Waveline WavePuck 101: Assembly, Installation and Operation.
T he new Waveline WavePuck is a fully controllable flow pump that moves up to 3000gph and consumes no more than 30 watts of power in the process. The broad flow water movement will encourage coral growth instead of blasting it away with harmful “hot spots” associated with other wave pumps!
With it’s unique articulating magnetic mount, the WavePuck can easily get the flow precisely where you need it. The rear of the WavePuck has a convex rounded shape that fits neatly into a concave mounting magnet, allowing the pump assembly to gyrate in any direction.
The WavePucks’s low-profile magnetic mount offers a 25 degree range of motion and the entire pump is capable of rotating 360 degrees!
The WavePuck Multi-Function Controller allows you to create pulsing or surge effects with its easy to set waveline mode as well as the expected feed mode. Simply set your desired max power/flow setting and it’s on and off power cycles. You can also set the pump’s run time to facilitate night mode by shutting the pump down till the run time resumes.
For all those that desire more controllability, the WavePuck can link up to most 3rd party controllers by using an available 0-10 volt port. This makes the pump very versatile and almost universally compatible with most system controllers including the APEX by Neptune Systems or the Reef Angel among others.
Before we get started, let’s make sure that everything is included and nothing is missing from the box.
The box should include:
- WavePuck Pump
- Power Adapter
- Magnet Mount Base
- Instruction Manual
Assembling and installing the pump is fairly straightforward. Once we have selected an optimal spot that is not too close to the water surface, it’s not pointing to the substrate where it may create a sand storm, it is time to install the pump. First, ensure that the glass thickness is no more than 3/4 inch.
Then we must clean the selected area to remove any film from the surface. This can be easily accomplished with a simple razor.
Separate the pump from its magnet base and proceed to carefully separate the base from the exterior magnet mount. Install it in your desired location within the aquarium.
These magnets are very strong so PLEASE be careful not to pinch your fingers or have the magnet slip out of your hands as it may damage the glass or acrylic.
Once the base is secured, we may install the pump head to the base by simply placing the head next to the base. The magnetism will pull the pump head into place. Now, you can rotate the pumps output to your desired flow direction.
Once the pump has been installed, it is time to mount the controller.
Choose a location that is away from heat, excessive humidity and NEVER mount the controller over open water.
Affix the controller to a flat surface such as the wall or outside your aquarium stand with 2-sided tape that can be found at most retail outlets. Please, be sure that the cable reaches the pump and the cable connections have proper drip loops to prevent any components from getting wet.
Connect the WavePuck to the controller and then, connect the power supply to the controller. Finally, connect the pump to the power outlet and run the pump for the first time.
On the underside of the controller press the on and off switch to turn the pump on.
The controller box has an assortment of buttons, a few ports and a display.
The L button on the left allows you to turn the controllers display screen light ON and OFF.
The R button engages FEED mode that pauses the pump for 30 min.
The navigation on the right is compromised of 4 directional arrows to navigate through the controller options and parameters and an OK center button to save your changes.
The controller has three running modes:
- Option 1… Waveline mode
- Option 2… VDM mode
- Option 3… Feed mode
To switch between the available modes, Press OK and then use the UP/Down arrows to switch between option 1 , 2 or 3. Once you select the desired mode you can continue to the next available setting by hitting the right button.
In Waveline mode we start by setting up the running time. If you want to turn the pumps ON from 8 am to 9 pm, you would set the start time to 08:00 and the stop time to 21:00 Hours. This also means that the pump will be completely OFF from 9 pm to 8 am the next morning.
If you just want the pump to run continuously 24/7, just leave the start and end times the same.
Next we can set the Power or intensity for the pump. You can select from 10% up to 99% max flow.
The next setting is Power Cycle. You can set the pump to automatically switch on and off at different preset times ranging from 1 and up to 60 seconds to recreate a surging effect. To run the pump at constant speed, just set power cycle to 0.
We strongly suggest you start with Constant Speed to configure your pumps water flow speed, positioning and direction of the output flow.
Then the final step is setting the time on the controller which is displayed at the top right of the controller screen. Time is set by using military time and be sure to press OK button to save.
This video is more of a quick overview meant to get your WavePuck up and running for the first time. If you would like a more in-depth view of the WavePuck’s VDM mode including connection and programming, please look out for our upcoming video: Waveline WavePuck: VDM Advanced Control.
In addition to the Waveline and VDM mode, the controller includes a Feed mode. When activated, the controller will shut down the pump for a preset length of 30 minutes. The length of the feed mode cannot be modified.
To activate feed mode, just press and release the R button. The controller will display Option R confirming that the feed mode has been activated. The pump will resume its previous operating mode after 30 minutes.
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