Qualities of a good fish tank pump

When buying an aquarium air pump, it is easy to just buy the first one you see.  This may not be the best idea if you are interested in getting a quality fish tank pump that will last as long as your aquarium does.  The pump is important to the health and vitality of your fish because it is one of the few fish tank supplies that provides the much needed oxygen that your tropical fish depend on.  Any good air pump will provide sufficient air flow, be quiet, and durable.

Any good fish tank pump should be able to provide enough air flow to adequately oxygenate the water in the aquarium.  As you can imagine, this is a difficult factor to measure.  Fortunately, every aquarium air pump will come with a rating on it that tells you what size of aquarium it is suitable for.  If you will be using the pump for just one aquarium, then you are likely safe to trust the guide.  However, if you plan on splitting the airline into multiple fish tanks or bubble diffusers, then it is a good idea to buy a fish tank pump that is rated a few sizes larger than any of the single tanks it will be used in.  If you do this, then you won’t be disappointed by a pump that doesn’t provide enough air pressure to multiple fish tanks.

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A good fish tank pump will be durable.  Fortunately, you can safely trust any of the name brand pumps avaiable since they have built their solid reputations by providing quality fish tank supplies.

Perhaps the most important quality of good fish tank pumps is that they are quiet.  Nothing is more frustrating than bringing a new air pump home only to turn it on and find out it is loud!  Ask the pet store workers if you can test it out to see if the pump is quiet enough.  They will likely oblige!

So, if you are in the market for an aquarium pump, always remember to find one that is rated above the tank-size you need it for, is durable, and is quiet.

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