayneh

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    Any model number or other details? Maybe even a photo.
     
  3. alfacliff

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    what kind of motor on the pump? ac, dc, whatever?
     
  4. dvan

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    it doesnt say but im guessing it's ac current. the model number is JVP-102 .. also it is 60 Hz.. nothing else is on the label.
     
  5. dvan

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    i meant dc.
     
  6. bertus

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  7. dvan

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    yes that the one i have
     
  8. mcgyvr

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    The frequency is what controls how fast those AC motors spin.. A dimmer won't work.

    Use a mechanical solution like diverting/splitting the flow.
    or just buy a different one.
     
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