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Product Comparison Table for Aquarium Air Pumps
**Before reviewing the individual air pumps, I’d like to discuss some of the benefits they can provide.
If you’re already clued up on the benefits, and would just like to read detailed reviews, you can jump straight to that section by clicking here.
Benefits of Using an Air Pump
We know that air pumps aren’t 100% necessary. There are many aquarists who never use them and have great success.
But, there are still some benefits your tank will receive if you use a quality air pump. Let’s take a look at them…
Increased Oxygen Levels
The main purpose of an air pump is to help oxygenate the water in your aquarium. Some people believe this is due to the bubbles passing through the water, however, this has little effect.
It’s actually down to the extra surface movement which the bubbles create.
The more surface movement you have, the more contact your water has with the air. This results in more oxygen getting into your tank.
Having increased oxygen levels will benefit all aspects of your aquarium. Live plants, fish, and beneficial bacteria will thrive with higher oxygen levels.
This can be especially beneficial in the hot summer months.
As when your water heats up, it’s ability to hold oxygen decreases. Air pumps are good to add that extra that’s needed.
Improved Water Circulation
Water movement is vital to keeping a healthy aquarium. There’s many unseen processes that occur as the water in your tank circulates.
We know increased movement will help oxygenate your water, but, it will also help to:
Decoration and Play
Having an air pump can only benefit your fish and aquarium.
Best Aquarium Air Pumps Reviewed
When researching the best air pumps on the market, we wanted to concentrate on finding a balance between efficiency, durability, and quietness.
Here are some reviews on the best ones we found:
The Active Aqua air pump features a multi-level muffler, and it does a very good job at minimizing sound disturbances.
Its artificial rubber construction makes it great for a steady air flow output and pressure.
The energy efficient pump is powerful and definitely strong enough to keep a sufficient amount of water circulation in your tank.
There’s a control pressure knob on the top, so you’re able to adjust the airflow – making sure it’s appropriate for your tank size.
You’re able to choose from four different sizes:
2. Marine Metal A-2 Air Pump
Suitable for fresh and saltwater aquariums, the Marine Metal A-2 produces 99.5% saturation of dissolved oxygen.
This creates efficient air extraction from the water, helping to sustain your fish over extended periods of time.
The air pump is durable and has a rubber base mount. This reduces sound, as the rubber base decreases surface vibrations.
The kit includes air stones and silicone tubing. Both are very easy to install, and the air stones can provide a greater level of dissolved oxygen.
No batteries required here, and each unit is tank tested to ensure you get a quality product.
3. Danner Aqua Supreme AP-8 Air Pump
Another air pump which supports both fresh and saltwater tanks, you’ll get four separate outlets.
This allows you to aerate single or multiple tanks at the same time.
It’s got a powerful energy efficient motor that will work to cut back on your electricity costs. And you’ll be able to adjust the airflow to get your desired results.
It’s compatible with most standard airline tubing, and I recommend you cover up any unused outlets, as they can ramp up the sound.
4. Elemental Commercial O2 Air Pump
5. Tetra Whisper Air Pump AP Series
This UL-listed air pump is good for promoting superior water movement inside the deepest aquariums (up to 8 feet deep).
Significant back pressure creates a strong enough airflow to power long decorator air stones in multiple tanks. And it works well to complement protein skimmers.
6. Eheim Air Pump Series
This is a very quiet air pump, due to its vibration dampening rubber endings. It has a very powerful motor only uses 4 watts and can handle a superior amount of back pressure.
This allows you to place your air stones (included in the kit) very low in your tank. Making it ideal for larger or taller aquariums.