Want more aeration, what do you suggest? 20 Gallon Tank

Discussion in 'Air Pumps' started by FLGirl, Apr 2, 2010.

  1. FLGirlWell Known MemberMember

    My AquaClear 20 hangs on the back and depending where my water is at it moves the top of the water around and also makes bubbles (esp if my water is a lil lower) by the way which is better? This is my first tank. Where should I fill my tank too, like where my water is spilling out and sorta making bunches of bubbles or closer/higher where it more moves the surface all around not as many bubbles? May seem like a dumb question but IDK if one is better than the other...

    Back to my other question I was thinking maybe I should have more aeration. I am about to start using Amquel Plus which says it may moderately reduce oxygen levels in the first hours after use. So though I think my fish are ok oxygen wise right now Id just feel better to have something extra but don't even know where to start...I don't know if it's possible but Id prefer something that didn't hang over the back and maybe not HUGE since my tank is just a 20 gallon. I have fake plants but eventually want to go to all real plants once my tank is ready..I have 4 danios but eventually will get some other fish.

    Suggestions? :;f:;fb
  2. aquarist2012New MemberMember

    First there is no such thing like a dumb question. It's ok to ask.

    Question 1: I would go with the closer/higher one. Personally I like it like that, and it does not add huge bubbles to the tank. It also makes the tank look like it haves more depth.

    Question 2: A bit more aeration in a tank is not a bad idea. It keeps water moving, so no dead spots on which alage can grow on and take over your tank. What you can use for more aeration depends on what you have in your tank. Some fish like it, others do not and some don't care at all.
  3. harpua2002Fishlore VIPMember

    If you would like to add extra aeration, it is not necessary, but never a bad thing! It's easy to add extra aeration. You can either buy another hang on back filter if you want, or you could buy an air pump and airline tubing and go from there....

    The reason that I make such an open-ended statement is that you have so many options for aeration! If you want just a plain airstone or a sponge filter, that would work great. Or, you could go for an aerating ornament (some are even air-powered motion ornaments), or a bubble wand. There are just a ton of choices that would work great for what you want to do. Or, if you want to get fancy, F&S sells LED-lit bubble wands. It is really up to you and any choice you make will yield the same result. :)
  4. FLGirlWell Known MemberMember

    Thanks yall! I had been doing it a little lower never below the black but then I did it higher and liked it but started wondering if one is better than the other lol.....

    I think I like the idea of more air. I think I might have a bubble wand and tubing (came with tank) wasnt sure what it was lol I also think one of the deco a little sunk ship might be made to make bubbles too but Im not sure but what ever it may be I have to look into air pumps I think... I'm not sure how to make it all work. Do air pumps hang on the back? lol :p :;f:;fb
  5. harpua2002Fishlore VIPMember

    They can hang on the back if you want them to. Penn Plax makes an air pump shelf that hangs on the frame of your tank, and then you just sit the air pump on the shelf. But, you don't have to use anything like that. A lot of folks just sit the air pump on the floor, or in the stand, or wherever it fits. Just make sure you have enough airline tubing so you can put the pump where you want to. Also, a check valve is a great idea, as it prevents water damage to your air pump from siphoning in the event of a power outage. :)
  6. FLGirlWell Known MemberMember

    Ok, Thanks! I'll start looking around.
  7. scotgirlNew MemberMember

    We installed an air stone on Monday for our 20 gallon tank. the air bubbles are 1cm thick across top of tank.
    is that a bad thing?
  8. harpua2002Fishlore VIPMember

    Welcome to FL scotgirl! :)

    As long as the fish aren't getting blown around by the bubbles, it is not a bad thing.

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