Circulation Pump

Discussion in 'Freshwater Tank Equipment' started by Ziabis, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. Ziabis

    ZiabisWell Known MemberMember

    I have a basic outside power filter.

    So I figured that I needed a inside Aqueon circulation pump 500.

    My question is, how important is it to have it on all the time? I seem to notice the
    fish swim around more if the circulation pump is off. How important as well is
    it to have a current inside? ie: for fish and plants?

    I understand that it helps circulate and keep the water clear, especially the surface... Is it ok
    if I leave the circulation pump off for a time during the day?

    Thank you...
  2. Mer-max

    Mer-maxWell Known MemberMember

    I don't know, but I would like to!

    Hopefully someone that does will pitch in soon.
  3. OP

    ZiabisWell Known MemberMember

    Ultimately, I guess it would be proper to have a circulation pump on either side?

    My budget is low, would you recomend getting a newer power filter and which one?My filter now is 2 years old and its the base model you get when you buy a tank kit from petsmart? Or just get another circulation pump?
  4. Mer-max

    Mer-maxWell Known MemberMember

    When I bought my 55 kit I bought another filter just to double it all up and make it look even on both sides. Plants sway a little but and do decent but I'm in a fert issue now
  5. Jaysee

    JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    For a 30 gallon tank, you could get a little mini power head - you wouldn't need anything powerful. Sure you could turn it off. If the fish are living now without one, they'll live when you turn it off ;)
  6. aylad

    ayladWell Known MemberMember

    In a 30gal, I'd get an AquaClear 30 or 50 and run it *and* the filter you're using now, on opposite sides of the tank, like Mer-max posted. That should be plenty of circulation, with the bonus of giving you a backup filter for when your old one quits. I don't have a powerhead in my 29gal, but two HOB filters keep water circulating well.
  7. psalm18.2

    psalm18.2Fishlore LegendMember

    Another option is an air pump on the opposite side of the filter.
  8. AlyeskaGirl

    AlyeskaGirlFishlore VIPMember

    I use the Koralia Nano circulation pump. I was looking for a pump that wouldn't blast fish and plants around but provide gentle circulation so I got the Nano and I am very pleased with it.
  9. Jaysee

    JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    I agree, a well positioned air stone is a good choice for augmenting circulation in a smaller tank where a power head would be overkill. IMO a 30 inch tank is in that in between zone - larger go for a power head, smaller go for an air stone.