airpump needed, please advise

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12 Aug 2017 09:29 #1 by tommyt
tommyt created the topic: airpump needed, please advise
have been using TetraTec APS Pumps for past 7 years, burned one out after 4 yrs and the replacement is now noisy and one of the outlet nipples broke off - so effectively only getting 50% into tank,
I think i will go for a change in brand, what is reliable and most of all quiet, (tank is 430 lts)
look forward and appreciate any info,
T

slightly off topic, pity this forum has go so quiet, :(

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12 Aug 2017 09:47 #2 by gunnered72
gunnered72 replied the topic: airpump needed, please advise
Eheim make the best aquatic equipment of all....Filters, heaters, power heads and Air Pumps etc etc etc....More expensive but worth it...

No surprise its German engineering....

The Germans are miles ahead when it comes to fish keeping in all aspects from breeding to equipment to research etc etc etc...

I mean just look at the quality of Dennerle plants and Stendker Discus..........

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12 Aug 2017 09:52 #3 by tommyt
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agreed, yeah I'll check them out , dont mind paying extra for quality
have you/anyone here experience of the noise (or should i say the lack) from their filters?

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12 Aug 2017 15:04 - 12 Aug 2017 15:08 #4 by gunnered72
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Honestly if any modern filter is making noise there is a problem with it like a worn impellar etc...Either that or it hasnt been assembled properly in the first place...People need to start reading the instructions that come with them or else watch You Tube videos on it...All too often people rush home with new aqautic equipment, rip open the box and throw it together impatiently....Then complain its faulty whilst holding 5 extra parts in their hands...Its the Ikea syndrome lol... :crazy:

All you should hear with modern filters is water flowing...That goes for all brands...

As regards air pumps its impossible for them to be totally silent due to the vibrating parts inside...What people fail to realise about them is that they make more noise when there is no airline and filter stone connected to them....You can also diffuse the vibrations in them be wrapping them in a towel or rag etc or by standing them on a sponge platform of some sort...
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12 Aug 2017 15:26 #5 by tommyt
tommyt replied the topic: airpump needed, please advise
yeah my EX1200 filter is faultless and quiet, I have replaced air-stone on air-pump as the old one was laboring the pump, still nosier than usual, it sits on foamboard but had rubber pads anyway, opened it no rips in diaphrams, anyways I ordered an Eheim 400 today, now to buy some fish after my water change :-)

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13 Aug 2017 07:05 #6 by paulv
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I've an old eheim 400 it's running non stop for years, I sit it on a piece of foam and it's quiet. Only maintenance it gets is every few months to clean the little cotton filter at the air intake.

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13 Aug 2017 13:38 #7 by Jonlate
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I live in a bungalow, so drilled a small hole in the ceiling and put my air pump in the loft, hanging from a bit of airline tubing.

I fed the airline down into the tank, and cut the live wire on the pump to a switch, so I can turn the pump on and off.

Great system, and absolutely no noise.

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13 Aug 2017 14:05 #8 by tommyt
tommyt replied the topic: airpump needed, please advise
ha, that's one way of doing it, not in a bungalow though,

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16 Aug 2017 21:50 #9 by tommyt
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Installed the Eheim 400 today, can't believe how noisy the APS was in comparison,
I like the build quality and the fact that the outlet ports are recessed into body so they less likely to snap off (unlike the APS), enjoying hte tank again as that noise was beginning to annoy me ;-)

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