Air Pump Aquarium Equipment

One piece of aquarium equipment that has seen the biggest decline in demand since the “golden age” of the 60-70’s is the air pump. Nearly all current air pumps use a rubber diaphragm and electromagnet swing arm to produce the movement of air. Older models used to use electric motors and a piston system, but these were noisy and required too much power and maintenance. Today’s air pumps have better types of plastic flappers and diaphragms and will generally perform for years between required maintenance. Most also require less than 10W of power to produce larger amounts of air.

Everything You Need to Know about Canister Filters, Part 1

Canister filters are often the best choice for filtration for the medium and large size aquariums.  These systems offer mechanical filtration, chemical filtration and biological filtration all in a single system. Since the canister is set on the floor or in the cabinet stand, it is out of sight and essentially silent in operation. Most canister filters are designed with enough media volume to allow the canister to operate for 2 to 3 months between cleanings. Nearly all styles offer multiple sizes for aquariums from 30 to 250 gallons.

A Primer on Aquarium Water Pumps

In the aquarium hobby, there is a gray area distinguishing between powerheads and water pumps. For those not familiar with the use of under-gravel filters, powerheads were the first submersible (some actually were NOT submersible) pumps we could use to draw the water up the lift tube of an under gravel filter and eliminate using an air pump and airstones. With their first introduction, powerheads were seen as a major advancement and quickly replaced air pumps.

Aquatic Report Card: Wavemakers for the Reef Aquarium

To ensure success with a coral reef aquarium, it will require the use of multiple water moving powerheads to create currents in the aquarium. By creating a turbulent flow in the saltwater aquarium, we will increase the oxygen levels and maintain a more even temperature gradient. Also, the back and forth motion of the water over the corals will eliminate any dead spots and remove any detritus that tries to settle out on the coral.

Aquarium Supplies and Innovations To Make the Hobby Easier

Many years ago, success in the aquarium hobby was far from guaranteed. There were so few aquarium supplies that options were limited, and the ones you had were far from easy to use. (The term “user-friendly” would not be used for at least another 50 years!) Once a hobbyist grew beyond the glass bowl stage, the next step was a fish aquarium, usually 20 to 60 gallons in volume.

Aquarium Adventures: Crazy Scale Aquariums Made from Scratch

In my previous PetSolutions blog I wrote about my experiences making 220 gallon wooden tanks with glass windows. This time I want to talk about a tank one of my customers built that dwarfed those tanks. Somehow my business partner came across a piece of glass 4′ x 6′ that was 1″ thick. It had been part of the floor show at a local disco with colored lights underneath.