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Hey Gang,

So I've been thinking about a single linear air pump that will handle every tank where I have most of my tanks. I have 3 tanks that have canister/ power filters on them and others with powerheads.

My question is about brands that you all may have used in the past in your "fish rooms" or are currently using as well as their wattage/ power ratio and niose pollution... If I could get a single unit and supply enough air to all of these tanks to avoid even having to use powerheads, that would be a big plus!

I'm currently running 6 air pumps, 9 power heads, 2 canister and 2 Hob for all of these tanks. Even though the watt useage on each are small, it adds to a 100w or more, easily. I'm positive that I can take a big chuck of that wattage usage away and still maintain good water movement in the tanks while still maintain ample filtration.

I was looking at a Pondmaster Pump (AP-40)

List of Tanks:

4x 8g
4x 10g
1x 12g
1x 20g
3x 40g
1x 50g
1x 55g

Thanks in advance!

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I bought an ECO Air 1 Commercial Airpump
output: 793gph
watts: 20
I haven't used it yet but the sound is ok for this size pump but i've heard there are some that are quieter. I would like to know others input as well..
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Andrew,

That pond master will certainly accommodate your needs, my only concern is the noise. I personally have not had to use any of the larger pumps as I run my 4 tanks off of a single whisper 100. You have 13 tanks with 329 gallons of water to circulate so either 3 whisper 100's ,but best to use just one larger one like the pond master at only 20W usage..
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I use a medo linear pump and so do most people in my club they are very quiet and last long time you can rebuild for $70 I have the LA-45 and run 31 outlets it can handle more the LA-28 does 20-30 outlets I've had mine running for 8 years no problems.
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I bought an ECO Air 1 Commercial Airpump
output: 793gph
watts: 20
I haven't used it yet but the sound is ok for this size pump but i've heard there are some that are quieter. I would like to know others input as well..
I have seen those and wondered their performance. I defientley want something a smidge overpowered with low wattage.

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Andrew,

That pond master will certainly accommodate your needs, my only concern is the noise. I personally have not had to use any of the larger pumps as I run my 4 tanks off of a single whisper 100. You have 13 tanks with 329 gallons of water to circulate so either 3 whisper 100's ,but best to use just one larger one like the pond master at only 20W usage..
well our LG Dishwasher is only 45dba and it's literally near dead silent. So I think that 40dba that the AP-40 proposes would be fine.

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I use a medo linear pump and so do most people in my club they are very quiet and last long time you can rebuild for $70 I have the LA-45 and run 31 outlets it can handle more the LA-28 does 20-30 outlets I've had mine running for 8 years no problems.
Ya know I did notice those but with the higher wattage of the LA-45 and being $80 more... And the LA-28 being 29w but still running $75 more the pondmaster seems like the wayt to go. At least from the site I'm loking at. Plus neither of the Medo's are in stock there.
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Do you guys run individual airlines from the pump to tank? or have a ring main and then tap in to that?

If you use a ring main what diameter piping are you using?

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I have seen those and wondered their performance. I defientley want something a smidge overpowered with low wattage.



well our LG Dishwasher is only 45dba and it's literally near dead silent. So I think that 40dba that the AP-40 proposes would be fine.



Ya know I did notice those but with the higher wattage of the LA-45 and being $80 more... And the LA-28 being 29w but still running $75 more the pondmaster seems like the wayt to go. At least from the site I'm loking at. Plus neither of the Medo's are in stock there.
What I like about the medo pump is they use a piston not a diaphragm.
http://www.septicsolutions.net/store...epairkits.html
http://www.septicsolutions.net/store/medoairpump.htm
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Do you guys run individual airlines from the pump to tank? or have a ring main and then tap in to that?

If you use a ring main what diameter piping are you using?

Cheers.

(Sorry for jacking your thread)
No not at all. it's an informative thread. Ask away!

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What I like about the medo pump is they use a piston not a diaphragm.
http://www.septicsolutions.net/store...epairkits.html
http://www.septicsolutions.net/store/medoairpump.htm
interesting... What are the noise and heat levels like?

I havea Coralife Luft Air Pump that I tried replacing the Gaskets and diaphragms on and it still doesn't want to pump air for some reason.... Any ideas? I know that sounds like a long shot but if there's anything particular that needs special attention when reassembling that I may have missed, that would be nice. Seems no one rebuilds them though. but it'sa piston style as well.
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