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Old 07-07-2018, 11:23 PM   #1
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so i have a 10 gal and im getting a build up of protein on the surface, i clean it up but its back after about 6 hours. i read that surface agitation helps it, but i wanna get a female betta and i know they dont like much movement. so would i be able to use an air stone with a betta?
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You could. A small airstone and a small air pump to run it shouldn't create too much surface agitation. There are small, plastic control valves you can get that attach to the plastic tubing, so you can set the amount of air that runs to the airstone. This will help get a bit more oxygen mixed into the tank water.

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You could. A small airstone and a small air pump to run it shouldn't create too much surface agitation. There are small, plastic control valves you can get that attach to the plastic tubing, so you can set the amount of air that runs to the airstone. This will help get a bit more oxygen mixed into the tank water.

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alright thank you, can you find these at like petco/petsmart or would it be better to go to an aquarium store? also my air pump has two places for a hose that run at the same time. would i safely be able put the valve on that sized and just turn it off?
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alright thank you, can you find these at like petco/petsmart or would it be better to go to an aquarium store? also my air pump has two places for a hose that run at the same time. would i safely be able put the valve on that sized and just turn it off?

For a dual output air pump I would get two things:
1) A plastic airline Tee to convert the two outputs to one
2) A gang valve with at least two outputs
With the gang valve, one line would go to the air stone and one line would serve as a “bleeder valve”. This would allow you to dispense excess air (that is not required by the air stone) and not put too much back pressure on the pump (which can lead to a shorter pump life).
What kind of filter do you currently have on the tank? If it is an HOB (hang on back) or internal filter, sometimes lowering the water level will increase the surface agitation.
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For a dual output air pump I would get two things:
1) A plastic airline Tee to convert the two outputs to one
2) A gang valve with at least two outputs
With the gang valve, one line would go to the air stone and one line would serve as a “bleeder valve”. This would allow you to dispense excess air (that is not required by the air stone) and not put too much back pressure on the pump (which can lead to a shorter pump life).
What kind of filter do you currently have on the tank? If it is an HOB (hang on back) or internal filter, sometimes lowering the water level will increase the surface agitation.


i have a HOB but the noise from having low water level and it annoys the crap out of me! ill try the airstone
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An easy way to reduce the splash noise on the HOB is to get a piece of bulk filter pad or an extra pad and cut it and tuck the bottom of the rectangle into the edge acouple -3 inches depending on how long it is, and allow the end to hang over the splashway/water exit to touch the area of water down to the water level which usually evaporates to between water changes each week.

I also have used a XL plastic bottle from SmartWater, or Aquafina, drank it and used the bottle with distilled water, or RO water to refill the level every day or 2. Used this when I had a tank in the bedroom, and by night 2 it would get noisy and by 3 loud, so pretty much each night just added a bit of water and it wouldn't make noise.

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For a dual output air pump I would get two things:
1) A plastic airline Tee to convert the two outputs to one
2) A gang valve with at least two outputs
With the gang valve, one line would go to the air stone and one line would serve as a “bleeder valve”. This would allow you to dispense excess air (that is not required by the air stone) and not put too much back pressure on the pump (which can lead to a shorter pump life).
What kind of filter do you currently have on the tank? If it is an HOB (hang on back) or internal filter, sometimes lowering the water level will increase the surface agitation.


so i got an air stone and a splitter cause i completely forgot about the gang valve. ill get the gang valve in a few days but for now im letting the air stone go wild and its working wonderfully, i instantly noticed a difference. ill post a video in a little bit. i have a different air stone that i wanna try
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Yeah, with two outputs on the pump, don't block one completely, or you will damage the pump. Amazon gang valves, probably $3 or so.
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