Fish tank pumps are an essential component for anybody that is interested in prolonging or enhancing the life of their fish tank fish. This is true whether keeping fish alive and healthy as a hobby or part of a business. Aquarium air pumps have several significant functions, depending on the brand, model and price. The device aerates the water within the fish tank, rejuvenating the water inside the tank and providing air for aquatic plants to work with. It also powers up other equipment such as sponge and undergravel filters. It is one of the most important fish tank accessories you will purchase.
There are two types of pumps: electric and battery-powered. Pumps are commonly powered by electricity coming from an outlet, with a single pump capable of powering multiple devices. Battery powered pumps are another category. These are commonly used when transporting fish. In areas where there electricity is not available or not reliable, the use of a battery operated pump for the tropical fish tank is a convenient option. Use only when necessary as this option is not practical for long-term use.
The market offers a wide variety of pumps for consumers to choose from. Rena Air Pumps are reliable models for a range of consumers. Some of the smaller models include the Air Pump 50 which is good for fish tanks that are less than 10 gallons while the Air 400 is for aquariums with tanks measuring less than 150 gallons. The brand’s line of products is expensive compared to other brands. What consumers like the most about this Rena’s range of pumps is that they run without producing any noise yet capable of providing power for deeper aquariums. The brand is also well-known for its durability although the smaller brands have no flow control. All in all, it is a recommended product for its price.
For a more affordable set of aquarium pumps, Taikon’s Azoo lines are some of the more affordable on the market today. Much like the Rena brand, the Azoo range also includes high pressure models, good for deep aquariums and tanks. High quality rubber is used for the pump’s diaphragm, making them suitable for long-term usage. One thing to look out for when using their products is accumulation of moisture. Although made from water-resistant materials, the seal is not as tight as expected. The brand produces pumps for aquariums up to 100 gallons in volume with two outlets. Its smallest model is the 2500, effective for aquariums up to 20 gallons in volume with one outlet.
Even cheaper than the Azoo are the air pumps from Hagen Elite. Pumps made by this brand are readily available on the market. However, models such as the Elite 803 produce little power, lots of noise and tend to break down easily. It is good as a temporary replacement but should not be relied on as a solid backup. Expect to find the Elite 803 or a similar model for when purchasing aquariums with less than a 20 gallon capacity.
For fish owners looking to transport their pets or merchandise, consider a battery-powered air pump instead. The Hagen and Azoo brands also carry their own line of battery operated fish tank pumps for convenience. Consumers and business owners willing to pay extra for quality and convenience should consider Deep Blue’s Hurricane Category 5. This air pump from its professional line of products is AC/DC capable, able to switch from direct current to battery power automatically when the need arises. Users will no longer need to worry about unstable power levels in their home or office when using aquarium pumps such as these. Be prepared to pay a hefty price for this model though, as units cost more than a hundred dollars.