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post #1 of 8 Old 02-19-2009, 09:26 AM Thread Starter
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air pumps

i was lookin at marinedepot.com and i seen air pumps. when do you know you need to get one?

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5x red wag platies
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20 gallon tank (cycling)
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post #2 of 8 Old 02-19-2009, 10:43 AM
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I believe air pumps or air stones are largely a matter of preference. I have them on my tanks because I run sponge filters. I also like them because in the event of a power failure the filters sometimes don't resume operation without priming the pumps. The air stones however resume operation the moment power is restored. You can also buy air pumps that activate automatically when power is lost thereby ensuring that the fish have oxygen being deliveredeven though power has been lost. They require small inexpensive batteries. Pretty cheap insurance if you ask me.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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post #3 of 8 Old 02-19-2009, 01:25 PM Thread Starter
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ok thanks. i have been thinking about getting one but i don't really think i need it on a 10 gall.

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4x giant danio's
5x red wag platies
2x tiger barbs

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post #4 of 8 Old 02-19-2009, 04:02 PM
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make sure you have check valves on the lines though. in the case of a blackout, there is a good chance you will drain your tank through that little line without really noticing
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post #5 of 8 Old 02-19-2009, 04:15 PM Thread Starter
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yeah ive read about that.

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4x giant danio's
5x red wag platies
2x tiger barbs

20 gallon tank (cycling)
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post #6 of 8 Old 02-19-2009, 04:22 PM
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if you have a good HOB, you really dont NEED an air pump. unless its hooked to a sponge, its only used to aerate the water, which the HOB will do by itself.
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post #7 of 8 Old 02-19-2009, 05:17 PM Thread Starter
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ok that sounds good. thank you

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4x giant danio's
5x red wag platies
2x tiger barbs

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post #8 of 8 Old 02-19-2009, 06:26 PM
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no problem. glad to help
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