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Aquarium Supplies - Aquarium Air Pump

aquarium air pumpAquarium air pump is a very important component in an aquarium fish tank setup. The main functions of the aquarium air pump are to generate air bubbles and create turbulence on the water surface that allows large surface area for exchange of gas. Thus, this helps to increase oxygen level in the water and at the same time release carbon dioxide produced by the fish to the environment.

Different kinds of aquarium pumps are available in the market ranging from small to large compressor capable of creating huge air output enough even for 55-gallon aquarium. Certain types of aquarium pump also help to drive filtration process such as the aquarium box filter and both function simultaneously to help clean the water and also creating water turbulence for aeration purpose.

Air pumps are often used together with an air stone that helps to diffuse the air into smaller pocket of bubbles for even larger surface area. To ensure optimal air output, always clean the air stones as often as possible because blockage might put more pressure and heavy load on your aquarium air pump unit. This is often blamed for pump failure even before the warranty period. Most units available in the market today are within the $20 to $30 dollar range while some higher capacity units can go as high as $50+.

When choosing for the right aquarium air pump, always bear in mind that, price is not the determining factor because your main criteria is to buy a unit that is suitable according to your aquarium size. Common mistake made by aquarium owners is to oversize the aquarium pump until it creates too much turbulence making the fish having difficulty maintaining position in the water. I would suggest getting a unit that allows you to control air output on the pump itself rather than using air valve to regulate the supply.



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My fascination and interest towards aquarium fish has led me to devote my time towards caring and learning about this wonderful pet.

Aquarium fish keeping is a very challenging and exciting hobby. When I first started, I never knew much or have the necessary guidance back then because none of my family members were actually a keen hobbyist. And because of that, I’ve encountered numerous failures and the worst part is having to deal with dead fish every time when you started to grow fond and getting attached to my pets. However, I persevered and took steps to find out and search for information from other hobbyist, apart from the knowledge gained and learned from my own experience and research. The blog that I’ve created here is meant to share useful information and tips about aquarium fish keeping so that new hobbyist will not make the same mistakes that I’ve made in the past."

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