Airpump & stones

  1. joiakimfish Member Member

    Hi I don't know much about air pumps& stones and I'd like to add 1-2 was wondering what are some good brands and models that would be good for my tank I see a lot on amazon and eBay but idk where to start on choosing one
  2. Coradee Moderator Moderator Member

    Is there a particular reason for running air stones? As long as your filter is breaking the water surface then there shouldn't be a problem with lack of oxygen.
    Personally if there's no real need to have one then I wouldn't, it's just more electricity being used & you can never find a completely silent air pump either.
    Having said that I do use one when hatching cory eggs & have found Sera pumps to be good.

  3. joiakimfish Member Member

    Airpump & stones

    Mostly I want it for the look I like the bubbles ...but I completely forgot to factor in my electricity bill :( :( smh thank you for bringing me to my senses :)

    Don't have Cory's but I am thinking about grabbing some pandas :) will I need if they have little ones?
  4. Coradee Moderator Moderator Member

    You don't need one unless you want to raise large numbers of them, they'll breed quite well in the main tank & you'll get the odd baby surviving.

  5. axel Well Known Member Member

    my cories never breed :(
  6. jhigg008 Well Known Member Member

    I have two Tetra Whisper pumps. One is in my 29 gallon and one is in my 10 gallon quarantine tank. They make models for up to a 100 gallon tank. I personally think you would be fine with that, though if you are planted, use a CO2 injector, and are worried about oxygen depletion, you might want to consult with someone who knows more about that. You could always use two air pumps. The 100 gallon whisper is on amazon for $17 now.

    Make sure you get a back-flow valve and try to keep it on a shelf above the water level if possible (I don't because I do not have a shelf and so far everything has been fine). Also get a T-valve so you can change the airflow level if you want.
  7. tokiodreamy Well Known Member Member

    I always like to have one in my tank. Tbh it really doesn't do anything to my electricity bill, the TV does more. Like coradee said, you don't need them unless your filter isn't doing the job or if you have a warmer temp tank. I like to use airstones go break up any dead zones that my filter doesn't get. It's nice to have one on the opposite side of the filter.

    I like the whisper pumps. They're the most quite pumps I've ever had and the only ones I'll buy ever again.

    As far as the stones go, i never buy the shaped ones since I feel like they fall apart easily. I either get the white ones or the topfin light blue bubble wall.

  8. TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    I keep a sponge filter running in my main tank for when I need to set up my QT tank, and I use the Tetra Whisper air pumps. Not super silent, but not loud enough to keep me awake at night when I sit the pump on a thick towel.
  9. oldsalt777 Well Known Member Member

    Hello joi...

    There's nothing wrong with using an air stone. It will add a bit more oxygen to the tank water which is fine for the fish and removes a bit of carbon dioxide which isn't very good for any live plants you have. I use them in some of my more heavily populated tanks. If this is your first tank, you don't need one. Your filter system is very likely getting enough oxygen into the water.

  10. ToddHendrix Member Member

    I can't even hear my tetra whisper pump. I love it it comes with a t valve and I just bought a check valve, plugged it in, and it works great. At first I thought it was broken because it was so silent lol!

  11. joiakimfish Member Member

    Not Really probably won't attempt to have a large population Of Cory's but do want enough so they can enjoy each other's company I have both my filters set so that they can brake the water surface My tank stays around 79-81%f without a heater i keep it set to 78 just in case but it never turned on it is my first tank but plan on getting a 10 g for qt ... I have 1 amazon sword has grown a lot since purchase but thanks to the root tabs I got for it ... ... It seems like whisper is the brand mentioned the most what does the gallon rating stand for what's the diff between a 100g pump and 50g pump not to worried bout noise cause it's in the dining room any noise it makes would probably be drowned out from the running water ....the back flow valve is to keep water out of the tubing/pump itself?
  12. tokiodreamy Well Known Member Member

    I have two 20g and 1 60g pumps. The 2 20s are on my 20 and 10 QT and the 60 is on my 29g. The higher ones (i believe 30 and up. Check the box before you buy if buying in stores) come with 1 or 2 control valves and a splitter. This way, you can dial down the flow to exactly what you're looking for. Petsmart and petco also carry some separately. Petco has them for 99 cents I believe.
  13. joiakimfish Member Member

    99cent for the pump or the valve 0_0
  14. jhigg008 Well Known Member Member

    Yup :)
  15. tokiodreamy Well Known Member Member

    The control valve. If only the pump was that cheap! I believe they also have the check valve for 99 cents as well as a splitter if you want to hook up 2 airstones instead of 1. However, if you do this you'll need 2 check valves and 2 control valves.
  16. joiakimfish Member Member

    Ok that may be the route I go and I legit just watched the price change on a 100g wisper from 23 to 40+$ the timing couldn't be worse :( :( lol
  17. tokiodreamy Well Known Member Member

    Wow that's cheap! Hopefully you'll find a good deal!
  18. Jamieb284 Member Member

    Costa virtually nothing to run. If you like the look then just get one.
  19. sunshine2012 Member Member

    Use the 36" black flexible bubble wand with a tetra whisper pump and it works wonderfully. I like the flexible bubble wand because then I can flex it into a cool shape for bubbles and I get tiny bubbles out of it. As far as the pump goes I just use a hook and coil up the cord and hang it so it's not up against anything and it's very quiet.
  20. joiakimfish Member Member

    Hmm that sounds kool I'll look around for someone loke that especially if it's cheep