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Anyone have a Tetra Whisper Air Pump?
I am just curious as to whether any of you use this pump with only one tube? Do you just let the other hole blow air or do you block it somehow? I was thinking that if I just let it blow air in the cabinet and had the one tube hooked up it might be a little quieter and smaller bubbles? Yeah, I am sure it is obvious, I am NOT mechanical.
Oh, and I like the pump in the cabinet underneath, is that an issue?
I use to have one and mine had a "T" connector to connect the two outputs together. You could purchase an inexpensive gang valve to work as a "T" connector. That also allows you to vent excess air pressure giving you finer control of the output. You don't want to totally block a tube. If I'm correct, the pump has two diaphragms and a total block would damage one diaphragm, making it noisier eventually as it fails.
In a cabinet is fine, they don't get overheated.
I think it's noisier if you have one tube "wide open"
I have 2, like dkrst said you have to use a t connector, if you leave it open your pump won't work and I believe it would cause damaged if you blocked it, a connector is less than a dollar. The whisper 100 I bought sucks it's less than 6 months old and has quit working I think it may just be bad luck, the deep water one I have is amazing the best air pump I've ever bought.
You might be able to find one at a hardware store, but probably not at a "big-box" store.
I almost bought one but the reviews are so mixed. I mainly found them saying it quit working or got noisy after a few months. Then I find DIY fixes on the noise... I didn't hassle with them.
I bought some cheap Ebay pump so if and when it blows up it's not really a big deal. My dad has some cheap Walmart pump and it's been running for 8 years now non-stop. So you really can't tell with those things it seems.
I found those T connectors at Walmart. Any LFS will have them also.
If, for some reason, you don't have either in your area go to the plumbing section of a hardware store. If you can't find plastic ones the copper waterline ones will work.
If all that fails I'll send you some.
The t connectors are at walmart in the aquarium department or any pet store, you don't want to block it but run all the air into one air tube. Give me a minute and I'll go take a picture. If you leave one side open on my pumps they will not work at all, all of the air goes outside not into the line. Maybe the whispers aren't great like I was saying my 100 gave me problems from the day I bought it, my big deep water whisper pump is amazing and it has a lifetime warranty but it's rated for tanks over 150g.
I would so appreciate a picture. I am a visual kind of person. Thanks :-)
I'm sorry I got distracted, I will go take a pic right now and have it up in about 10 min.
Here you go, I did not take a pic of the gang valve but I can it you need me to.
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