Aquarium Pumps: Fish Tank Pumps & Aerators | Petco

Aquarium Air Pump is very helpful for any fish tank setup. it is easily buy form amazon …..
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Do some research on whether to buy one or not, because this is a highly subjective question. It all depends on the type, number of fish and the size of your fish tank. In the case you plan for the mega fish tanks, the fish tank air pump should certainly be on your checklist!
Next, I would like to share with you the reasons in which you should use fish tank air pumps for your freshwater tropical fish.
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The Marina 200 Fish Tank Aquarium Air Pump can be used in aquariums roughly 35 to 60 gallons size. The Marina air pump performs efficiently and quietly, and provides air for increasing water movement and turbulence. This high power air pump is designed for rich oxygenated water and can also operate air stones, air curtains, and air-actuated ornaments. This fish tank air pump features two outlets and soft rubber feet for vibration suppression. If you don't have a fish tank air pump you could use for this, I recommend buying the inexpensive and silent .
Photo provided by Flickr• High-performance, large volume, this oxygen air pump is ideal for small and medium-sized fish tank plus oxygen
Photo provided by FlickrThe Aqua Culture Single Outlet Aquarium Air Pump is a smart choice for anyone who wants a reliable aquarium pump for their fish tank
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However,it is impossible to have a great fish tank if you do not use the proper heater, pump, or filter. Each one of them is suitable for a different tank size, different fish and so on. Most people who have a fish tank have problems finding a good air pump. Often they do not really understand how it works or why they should use it.Watch more How to Take Care of an Aquarium videos:

To decide if you need an air pump for your aquarium you want to look at the other pieces of filtration that you have and determine whether or not they are sufficiently providing oxygen for the aquarium.

I like air pumps on fresh water aquariums. They're great at supplementing oxygen into the water. Most fresh water filters don't do an adequate job at adding air or oxygen to the aquarium simply because they're cannister style or they're hang on and they just don't agitate the water enough to really push oxygen into the water. As your fish grow the oxygen demands are going to increase as the fish get bigger.

Also, when the water warms up in the summer the water has a lower capacity to hold oxygen, so an air pump is going to be very beneficial to add that extra air that's needed. Dissolved oxygen is very, very important to fish, to bacteria, and even to plants at night. Plants and algae need oxygen at night.

So air pumps are relatively inexpensive. They're pretty quiet nowadays. And I don't see any reason not to have one on a fresh water aquarium. Again, on salt water your filtration should be stout enough to not require the need for an air pump.

But, once you do go with an air pump, you want to make sure that it's installed properly. If you have your air pump located below the aquarium and the power goes out it's possible to create a back siphon of water through the aquarium line into the air pump, and it'll result in siphoning all the water from your aquarium onto the floor. You can avoid this by going with a very inexpensive two to three dollar check valve that will go inline on the air line from the pump to the air stone in the aquarium.

Other things to consider is the type of air stone. There's air stone that will produce fine bubbles and ones that will produce coarse bubbles. Depending on the needs of the aquarium fine bubbles will give you a little bit more surface area, and that's going to give you more oxygen. But sometimes they don't break up as easily and it'll result in water that looks a little bit cloudy.

So I like nice, thick, coarse bubbles, and four or six inch air stone works great. Put it behind a rock or a plant and it creates a very nice visual look to the tank while adding critical oxygen to the environment. And keep it on all the time. Keep it on 24/7.The air pumps offer a quiet operation with a maximum airflow for tanks ranging from 10 to 100 gallons. Each pump includes a sound-damping chamber with a dome shape to prevent sound waves from radiating back into the tank. These air pumps produce an abundance of bubbles and have a very active airflow for fish.Many times people add an (powered by the air pump) to their aquarium simply to provide a beautiful flow of tiny bubbles. There are all different shapes and sizes of air stones, as well as ornaments that function with an air pump. (Remember the old opening and closing treasure chest in the Dr.'s office fish tank?) Some Air Stones and ornaments also include LED lighting for dramatic effects.