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Old 04-13-2009, 11:00 AM   #1
 
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Hello, I am just starting out on my first saltwater tank and I have a few questions. I was wondering if I would need an external water pump, and if so, why? What does it do? Also, do I need an air pump? FYI im looking into doing a 10, 20 or 30 gallon tank, not sure what size yet. Thanks!
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Old 04-13-2009, 01:39 PM   #2
 
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No external water pump air pumps are optional
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Old 04-13-2009, 03:51 PM   #3
 
YAY! you just made my wallet feel a little bit better. thanks!
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Old 04-13-2009, 05:16 PM   #4
 
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I would not use an air pump at all. They really have no application in the marine hobby.
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Old 04-13-2009, 09:41 PM   #5
 
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an external pump would be your return pump from your sump, or your pump feeding your external skimmer. these are good as they usually are energy friendly and produce less heat then alot of submersible pumps. however there are some great submersible pumps. no air pump, but you need powerheads, i suggest hydors.
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Old 04-18-2009, 11:34 PM   #6
 
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Another reason many (those that are) use the external pumps is because they don't add any heat to the water. if you drop a mag12 into water and turn it on, you'll find it's a lot hotter then what it was before.
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