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  1. #1

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    0 Not allowed!
    I recently purchased my first fish tank and I live in a relatively small apartment so my number one concern is noise.

    I have a 65 gallon tank with a Fluval 306 filter which is great and very quiet. I have yet to introduce any fish to the tank because I would like for everything to be set up the way I would like it first. My problem at the moment is I find the air pump humming to be very annoying.

    I have researched a bit and found 3 possible option.

    1. I go no air pump and point the end of the filter upward because that will do enough to keep the water moving. I have seen many people say that I don't need the air pump, however at my local fish store they said this would be a disaster.

    2. I just turn the air pump off for a few hours a day when I am in the living room. (I dont care if it is on when I am at work, sleeping, or if I am cooking in the kitchen just for the few hours a day when i sit on my couch and read or watch TV)

    3. I go with a planted tank and no air pump.


    Please let me know what you guys think I am kind of leaning towards option 2 I just dont know if there will be any draw back. Obviously I would have to remember to plug the pump back in.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated I have invested heavily into my tank and I am excited about getting into the hobby but the noise from the pump is difficult for me to ignore.

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    You could put the air pump on a timer if you want, set it to be off when you are at home. If you have adequate surface agitation from your filter you really don't need an air pump. Does the water flow from the filter break the surface at the top and dip into the tank with little bubbles on occasion? If so then this should allow enough gas exchange.

    Years ago I had a very noisy air pump and I put it on a firm open cell sponge (so air could move and the sponge didn't hold in heat) that helped to deaden the buzz from it.
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    1 Not allowed!
    You don't need an air pump to keep fish. None of my 3 tanks has one. Just set your filter to agitate the surface of the water.

    What you DO need to do is read the fishless cycling sticky in the beginner section of the forum; we can help you with any questions you have.

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    It's interesting what salespeople will tell customers. I'm trying to figure out why they said you have to have an air pump and how not having one would be a disaster. Did they say how / why it would be a disaster? Or just that it would be and you should buy this pump and this tubing and while you're at it, you need this too... or else!
    I have 3 tanks. Only one has an air pump and that's only because it's needed for the sponge filter to work and we like the bubbles. If we didn't like the bubbles, I'd replace the sponge filter with a different kind of filter and remove the air pump. And my tank would be fine.
    Welcome to the forum! And congrats on the new tank! :)

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    0 Not allowed!
    You don't NEED an air pump, but they are a good thing. They increase aeration and flow. I have seen them save entire setups many times when the filters stopped for no good reason. I personally would never run a tank without one. Are you LIKELY to have this issue, probably not. Is $30 worth of stuff that could save your entire setup worth it? To me it is.

    Noise is nothing on the good ones. I prefer the Azoo pumps on DrsFosterSmith. They are silent, strong, and high quality. The largest is about $16. Some black tubing, a check valve, and a couple air stones (or pack of four) will keep you well under $30. Best of all many fish like the bubbles and will play in them.
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