Noisy Aquarium Air Pump – GUARANTEED FIX !!
What up? Hello Guys, Welcome to Mark’s Shrimp Tanks! Today I’m going to show you how to silence the SO ANNOYING! Ugh I’m gonna crush them, I’m gonna crush them with my bare hand! I’m gonna show you how to silence a forever annoying air pumps that we get. Ones like this typically. This is a TetraTec, And you, you will get bits of this pump rattling against the side of the wall or the cable will rattle against some piece of furniture and god damn it these things are SO annoying! So this little trick I’m gonna show you works for all little pumps like this. Uh, this is one from my daughter’s gold fish tub upstairs. It sit’s in the cupboard, we put it in there to try and silence it a little bit and it’s like rattle. Like this constantly inside, and we can hear it and it’s so annoying. So today I’m gonna show you how to silence these little pumps for good! I don’t mean cut the cable. [laughs] Um, this is something I learned a long long time ago . When I lived in Scotland I used to have loads and loads of tanks in my room when I was a kid. More than this by the way so um, I have a lot of experience with aquariums. And uh, let’s get right into it I think. *boopbloop* What you’re gonna need is some: some duct tape, you’re gonna need a pair of scissors, you’re going to need your pump obviously, and you’re going to need a jar or a vessel that is, uh, where the lid is wider than the pump itself. Okay so, let me just hold this up for you so you can see. And we want the pump to go into the jar like this, you see? What I’m gonna do now though is I’m gonna strap you to my chest, just so it’s easier for me to use both hands. One momento! Okay, so now I’m hands free, let’s get right into this. You have your jar, you have your pump. What you wanna do, right, is you put your jar… your jar into your pump… [laughing] Did I just say that? You wanna put your jar, your pump into your jar We’re gonna take some duct tape and we’re gonna cover about a quarter of this, um, area here with the duct tape. Duct tape of life. *oop* You know, I’ve always called it ducK tape and it turns out it’s actually called ducT, it’s actually ducT, duct tape. And so what you’re gonna do is, gonna put our tape across a quarter of the jar like this, make sure it’s nice and stuck down. Give that a cut. Alright. Then the next part of what we’re gonna do is, we’re gonna lift… Turn your little pump so it’s facing this way. I’ll lift it up just so you can see. And the aim of this is to get the pump off the base of the jar so it’s suspended, like this. Okay, so it’s not rattling against nothing Lemme get this cable outta the way Okay so, we’re then going to need, another piece of tape. And if you do this correctly guys you’ll get a Blue Peter Badge. [[A badge given in recognition of achievement by the BBC children’s show ‘Blue Peter’]] American viewers will be like “What is a Blue Peter Badge Mark?” Oh, did I just do that? but we’ll waste some tape here god damn this stuff so sticky so sticky. But it’s um, this tape is much much better than other tapes I’ve used to do the same thing. It seems to hold together much more easily, and other stuff, right? So this is what you’re looking for here, and then we’re gonna put another piece of tape across the top. It shouldn’t be too hard to do seeing as you’re strapped to my chest. Alright, that is so sticky. So you want the pump to be suspended off the bottom and not touching the glass. Alright so we’re gonna put that like this… C’mon lift up. Can you see that? Then we’re going to bend the cable over so it goes over the first piece. So it goes over the first piece of duct tape and this is what’s going to hold your pump in place and suspend it. I didn’t say ‘suspenders’ I said ‘suspend it’. So make sure that’s grabbed your tape, nice and easy. You can see it wobbling around, in there, there’ll be a bit of wiggle. Just make sure it’s not touching the sides, check inside make sure none of the feet etc. are touching the sides. And then you can put more tape on. I think this works guys because it traps, it actually traps the sound, or the air, It has basically like a dampening effect with the air inside so it doesn’t sound so loud. Now this 100% works, I have tried this with other tapes and it doesn’t seem to have the same effect as duct tape does. So it’s something to do with duct tape. *silly noises* Do a few more bits. And it’s okay if there’s tiny air gaps, right cause you want this for your wee pump, so it can get some air to breathe. You don’t want to kill it, make it overheat etc. Alright? So that’s almost good I think. What I’m gonna do is I’m gonna strengthen it just a little bit and I’m gonna put a piece of duct tape across the other way, the opposite direction. Like so. Maybe one final piece here. Now I know for sure that there’s no way for me to really show you this working. But I’ll plug it in so you can hear if it makes any noise at all. And you can probably, just to give it a little bit of more extra security, put more duct tape around the lid here, but I don’t think I need to do that. Duct tape is pretty, pretty good sealer. So there you have it, this is how you silence an air pump. You see it inside here, it’s wobbling, wiggle wiggle, it’s not touching anything. What’s also important here guys is that you don’t pull your air tube through too far because you can kink it in the bottom here. Alright so we’re just gonna go over here, just plug it in. Hopefully first time it won’t make a little, any kind of noise. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t. And that is actually on, I don’t know if you guys can hear that. You can just hear [air hissing] the air coming out of there, but it’s much much much quieter than it was before. And that is it plugged in, if I turn it to one of the sides it might, you hear it now? [pump vibrating on glass] So that is how you silence a little air pump. If you have one of these in your bedroom or living room you will find this particularly useful, okay? So thanks for watching guys. If you enjoyed today’s video please leave me a like, and please subscribe if you want to see more content like this, okay? Thanks for watching! Happy Shrimp Keeping!