of Aquarium Circulation Pumps
One of the most important parts of an
aquarium is the aquarium circulation pump – since most aquariums can survive
without light, but none can survive without water movement. Creating water
is one of the simplest tasks you
can do, yet it’s also one of the most vital. Water brings oxygen and new algae
and washes away any waste in the tank. An aquarium circulation pump also
reduces the need for frequent cleanings by moving the water around and
providing the necessary catalyst for most filters to function.
Varieties of Pumps
Different kinds of aquariums
require different types of pumps. There are generally two main types of
aquarium circulation pumps, including:
Air pumps work to push air into the
water of the aquarium and are often found outside the tank. Air pumps are great
for adding pressurized air to the tank to keep filters working.
Water pumps are submersible, or inline
water. Each has its own advantages and the filter used for personal preference
often determines whether to opt for a submersible or inline water pump. A
submersible water pump operates entirely underwater by drawing water from the
filter and sending it back through the aquarium, often in conjunction with one
or more types of aquarium filtration systems. Easy to install, water pumps are
considered the quietest style of pump.
In-line water pumps are connected to an
inlet hose used to filter aquarium water, typically located externally. These
pumps are extremely powerful and are capable of moving many more gallons per
hour than the average submersible pump.
Both pumps aerate stagnant water, which creates
currents and causes water to move through accessories like sumps, filters and
skimmers. But each will serve the different needs of any given tank.
The pump needs to have the capacity to
manage any peripherals that may require it for proper functioning. The pump
must also be the right kind for the type of water managed in the aquarium.
If you are running a filter, skimmer or
something similar in conjunction with a pump, you will need to consider a pump
capable of processing a compatible volume of water, at a given speed. This speed depends on the demands of the
additional devices. Most filtration devices require a turnover of around 6
gallons of water per hour and it is best to have a pump that is capable of
moving water at that speed. For example, a pump for a 30 gallon tank should be
graded to move at least 180 gallons per hour.
Saltwater aquariums are highly corrosive
and all pump parts used in these aquariums must be made with anti-corrosive
material. However, a pump graded for saltwater can be used effectively in
Aquarium Circulation Pump
An aquarium pump is an aeration
device to keep water circulating in tanks. The aquarium circulation pump
creates a happy and healthy environment for fish by mimicking the currents and
waves of a natural habitat as closely as possible. A circulation pump also
keeps the environment clean and productive for fish.