SCWD Wavemaker - Switching Current Water Director (Squid)

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3IQ Ventures The SCWD (pronounced "squid") is a revolutionary device designed to provide alternating currents without the use of electricty. The SCWD mounts inline with 3/4" tubing, the two ports alternate the output, the bottom port is the input. A great alternative to expensive electronic ball valves. The SCWD will run on any pump with a minimum output of 50 GPH and a maximum output of 1400. The switching speed and current duration is dependent on the volume of water flowing through the SCWD. You can control the duration by controlling the flow going through the SCWD. Can be submersed for use with large power heads or used externally.

SCWD is regarded by industry experts as the most energy efficient wave-making product on the market. It replicates nature by generating alternating currents within a tank or pond. These currents stimulate coral, fish, and plant growth and keep other aquatic life healthy because of the tank or pond? increased water currents and oxygenation.

A great product with a full 90-day manufacturer`s warranty.

Flow into SCWD SCWD TD Output Efficiency Switching Duration
150 gph 90 gph 60% 22 seconds
180 gph 120 gph 65% 16 seconds
240 gph 180 gph 75% 12 seconds
270 gph 210 gph 80% 10 seconds
330 gph 240 gph 80% 9 seconds
400 gph 360 gph 90% 7 seconds
600 gph 540 gph 90% 5 seconds
720 gph 660 gph 90% 4 seconds

Specifications

Converting psi to feet:
Fresh Water
Multiply the psi by 2.31 to derive feet. example: 5 psi X 2.31 = 11.55 ft

Salt Water
Multiply the psi by 2.25 to derive feet. example: ex: 5 psi X 2.25 = 11.25 ft

 

 

The SCWD (pronounced “squid”) is a revolutionary device, designed and manufactured to provide years of reliable service. Clearly the most efficient wave maker on the market, coupled with unique and patent pending free-flow, low back-pressure features, this compact product is the best mechanical current generating device available on the market today.

 

This unit has been tested and is approved for use with pump applications not to exceed 1400 GPH and a maximum of 5 psi, with a minimum rating of no less than 50 GPH. To get the maximum benefit and safest operation from this product please carefully read and follow all instructions and recommendations contained in this manual.  

 

 

    

 

 IMPORTANT SAFEGUARDS 

 READ AND FOLLOW ALL SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS - Even though this is not an electrical device, care should always be taken during installation, maintenance, or removal.

 

WARNING — To guard against injury, basic safety precautions should always be observed, including the following.

 

DANGER — To avoid possible electric shock, special care should be taken in the use of aquarium equipment.

 

1. It is important to avoid the possibility of an electrical aquarium accessory or receptacle from getting wet. Position the aquarium stand and tank to one side of a wall mounted receptacle to prevent water from dripping onto the receptacle or accessory plugs. A “drip loop” (shown in Diagram 1) should be arranged by the user for each power cord connecting an aquarium appliance to a receptacle. The “drip loop” is that part of the cord below the level of the receptacle, or connector if an extension cord is used, to prevent water from traveling along the cord and coming in contact with the receptacle.

 

DANGER - If the plug or receptacle does get wet, DON’T unplug the cord. Disconnect the fuse or circuit breaker that supplies power to the appliance. Then unplug and examine for presence of water in the receptacle.

 

2. Always unplug any accessory when not in use, before installing or removing parts, and cleaning.

 

3. Do not use any aquarium accessory for other than the intended use.

 

4. Do not install or store the SCWD or other accessories where they will be exposed to weather or temperature extremes.

 

    

 SCWD WaveMaker

INSTRUCTIONS 

 Manufactured to the highest standards of quality and reliability, your new 3iQ Ventures LLC SCWD WaveMaker is designed to provide convenient, trouble-free operation. Careful attention to these instructions is the first step in ensuring that your wave maker will perform as intended.

 

Please Read All Instructions Completely Before Attempting to Install and Operate Your wave maker.

 

1. INSTALLATION

Special Note - Although there are many different ways to install your new SCWD, the following instructions reflect the preferred method of installation. In addition, even though your new SCWD is not overly sensitive to the normal particulate and debris found in aquarium systems, to ensure long life, water must be filtered prior to entering the SCWD.

 

a. Measure and cut two pieces of 3/4 inch (ID) hose for the two outlets. For best results, it is strongly recommended that both outlet hoses are cut equal in length, leaving the SCWD centered between the two outlets (ref. Diagram 1).

 

b. Measure and cut one piece of 3/4 inch (ID) hose that will be connected to the water pump, canister filter, or powerhead outlet at one end and the SCWD inlet on the other. It is recommended that an inline valve be installed between the water pump and the SCWD to allow for flow adjustment, and for ease of removal and cleaning of the outlet hoses if required.

c. Install one hose on each outlet of the SCWD by applying firm, but even pressure, until each hose is fully seated. It is recommended at this point that you install worm clamps for added protection against leaks and the possibility of the hose coming loose. Do not over-tighten the worm clamps.

