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Top 6 Aquarium Air Pump Picks


When it comes to choosing an air pump for use in saltwater aquariums, suitability, quality, as does price counts. Whether buying the simplest of air pumps for running a bubble wand and a few other shallow water devices, or a high performance unit designed for heavy-duty operations that produce excellent pressure and air volume for use in conjunction with other equipment, such as a protein skimmer, research and compare prices on air pumps your Guides consider to be some of the best to buy. Air pumps always make a great gift for almost any aquarist.

Battery Powered Air Pumps


Having one of these air pumps on hand during a power outage can help keep your aquarium running for hours in an emergency. Some of these units automatically switch from AC power to batteries when the power goes out.

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Coralife High Luft Air Pump

Coralife Luft Air Pump
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The Coralife Luft Pump produces a high-pressure (7.0 psi against water pressure) output, making it suitable for large or multiple aquariums. The heavy rubber diaphragm cannot be damaged by back pressure. The adjustable rheostat increases air flow by regulating electricity, not by blocking air flow.
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Coralife Super Luft Air Pump

Coralife Super Luft Pump
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The Coralife Super Luft Air Pump is a piston driven pump as opposed to a rubber diaphragm pump. These pumps produce a high volume of air and are capable of driving a number of air stones and other equipment.

Hagen Optima Air Pump

Hagen Optima Air Pump
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The Hagen Optima Air Pump is a reliable pump, delivering 5,000 cc/min at 4.0 P.S.I. Air flow from the pump is controlled by an efficient electrical rheostat. Manufacturer rated for tanks up to 55 gallons.
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Rena Air Pumps

Rena Air Pump
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The Rena Air Pumps are well constructed, quiet running, high output units. The larger units have flow control and are highly recommended by users.

Tetra Whisper Air Pumps

Tetra Whisper Air Pumps
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The Tetra Whisper Air Pumps (formerly TetraTec Deep Water Air Pumps) are quiet, high output, well constructed and long lasting units. There are 5 sizes available, with the largest (Tetra Whisper 100) model capable of driving multiple air devices to the bottom of the deepest tanks.
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