The Most Reliable Air Pump?

  1. LeoDiaz

    LeoDiaz Fishlore VIP Member

    Looking for a strong reliable pump to run 2 air wands in a 55g tank. I need something that's reliable not something that in 3 months is going to be giving up on me. Tried tetra pumps but they all lose power, and can no longer supply the air i need.
  2. Fishpuns

    Fishpuns Valued Member Member

    I own 2 of the Fluval Q1 and love them, very powerful and completely silent. One is running 2 sponges on my 55, the other is running a sponge on a betta tank and an airstone in an artemia bowl. It's too strong for the bowl, had to buy a flow control valve for it.

    I threw away a Tetra pump and an Active Aqua pump because I found them horribly loud after using the Fluval. I highly recommend it.
  3. O

    OnTheFly Well Known Member Member

    Whatever you buy, always up the size so it isn't worthless when it does lose a little power. Lately I have been using Fusions from Drs Foster and Smith. Very powerful for the price and adjustable. At least they are are adjustable from size 500 and up that I own. And look at the wattage ratings. The manufacturers play games with the air flow output rating advertising. and it makes it hard to meaningfully compare pumps from brand to brand.

  4. grantm91

    grantm91 Fishlore VIP Member

    Marina i have, not too heavy duty just right i have two of them, love them as they are just right for me i got the first one a year ago and its not lost power. 983e12ed745f0f853874a3056226430c.jpg 12f58c341cf742fe3260c8b11739b10c.jpg

    This one is giving me berbles on my 55 and running my fry tank sponge. Marina 200 double i think its called.
  5. NavigatorBlack

    NavigatorBlack Fishlore VIP Member

    Wands can be hard on diaphragm pumps, if you have harder water or if the water supplier adds calcium. The tiny pores in the wand clog, and that creates back pressure on the rubber diaphragm, which begins to break.
    In my old house, an airstone had a working life of under a week, no matter the pump. I got a similar effect for my oxygen hog rapids fish by using a Hagen powerhead with a venturi built it. It gave me lots of bubbles and water movement - it still does on its 7th year.
    They are close to the same price as a decent air pump if you shop online. The venturi changes everything. .
  6. OP

    LeoDiaz Fishlore VIP Member

  7. grantm91

    grantm91 Fishlore VIP Member

    I shown you a pump and i find this to be the best curtain. d974818d1cb45d15f0ddf668d53d18c4.png you lose no air as its cased in plastic and can find them on top product.
  8. OP

    LeoDiaz Fishlore VIP Member

    I'll look into those I'm using the bubblers to move some K1 media in sump.