 

d. Install the inlet hose using the same operations noted in 1.c., paying close attention not to exert too much force on the nipple.

 

e. Once all hoses are mounted and clamped, you are now ready to install the outlet elbows and nozzles on each end of the outlet hoses. By combining rigid elbows to form an angle over the aquarium side you can adjust the position of the outlet nozzles to give you the desired current affect. The configuration of the elbow is such that it will hang over the back of the tank on both sides like an upside down “U”, ref. Diagram 1. At this time, you should support the SCWD by mounting or hanging the SCWD from the back of your tank using a coat hanger (or suitable wire)

 

f. Connect the inlet hose with the inline valve to your pump, canister filter, or powerhead outlet. Be sure to use a worm clamp to avoid any potential leakage.

 

 

 

 2. OPERATION 

 Congratulations! You are ready to begin operation of the #1 wave maker on the market.

 

Make certain the device (SCWD) is securely installed before operation.

 

a. Open the in-line valve between the water pump and your SCWD so that it is approximately half open. This is a precautionary step to prevent a full force surge to the SCWD when using some of the higher volume and pressure pumps.

 

b. Apply power to the water pump. Verify water outlets are expelling water and that there are no leaks at any of the connections. Verify that the device is switching water flow between the two outlets. Now open the in-line valve to desired flow.

 

Helpful Tip - Switching speed and current duration is dependent on the volume of water flowing through the SCWD. Higher volume pumps will naturally cause a quicker switching response than lower volume pumps. By adjusting your inline valve you will be able to regulate both the amount of flow and the switching speed.

 

 

 

3. MAINTENANCE 

 a. Provided all instructions and tips are followed in the previous pages of this manual, your SCWD is designed and manufactured to be trouble-free. It is recommended, however, that you inspect your SCWD for general serviceability whenever maintaining your aquarium.

 

b. Inspect your SCWD and all hoses and their connections for leaks.

 

c. To assure proper water flow, inspect inlet hoses, outlet hoses, and nozzles for algae and slime build-up, and clean if required.

 

Helpful Tip - To prevent harm to fish and invertebrates, never use soap or detergents when cleaning your aquarium and supporting equipment.

 

4. TROUBLESHOOTING

a. There are very few things that can go wrong with the SCWD: If a problem should occur, please follow the recommendations for the specific conditions listed on the following page. Most problems are attributed to water that has not been sufficiently filtered prior to flowing through the SCWD. As mentioned earlier as a Special Note in section 1, Installation, water should always be filtered prior to entering the SCWD. 

 

 

 

Symptom - Switching speed to slow

Remedy - Check pump for proper flow/pressure rating

 

Symptom - Switching speed inconsistent

Remedy - Check hoses for algae and slime obstructions.

 

Symptom - SCWD is noisy or stops abruptly, stops and starts sporadically

Remedy - Foreign debris is lodged in switching mechanism. Flush out unit to dislodge debris.

 

Verify prefiliter is installed and is not clogged or restricting flow.


Manufacturer Info

3iQ Ventures was conceived in 2000 and established as a LLC in 2002. 3iQ Ventures was established to develop and market “innovative quality solutions”. Paul Muscarella, Daniel Wilson, Darryl Wooldridge are the Leadership Team of 3iQ Ventures, LLC, bringing various and complementary talents and skills to the enterprise.


Warranty

Manufacturers Warranty: 90 Days

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No power wavemaker
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Inexpensive, used no power
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Newer one did not last very long, 4 months
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I have used these for years, they use no pwer and when plumbed through my return lines to a good job of making waves in the tank. My first one lasted years, my second only 4 months. I hope this one lasts as I will go another direction if it doesn't
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Save your money

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Bought 2 - 1" SCWD Wavemakers. One worked for about a month, other maybe two tops. I tried multiple times to take them out and clean them, but they stopped turning. My requests to the company for support fell on deaf ears. There are much more reliable and support products on the market I wo...Read More
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Frag tank love

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Great little product for my frag tank, no need for a couple of powerheads
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Seems OK

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I replaced the one I had which wasn't working. I read some of the reviews which were not very positive. My prior one worked probably for a couple years before it went belly up. I would be happy if I get another 2 years out of this one. But would be even more happy if I didn't have to replace ever...Read More
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So far so good !

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Squid has been hooked up and running for 24 hours and no problems. It does reduce total overall flow a LITTLE so you should probably have a pump that makes just a bit too much flow to start with. It was quick and easy to set up. Did not add the recommended shutoff valve or quick disconnect. Would h...Read More
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Great Sqwd

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Works great
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It outlasted my tank

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I bought the 3/4" version in the early 2000s, when that's all that was available. I had it on a 75 gallon reef tank and I was very happy with it. I ran it on a 1200GPH 3/4 Iwaki. Like most others, I had the returns on the left and right hand sides of the tank. As long as you have good flow goin...Read More
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