Each aquarist is aware of a small but irreplaceable aquarium device, which, under low pressure, forces air into the thickness of aquarium water. Air bubbles, rising to the surface create a slight boiling, oxygen from the air actively saturates your body of water. This burbulyator is called a compressor or aerator. Aer – Latin for air.
Compressors for the aquarium are of several types. The most common and long known piston and membrane. Not so long ago, aPUMP type piezo compressors appeared on the market. In addition, the problem of water saturation with oxygen can be solved by ordinary aquarium pumps or aero-lift filters.
With all the diversity, the main drawback of all types of aquarium compressors is the noise they make. If your aquarium is in a room where someone is sleeping, the noiselessness of the compressor is one of its most important qualities. Unfortunately, there are no silent compressors – their principle of operation is based on vibration.
One of the noisiest compressors is membrane. However, the membrane compressor will save you some energy costs, it has a long service life, it almost never breaks. In addition, it is more effective. Therefore, such an aerator can be connected to several aquariums at once.
The generally recognized leader among silent compressors are piston compressors. Recently, competition for piston aerators, in terms of the noise produced, was made by piezo compressors. However, they also have a drawback – they are thin and do not put in a tank over 200 liters.
When the tank capacity is large enough – from 150 liters or more, some aquarists install two or more aerators into it. In this case, you can choose compressors of different principles of operation – piston or piezo and membrane. The first can be included at night, the second – in the daytime.
There is another little trick. To extinguish the vibration that creates noise, you can put a flat rubber or foam rubber mat under the compressor, for example, from a computer mouse or a fragment of an old yoga mat. Sometimes aquarists take the compressor to another room, and connect it to the aquarium with a long tube – an air duct. This method is not considered effective. Imagine how much power a compressor needs to be in order to “push” air over a long distance?
Another device that effectively solves the problem of water saturation in an aquarium with oxygen is the H2Show BubbleMaker type aerator – this device is installed inside the aquarium and works according to the Venturi principle by “sucking” the air through a tube creating a powerful whirlwind from small bubbles using a rotor, while the compressor is not need
Aquarium pump, which is the basis of all modern internal filters for aquariums, is also often used to saturate water with oxygen. Additional function gives a small device that allows you to "suck" the air from the surface and enthrall him after the movement of water. In addition, the pump helps to coordinate the flow of aerated, oxygen-rich water, which is also a major element of biological filtration. If you have a large aquarium, from 150 liters or more, it is advisable to purchase a pump that will help ensure good circulation of water, thus contributing to the well-being of all inhabitants of the aquarium. The tube for air leaks from the surface also makes a specific noise – a light whistle, which can annoy people with sensitive sleep. However, this problem was learned to solve. In modern pumps, tubes are equipped with a small cap. By changing the position of the stub, you can get rid of obsessive noise, or at least significantly reduce it.
The latest in a series of devices that enrich water with oxygen, you can put airlift filters. Actually, this is a design that provides additional capabilities to any of the above compressors. Air is aerated into a device equipped with porous materials (sponges, zeolites, etc.). Bubbles of air escaping to the surface create cravings that entrain aquarium water behind them into the filter elements. Airlift filters produce a constant murmur. By experience, almost no one has managed to reduce the noise of airlift filters.
If you are not satisfied with the quality of branded aquarium compressors, you can do it yourself. However, such a device will work well only if you have the skills to create such mechanisms. Self-made compressors can cause a short circuit in water, which is very dangerous for life. Waterproofing in this case – a very necessary part of the aerator. Well, the design of self-made devices, as a rule, leaves much to be desired.
Obviously, each of us wants to choose good, high-quality equipment that would meet our needs and requirements. This article focuses on aquarium compressors. The fundamental requirement of any aquarist to the compressor is its silent operation. Based on our own experience and collected opinion of our members of the forum, we decided to make the TOP-best compressors for the aquarium. The purpose of this rating is to publish the opinion of aquarists, who in practice have experienced various aquarium compressors. We will evaluate the noise of the device itself, the noise from the puzkov is not considered.
The following compressors were ranked the best:
The Schego Optimal compressor is a forum discussion here.
The aPump compressor is a forum discussion here.
Prime Compressor – forum discussion here.
Aerator H2Show (Hydor) Bubble maker – review material here.
Ehmein compressor – forum discussion here.
So, here is our topic.
5th place: Eheim 100/200/400
Description: a modern device that will allow you to saturate aquarium water with vital oxygen. Suitable for both marine and freshwater aquariums. Due to its compact size, such a compressor does not take up much space, and its convenient form of attachment will allow you to install in any place. The amount of air flow is simply adjusted by means of a switch that is located on the front panel of the device. It works almost silently.
4th place: Schego Optimal
Description: Schego Optimal compressor – one of the most popular among aquarists. Suitable for aquariums from 50 to 300 liters, capacity up to 250 l / h with a power of 5 watts. Air flow can be adjusted. Low vibration makes the compressor almost silent. If desired, and the presence of a splitter, it can be connected directly to several aquariums. The device has legs to increase stability, and if necessary it is suspended vertically. The pre-filter is easy to change, the long-life membrane ensures a long life of the aerator.
3rd place: PRIME
Description: PR-4113 piezo compressor for aquariums up to 200 liters, is currently the smallest and most silent in the world. The air pressure generated by the PR-4113 compressor allows it to be used for aquariums with a height of water column up to 100 cm.
2nd place: aPump
Compressors from the COLLAR company are ideal for small aquariums.
1st place: H2Show (Hydor) Bubble maker
H2Show BubbleMaker – underwater aerator, which creates a powerful whirlwind of small bubbles, while the compressor is not needed. The aerator itself is located inside the aquarium, only the power supply cable and the air hose that can be inside the aquarium are outside – the main thing is that its tip is out of the water. Of course, if there is such a device in the aquarium, the compressor is no longer needed.
Why Bubblemaker we put in the first place? As can be seen from the description – it is not quite a standard compressor, as listed above. Eheim, Prime, Schego, aPump – they are all installed outside the aquarium. BubbleMaker is installed inside the aquarium – under water. Due to this, water absorbs any noise produced by the device. And since we evaluate the noise level of the compressor, BubbleMaker becomes the clear leader. He just can not hear.
The only nuance of this device is that the working depth recommended by the manufacturer is no more than 45 cm, although in practice there are examples of successful operation of this device even when installed at a depth of 55 cm.
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This is our review. Of course, how many people have so many opinions, so read the links given above, discuss, suggest your own options – this will only benefit the entire aquarium community.