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I consider myself new to the hobby, even though I had a few goldfish in a 10 gal in high school. I remember that my tank kit back then came with an air pump and airstone, and nowadays I don't see those in tank kits anymore. I bought a 30gal that came with a Whisper PF30. After reading into it, the PF30 barely turns over the correct amount of water for the tank. I was looking into getting a Whisper air pump and bubble disk from drsfostersmith.com which would run me around 16 bucks. Is this worth it? Is it still a common thing to do? I don't really want to buy a better filter right now, especially since I am still trying to cycle the tank.
It would really benefit you to add a larger filter now and run it along with the one that came with the kit. It too could be developing the beneficial bacteria along with the original one and once the tank is cycled or matured you will no doubt wish to add more fish(slowlytwo or three a week) and problem could occur if original filter is not up to the task. As has been said here many times, you really can't over filter but it is possible to not have enough. Air stones are largely a matter of choice and some fish benefit from oxygen rich water that air stones help produce. Some medications used in aquariums also deplete oxygen levels so the use of an air stone can help in that regard. Also sometimes power outages will result in some filters needing to be primed before they will resume operation .Airstones, will begin the moment the power is restored. Hope some of this helps.:-)
In general airstones are not a requirement. If your filter keeps the top of the water stirred up your fish are going to get enough oxygen to do just fine. However depending on your tank configuration it might be beneficial to have one in an area of still water to help keep things disturbed.
They are really an aesthetic choice. If you like the look go for it.
Ok, I don't think I will then, becuase I don't think that it would look good in my tank. I will look into getting an additional filter, thank you.
Ok, I just ordered an additional Whisper PF30 for the same price as I would have had to pay for the airstone and pump (roughly $16). When it gets here I am going to have to cut an opening in the top of my tank since there is no pre-made punch out for an additional filter. Should I put the two filters side by side, or on opposite sides of the tank? The tank is 29" in length, and each filter is just under 8", so even if I put the filters close to opposite sides, there will probably only be about 12" in between them. Does any of this even matter? I think they would look best on opposites sides IMO.
Opposite sides would be good. That way you are fitering water from two areas rather than one.;-)
I agree - putting them at opposite ends will result in better water flow.
Ok, will be done.....
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