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post #1 of 8 Old 10-27-2011, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
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Air Pump Needed or Not?

So I have a 10 Gallon freshwater aquarium with the filter and heater and 5 fish. I was wondering if it would benefit putting a bubble bar and air pump in the tank. What is your say?
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post #2 of 8 Old 10-27-2011, 09:52 PM
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There needs to be some way of putting oxygen into the water. Do you have live plants if so how many? If you have quite a bit then no don't worry about running an air pump. Does you filter cause a lot of surface disturbance? If so that should be fine. If the answer is no to all of them I would but an airstones/bar in the tank.
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post #3 of 8 Old 10-27-2011, 10:17 PM Thread Starter
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I do not have live plants, and the filter causes a small ripple on the top of the surface so i figured that was enough although i was unsure if there was a rule of thumb in regards to how much i should have. Thank you for the help.
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post #4 of 8 Old 10-27-2011, 10:59 PM
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I do not have live plants, and the filter causes a small ripple on the top of the surface so i figured that was enough although i was unsure if there was a rule of thumb in regards to how much i should have. Thank you for the help.
I don't think there is a rule of thumb as far as that goes. However if you notice unusual breathing from the fish or them gasping at the surface then there isn't enough air in the water. If this isn't the case and you said you have some surface disturbance you might be alright with out one. Though I would probably still get a small one and stick in there somewhere. It wouldn't hurt.
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post #5 of 8 Old 10-28-2011, 01:01 PM
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Agree. Provided the tank is not overstocked, any filter will adequate deal with the gas exchange.

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post #6 of 8 Old 10-28-2011, 01:26 PM Thread Starter
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Okay thank you for the input, i just wanted to make sure it was something that wasn't absolutely needed for this new tank. I am very new to the whole having an aquarium thing and i do like the new hobby but I want to make sure I am doing everything right.
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post #7 of 8 Old 10-28-2011, 01:57 PM
Are you running a HOB filter? Most HOBs offer enough surface disturbance to allow for good gas exchange.
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post #8 of 8 Old 10-28-2011, 03:04 PM Thread Starter
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Yes I am using a HOB filter
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