Top 6 Aquarium Air Pump Picks: Battery Powered Air Pumps
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The thing your tank needs the most is air. Your fish consume oxygen and produce carbon dioxide. Most of the oxygen enters the aquarium (and co2 leaves the aquarium) by gas exchange at the water surface. The excess co2 gasses off into the room and fresh oxygen enters the water. With good air exchange the aquarium reaches equilibrium with the levels in the air around the tank, and for the most part, doesn’t vary too much. Good air exchange is the result of good flow in the tank and agitation at the surface of the tank. When the power goes out, so does most of your gas exchange. This isn’t a huge issue for most aquariums if were talking about a short period of time, but the sooner you can get that water movement and surface agitation back up and running the better. A battery powered air pump is one of the things that should be in everyone’s kit. They are inexpensive and can save you a boatload in the event of a power outage. At around the $20 range they are probably cheaper than any piece of livestock you have in your tank. They generally come in two different flavors, automatic and manual. With a manual battery powered air pump like the , you put batteries in the air pump and it starts pumping. The batteries are its only power source. Simply submerge the end of the airline tubing down in the tank and let it bubble. As the bubbles rise to the surface they will not only produce some movement of water in the tank but they will cause ripples on the water and agitate the surface of the water, promoting air exchange. Not only a life saver in the event of a power outage, but the is a great option for long rides home from the fish store or frag swap.
The other type of battery powered air pump is an automatic version like the . The not only runs off of two “D” size batteries but also has a power cord to the wall. It runs on your main power normally and will automatically switch over to battery power in the event of a power outage. If you have an application where you are running an air pump 24/7 on a normal basis as it is (like to keep a phytoplankton culture going, etc.) then this is a great option because it will automatically switch over to battery power if necessary. For emergency aquarium issues it can also be used just like the .
Marina Battery Powered Aquarium and Gravel Cleaner specifications:
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The Marina Battery Powered Aquarium and Gravel Cleaner is a three-in-one aquarium gravel cleaner, algae remover, and water siphon. The battery powered Marina Aquarium Cleaner extends easily from 8" to 16" and provides the convenience of a cordless cleaner. This aquarium gravel cleaner offers efficient operation and ease of use. This aquarium algae remover is also perfect for use in a variety of aquatic habitats.So, you can imagine my dissapointment with the Eheim Aquarium Vacuum. I was really looking forward to this thing working well for my tank. The tank I was wanting to primarily use it on is a bare bottomed reef tank and this vacuum would have been perfect for spot cleaning every few days in betweenwater changes. There are a lot of things going for this vacuum. It seems like it is well designed and well thought out but it just needs a bigger motor or something. I wouldn't even mind having to put 8 AA batteries in it instead of 4 if it would double the power it delivered. I'm now looking online for mod ideas on how to make it more powerful since I don't want to completely throw in the towel. If I do come across anything I'll post back here.