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kjjb0204 07-05-2008 08:06 PM

Beginner here, question about air...
So I've had a 10 gallon tank for a few months. I tried adding an air pump today with a 4" airstone. The pump says it's designed for up to 15 gallons, but it's LOUD. Should I get a different pump or a smaller airstone? There are so many bubbles that I think it's really disturbing the fish. Would a smaller airstone make the pump quieter?

Amphitrite 07-06-2008 02:36 AM

That is quite a large airstone for a 10 gallon, and if you want to keep one then I would suggest getting a smaller one. What fish do you have in the tank?

Unfortunately if your air pump is that noisey, changing the air stone probably won't make that much difference. My last pump made a bit of a racket, and what I did was hang it from the bottom inside of one of my curtains. After that I could barely hear it, but then it all depends where you have your tank located.

willow 07-06-2008 05:51 AM

how about ones like this.
if you have a pump with two outlets,you can have an air block
either end.

kjjb0204 07-06-2008 08:27 AM

I have four tiger barbs and two catfish. Do you think an air pump isn't necessary in a 10 gallon tank? My filter is a BIO-wheel 150.

okiemavis 07-06-2008 09:28 AM

You certainly don't *need* an airstone with a decent filter (which you have). If you want to take it out it wouldn't be detrimental at all.

kjjb0204 07-06-2008 11:01 AM

I think I'd like to keep an air pump - maybe I'll get a decorative air ornament or something. I'm having issues with brown algae, partly becaue I was overfeeding and partly because I left the tank light on 24/7. Now I know better on the feeding and light, and I'm also seeing that providing plenty of oxygen will help reduce the nitrogen and other gasses that promote brown algae growth. I'm definitely going to take this pump back though and get a small whisper pump.

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