"What mode is best for my aquarium" is a question we're often asked. Our answer is always the same, "Whichever mode works best for your aquarium". Obviously, this is a difficult question to answer and there are many factors that influence the mode you use. Things to consider when deciding on a VorTech mode(s) for your aquarium are as follows.
Livestock: The corals, fish, and invertebrates housed within your aquarium
Rockwork: The amount and layout of liverock within an aquarium will impact flow
Pump Placement: An area where the VorTech can provide unobstructed flow is ideal
Aquarium Size: Size of your aquarium will dictate the amount and type of VorTechs
Additional flow: Other sources of flow are important when determining what mode to use and where to place your pump
After taking all of the above into consideration, every VorTech mode works very well but some may not be quite what your aquarium needs. For example, if you have an all SPS aquarium, you will obviously require a lot more flow. We like to use Short Pulse, Reefcrest, and Nutrient Transport for these systems. Soft coral and LPS are often found in lower energy areas of the reef and benefit from Gyre, Lagoon, and Tidal Swell.
We acknowledge it can be overwhelming when determining which mode/schedule is best. That said, closely monitoring your aquarium after making changes is the best way to gain a better understanding of how you should be programming.