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Does Your Fish Tank Need an Air Pump? | Aquarium Care

Does Your Fish Tank Need an Air Pump? | Aquarium Care

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.

45 comments on “Does Your Fish Tank Need an Air Pump? | Aquarium Care

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  2. Really easy to understand way of explaining thanks! I just got a small tank today only 90L but good size for the room, heading to the pet store today to get stuff to prep the tank for a few week before adding the fish, can't wait!

  3. I broke the suction cups on my wall bubble thingy and I'm a little fearful for not adding the wall bubbles in there. Is this safe? I have Oscar Fish.

  4. please help I have 2 goldfish and they both go to the top of the tank and release bubbles so do I need a air pump for oxygen. plzzzz can someone reply back

  5. can you just add a air pump to your water pump where it sucks the water to make smaller bubbles where the water comes out?

  6. I've never used a air pump in my tanks other than my five gallon I use to have, I have two filters in my 30 gallon and there is a 2 inch gap I've never had a problem I had 3 fantails that lived in it for a year with no air pump. I now have tropical fish and they to are getting more than enough air, air pumps are noisy I prefer not to use one and you don't need a air pump if you have a good flowing filter and a decent gap between the water and the flow.

  7. Air pumps put more air in the tank if you have a beast of a filter you don't need one. Even if you need one and dont want one your fish will stay alive you'll just notice that they stay at the top of the tank more often than not. Ingore all these retards in the comments. Air pumps are not needed they will make your fish more comfortable though, it's their form of a A/C

  8. at night photosynthesis will not take place ,so plants cant produceO2 ,so did it consume O2 which is needed for my fishes??my and gaurami died after i putting plantss pls any one help me…………….

  9. Air pumps are way too NOISY as hell and not necessary but cheaper specially if you are using a sponge filter. If you are using a water pump for your water filter, just allow the water to splash down to agitate the water and cause bubbles in the water. If you are using a hang-on back filter, the surface agitation is sufficient enough. If your using over the top filter, just remove the nose to get higher elevation hence better water agitation. Use common sense for other kinds of water filter.

  10. My fish is sick and im healing him i check his temreture every few mins. But it doesnt have a air pump it goes up for air every few mins is this bad???

  11. just need sufficient moving water surface. No need to break the surface. air pumps disturb the water surface.. the bubbles give very little oxygen.


  13. can i just use a 10 gallon air pump in my 55 gallon tank? i dont need alot of air bubbles just a little something extra for the fish to enjoy life. so why would i need a bigger pump, wont the small pump still push out some air in the tubing?

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