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Air pump recommendations for 4-5 sponge filters?

Figured I'd put this here since so many shrimpers use sponge filters. I'm starting to run out of outlets with multiple filters, lights and doodads plugged in. I have sponge filters or HOBs on all of my betta tanks and a sponge filter on one small shrimp tank and all of these tanks are pretty close to one another. I'm looking for good output air pump that would run 4 sponge filters for all the tanks and free up some more outlets. I also need a gang valve recommendation (brand) because the last time I had this idea I tossed it out the window because the gang valve was crap and leaked air (brand new straight out of the package...grrr). Looking for the best bang for my buck, nothing too fancy or over the top necessary as these are all small tanks, two 3 gallon tanks, a 1.5 g, and a 2.5g. Thanks in advance!
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The larger Fusion pumps (like these at Ken's Fish) have dual outlets and are adjustable. I use two of them currently and each operates four double sponge filters.
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I use the Top Fin 8000 from petsmart that has 4 outlets and a dial on top to control flow. It currently operates 5 sponge filters at about 60% power no problem, i don't need it at 100%, so i do have room for another gang valve and sponges if i wanted. 3 months running strong! For $29 it worth the money for sure!

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I've got a Tetra Whisper AP 150 running two sponge filters and one airstone, and it's supposed to handle up to seven such outputs. I get very good air output, almost too much, even though one of them runs through four feet of airline (at first I was too lazy to cut the line to size, and then I realized, why not stick it at the other end of the tank and improve circulation). It's also much quieter than the inexpensive little air pumps. But it also doesn't cost an arm and a leg.

Try getting an airline kit with Y or T pieces and individual valves. I find it's easier to reconfigure than the gang valves, plus in the long run it's cheaper. It's a bit more work to set up initially, but much more flexible.

And don't forget a check valve!
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Loving these suggestions, exactly what I'm looking for! Thank you!!
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Check out the Eco Air pumps at Kensfish. I use the inexpensive Ecoplus 4 pump. It was only $24 and it has 4 outlets and adjustable output. Its also fairly quiet.
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Why mess around with junk? Get the smallest alita from kensfish or get the jehmco version for even less.

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$100 for an Alita to run four sponges in tiny tanks? That's overdoing it. (GREAT air pumps, though)

A $15 Fusion will more than get the job done.
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I have that one, too. I have each output split to 2 sponge filters. Very happy atm with it. It is not super quiet, but does the job for me economically.

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I use the Top Fin 8000 from petsmart that has 4 outlets and a dial on top to control flow. It currently operates 5 sponge filters at about 60% power no problem, i don't need it at 100%, so i do have room for another gang valve and sponges if i wanted. 3 months running strong! For $29 it worth the money for sure!

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I have that one, too. I have each output split to 2 sponge filters. Very happy atm with it. It is not super quiet, but does the job for me economically.
Yeah the quiet part is not there, that is for sure. But i tucked it in the corner and as long as nothing is touching it, it doesn't rattle or make too much noise. The bubbles from the sponge filters make more noise than the Pump.

But for the price and the power, i am a happy guy!

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I use the Luft air pump with 7.0 psi against water pressure.
Is not quiet at all, but placing some foam under it helps.
Also adjust's to suit my need's.
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*I could be wrong*, but I think the equation would be:

quieter air pump + price = K (where K is a constant)

The quieter the pump, the more cost involved.

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