Air pump, too many bubbles?

5 years ago #1
Sarah
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Hi i'm wondering if anyone can give me any advice. I've had 2 goldfish now for nearly 2 yrs unbelivable for us! and around 7months ago i invested in a bigger set up (2nd hand) however the filter packed up and my father gave me a fluval 2plus which has been great.
Then the air pump i had packed up and i bought a standard one off ebay but its throwing out more bubbles than the previous pump and due to having to have the water level high to accomodate the fluval and water is dripping over the sides! (i hadn't noticed until today and my wood floor has warped).

The fluval doesn't give off many if any bubbles and there is no setting on the air pump to lesson the amount of bubbles. I don't suppose there is anyway to do something to the air pump to reduce the amount of bubbles?

If it helps its a 60ltr tank with 3 goldfish and 2 small weather roaches (dad donated them)

Thanks

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5 years ago #2
Fry Daddy
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Check with your local aquarium shop. You need to get a T splitter and a valve for your airline. Connect the airline from your airpump to one end of the splitter. Connect a section of airline from the other end of the splitter to your tank and connect the valve with a short peice of air to the remaining splitter connection. You can then open and close the valve to bleed off the excess pressure and get the desired air flow.

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5 years ago #3
Sarah
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Great thanks i guess it was a simple answer i'm such a duh!!

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5 years ago #4
clonlaracyclone
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Welcome to the forum
Make sure you check the support stand your aquarium is sitting on in case it has also been water damaged

I had a slow leak in my first aquarium Was only when I was hoovering under the table I saw that it was very close to collapsing due to absorbing the aquarium water I and my fish had lucky escape on that occasion
I use an Aquarium G clamp/Aquarium Hose clamp for airline tubing to reduce or increase my bubbles from air stones

Just attach to your existing air line about 4 inches from your air pump outlet and twist G-clamp closed until bubbles being produced have reduced to the amount you want
Let us know how you get on

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5 years ago #5
Sarah
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Thanks for that i actually have the tank on a very sturdy wooden table with drawers, and its only dripped down the back of the tank onto the laminated floor (which is pretty easy to warp)...

I've just realised what i've done i didn't put the old air stone on the end of the pipe when i got the new air pump!!!!! i just stuck it into a skull head.

My apologies i'm such an idiot i think i've been looking at it all day and puzzling over it and missed the OBVIOUS!!!

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5 years ago #6
clonlaracyclone
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No worries happens to the best of us
Glad you got it sorted in the end

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5 years ago #7
KristinAnn
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If you already have a filter, you might not need the airpump or airstone, unless the fish seem to be gasping in the tank.

Just a heads up, 60 litres (roughly 15 gallons) is extremely small for 3 goldfish. Ideally, a tank for 3 goldfish would be more like 40-45 gallons minimum (150-170 litres). That's n ot including the weather loaches.

2 years sound like a long time, but given the right conditions, golfish should be able to live for 20 years.

I would recommend reading this article/post: http://www.aquariacentral.com/forums/showpost.php?p=2113828&postcount=2

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5 years ago #8
sarah
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Thank you Kristin the goldfish are not on the large side although i expect to transfer them to the pond next spring the weather loaches are only tiny at present although they will stay where they are for as long as they live

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1 year ago #9
kitty
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hi please help me. i bought a splitter for my smaller tank. but the other line/hose doesnt produce bubbles. it has shorter hose than the bigger aquarium that produce more bubbles.. thanks..

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1 year ago #10
braziergm
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I hope you got a solution by now for this problem. .this sometimes happens to is..
-usually the airline hose is not connected to the pump properly
-how big is your pump, th sto e who gives the least resistance may put out th most air...
-is there a kink or any type of an obstuction in your airline?
-sometimes just wiggling it a bit solves the problem.

Thanks

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1 year ago #11
GarryJ
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Hi Braziergm.

Just for your information, the post before yours was 3 months old, and the previous ones were 4 years old.

Just look at top right corner of the post you are thinking of replying to, and this will give you the time of last post.

Nothing wrong in what you are doing, just that the post is well and truly sorted. Nothing to be embarrassed about, it happens regularly here. But now you know, all should be good.

Hope this helps.

Gaz

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