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Old 03-23-2014, 07:03 PM   #1
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How much air do bubble walls take?

Just put in a bubble wall in my 15 gallon and I put the biggest air pump I have on it, only to have a small trickle of bubbles. While not marked, I calculated that I "should" be getting around 5000 CC/Min of air to it based on the markings on another pump (though that doesn't mean much). Bubble wall is around a foot or so long. About how much air would the average bubble wall require to properly bubble with a nice, thick curtain of bubbles like airstones put out?

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Old 03-24-2014, 01:12 PM   #2
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Just put in a bubble wall in my 15 gallon and I put the biggest air pump I have on it, only to have a small trickle of bubbles. While not marked, I calculated that I "should" be getting around 5000 CC/Min of air to it based on the markings on another pump (though that doesn't mean much). Bubble wall is around a foot or so long. About how much air would the average bubble wall require to properly bubble with a nice, thick curtain of bubbles like airstones put out?

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Is it a sand made bubble wall or like a plastic or rubber tube???
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It's really like a airstone plate. About 1 inch by 18 inches or so. Used to be popular when I was a kid but I haven't seen this one in stores in years.
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It's really like a airstone plate. About 1 inch by 18 inches or so. Used to be popular when I was a kid but I haven't seen this one in stores in years.
You need to soak these for 24hrs before using them. Try leaving it off but in the tank for 24hrs and then try it.
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Leaving it in your tank is fine, as long as your pump is higher than the airstone. Otherwise it could siphon water into the pump.
The capacity of pumps are rated at (free flow). Once you hook them to something, and put under water you create back pressure, which reduces the air flow drastically.
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I figured my airflow would be off...

Can those airstones still be found? I bet I'm just not looking in the right place.

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I think PetSmart has the airstones
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Leaving it in your tank is fine, as long as your pump is higher than the airstone. Otherwise it could siphon water into the pump.
The capacity of pumps are rated at (free flow). Once you hook them to something, and put under water you create back pressure, which reduces the air flow drastically.
It won't siphon if you use a check valve, which you need to use anyway...
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I figured my airflow would be off...

Can those airstones still be found? I bet I'm just not looking in the right place.

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A check valve will further restrict flow. However if your placing the airpump lower than your tank, then one is a very good idea.
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