The 10 Best Aquarium Wave Makers
This wiki has been updated 7 times since it was first published in January of 2019. Proper water circulation is vital for the well-being of your aquarium’s fish and plants, so a quality wave maker is an important component of many tanks. It'll simulate currents experienced in natural environments to help evenly distribute oxygen, carbon dioxide, and nutrients throughout, while reducing detritus buildup. Here we rank different models based on ease of use, adjustability, and price. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.
February 26, 2019:
We included models that only offer one constant speed setting as well as others that offer remote controls, wireless access, and many modes -- to fit all budgets and needs. The highly affordable Sunsun Submersible is a relatively bare bones option, yet it’s reliable and quite powerful, to boot. On the other end of the spectrum is the deluxe Ecotech Marine model featured here, which is priced much higher and can be controlled from anywhere via a PC or your smartphone, thanks to its web-based command center. If energy efficiency is a priority, look to the Tunze NanoStream or the Aquastation DC4000. No matter what, it’s important to make sure the one you select is suited for your tank size and provides the strength of current you need, as different marine species are used to natural water flow of varying intensity.