Best And Quietest Air Pump?

dakota
  • #1
Of the air pumps on the market today what do you consider to be the top brand and best operating unit? I can not remember which brand I have had over the years. I have been out of the tropical fish (fresh) for about 4 years. I am in the process of getting another 75 to 125 gallon tank. I prefer the larger tanks to me much easier to maintain. With a good canister filter and accessories its a fun hobby to have. I was in it for about 30 years and miss it. a lot has changed almost everyday and that includes air pumps. I usually run 2 bubblers so need a pump maybe handle a third. All feedback greatly appreciated.

Bill
 
TheeLadyG
  • #2
I'm interested to know this as well! I am currently running a tetra whisper 40 on my 30 gallon, I have it split 3 ways for 2 undergravel lift tubes and one sponge filter (was just an airstone but I decided to add the filter later)

I have it closed in a cabinet under the tank and I barely hear it at all. I am somewhat new to fishkeeping so I don't have a lot of frame of reference.
 
bettabo1
  • #3
Aquatop has been the quietest brand so far for me out of whisper and a few other brands.
 
Cichlidude
  • #4
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r5n8xaw00
  • #5
I have been in the hobby for over a year now and I have three whisper pumps, no problem with them and they are very quiet. I can buy them everywhere including Walmart.
 
coralbandit
  • #6
Alita pumps are the quietest pumps on earth !
The smallest unit 6a may be too large for your needs though?

I run 2 alita 60s and t hey are quitter then a pump 1/10 its size and power.
The table top fan that cools them is louder and is new ...
 
Jocelyn Adelman
  • #7
Whisper pumps and Alita are the quietist from my experience. Meds is reputed to be pretty silent as well, just haven’t tried it personally
 
Thunder_o_b
  • #8
I gave up on trying to find a cheap and silent HO pump. Ten years ago I installed this in the basement and ran a line to the first floor. It has been running flawlessly, and pushes enough air for several aquariums including (till it leaked yesterday) a 150 gallon that is 32" deep. I highly recommend this product.
 
Fritzmama
  • #9
I have a Fusion 600 running 2 AquaTop caf-40 sponge filters and a caf-60. Variable flow and so quiet my mom couldn't find the pump! lol
 

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CanadianFishFan
  • #10
IMO not tetra! Those things touch one little thing and they vibrate so loud! My top fin one is pretty quiet.
 
Fritzmama
  • #11
I have a Fusion 600 running 2 AquaTop caf-40 sponge filters and a caf-60. Variable flow and so quiet my mom couldn't find the pump! lol
The fish thought I was going to feed them
 
bgclarke
  • #12
I have Tetra Whisper 10 and 40 in use, as well as Aqueon Quietflow 10, 20, 40, 60.

The Aqueon pumps are more efficient from a "power use to output" ratio and have built-in check valves.
My Aqueon 40 pump is very noisy, so it's in a cabinet.

All the others are fairly quiet considering they have vibrating bladders.

QF P10 - 1.5 watts - 0.99 L/m
QF P20 - 1.7 watts - 1.00 L/m
QF P40 - 2.8 watts - 1.74 L/m
QF P60 - 3.2 watts - 2.87 L/m
QF P100 - 3.8 watts - 4.13 L/m
Whisper 10 - 2.2 watts - 0.5 L/m
Whisper 40 - 3.9 watts - 1.3 L/m
 
acambu2
  • #13
Of the air pumps on the market today what do you consider to be the top brand and best operating unit? I can not remember which brand I have had over the years. I have been out of the tropical fish (fresh) for about 4 years. I am in the process of getting another 75 to 125 gallon tank. I prefer the larger tanks to me much easier to maintain. With a good canister filter and accessories its a fun hobby to have. I was in it for about 30 years and miss it. a lot has changed almost everyday and that includes air pumps. I usually run 2 bubblers so need a pump maybe handle a third. All feedback greatly appreciated.

Bill
Check out the mylivewell quietest pump on Amazon. Its low power but is unbelievably quiet. I have 2 of them.
 
Kathryn Crook
  • #14
Of the air pumps on the market today what do you consider to be the top brand and best operating unit? I can not remember which brand I have had over the years. I have been out of the tropical fish (fresh) for about 4 years. I am in the process of getting another 75 to 125 gallon tank. I prefer the larger tanks to me much easier to maintain. With a good canister filter and accessories its a fun hobby to have. I was in it for about 30 years and miss it. a lot has changed almost everyday and that includes air pumps. I usually run 2 bubblers so need a pump maybe handle a third. All feedback greatly appreciated.

Bill
I like this question as well. Thanks for asking it!
 

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