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World smallest air pump? stone?

Im looking for the smallest possible air pump- I am just culturing.... but the air pumps are far too powerful/large for a jar....
Anyone have some leads? I currently have two different ones- both are just frankly too powerful/big.


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So get one sized for a 10g and a flow control valve?
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So get one sized for a 10g and a flow control valve?
Im wondering if there is one the size of a coin?... I want the hub to be super tiny as well.... not the size of a deck of cards. The entire volume ids about 12oz... In a visible location, so sleek is key...

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I have been using this small pump for the last few months on by Kitchen counter tank.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Aquarum Co op just started selling this small pump
https://www.aquariumcoop.com/collect...-nano-air-pump
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This is the smallest I've seen...
https://www.amazon.com/Wodwad-Aquari.../dp/B07D8KY1W3

Looks to be the same as what Cory is selling at the Co op but doesn't include the 2 prong plug

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Might be easiest to hide the pump and use clear airline :/ I don't think they come much smaller than the ones linked...
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Try using aquariumcoop's USB nano air pump, this is what I am using for a small 1G.


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For lowering the output, don't just use a valve to choke flow as that does shorten the life of a diaphragm pump but instead leave an adjustable bypass to bleed off excess air.

When I can't find small enough, I move to plan two and work on disguise! This will take some thought to make it fit what you want on a personal level but how about something like a fake flower pot, picture, or other decor which might often be found in the location where a pump could hide? One of the plastic picture cubes for a set of fish pictures but hiding the pump?
I hid a big old 20 pound CO2 tank under this stand and fake plant for some time as the tank stand itself was full.
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Depending on the shape of your vase, here's a flat one: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MSRANQG...v_ov_lig_dp_it
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I hate to recommend something I haven't used long, but I picked up one of these about 6 months ago and have been pleased: https://www.amazon.com/Hygger-Aquari...dp/B07HKGB88M/ It's certainly tiny and quiet, but I can't speak for longevity yet.

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These are very good recommendations! I was looking at three of them specifically prior to my posting. I guess at the prices, it is worth trying... I just need it for some culture jars (less than 1 gallon each).

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When I can't find small enough, I move to plan two and work on disguise! This will take some thought to make it fit what you want on a personal level but how about something like a fake flower pot, picture, or other decor which might often be found in the location where a pump could hide? One of the plastic picture cubes for a set of fish pictures but hiding the pump?
I hid a big old 20 pound CO2 tank under this stand and fake plant for some time as the tank stand itself was full.
Beautiful! you are similar to me... form AND function.

Specifically I need these pumps to grow brine shrimp and dafnia (as I do my vinegar worms in a very sleek wine bottle)! I could build another enclosed area... but I have a feeling my spouse would scoff at me.... However its not like I have not done it before (7 tanks, plus growing cultures in my architectural home.... luckily I designed my home so I call the shots... or so I think?)

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Since we always have so many pictures scattered around and since you do want small, I thought of this as a way to hide at a very cheap price, that might look "right" for next to the tanks:
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Lucite-de...x3-5/168148235
Somewhat easy to cut and fit the pump but then I wondered how many might pick it up to look at the pictures and the game be exposed!
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Since we always have so many pictures scattered around and since you do want small, I thought of this as a way to hide at a very cheap price, that might look "right" for next to the tanks:
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Lucite-de...x3-5/168148235
Somewhat easy to cut and fit the pump but then I wondered how many might pick it up to look at the pictures and the game be exposed!
That is hilarious.

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