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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-14-2013, 09:39 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for HELP on which air pump to get

So I have 12 tanks up and going and sick of running so many air pumps for all of them and wanting to cut down on the number of pumps and tried of wasteing money on bigger air pumps that do good for a month then drop to half or less in air power or they are so loud you have to keep it outside lol. So I guess I am looking for advice from the bigger breeders on here that run multy tanks with 1 air pump. Any help or input would be nice.

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Air pump...

I was in this same position about a month ago. I knew I wanted a single pump, but wasn't sure what way to go. I looked at both mid-high end diaphragm pumps as well as linear piston pumps. In the end, I went with a diaphragm pump (DAPMH20) and it has been great. Very low noise, and plenty of air. I talked to the place that I ordered it from, and they were very helpful on helping me size the right pump. Since I run Hamburg filters, we went a little bigger.

The other thing that I did that worked well for me was to run 3/4" pvc pipe around the room in a loop, and then tapped the outlets off of the PVC pipe. This was really easy to do, and I only used friction fit (no gluing required) and it has been working just fine. I ended up getting the pump, tap set, tubing, adjustable flow outlets all from the same place, and couldn't be happier.

If you think that you will continue to add more and more tanks, you might look hard at the linear piston pumps. They are amazing, and super quiet. For me, I did the math, and even maxing out my existing space, I wouldn't outgrow the DAPMH20 pump, so that is the way I went.

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http://www.kensfish.com/moreinfo/ali...-air-pump.html

This is the pump I've been using the past 2+ years for my tanks.

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discus, how many tanks can you run from the AL-15A? I'm looking at 24 to 50 tanks of various heights.

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I asked this same question in equpiment a few days ago.

everyone suggested

Alita AL-40 Linear Air Pump or even the 60 if i was planning on doing more tanks.
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I vote linear piston pumps:

-no diaphragms to worry about
-powerful
-quiet

I've been running this one for almost 2 years, and love it:
Jehmco LPH26
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i use either the 600 or 700 dont member which and i have had up to 8 going at a time with no prob
http://www.kensfish.com/fusion-air-pumps.html
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discus, how many tanks can you run from the AL-15A? I'm looking at 24 to 50 tanks of various heights.
With 50 tanks the air pump won't be your main problem.
up to 24-26 tanks :
http://www.kensfish.com/moreinfo/eco...-air-pump.html

for more tanks You should use linear one.
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Thanks guys.

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