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Old 03-15-2011, 06:01 PM   #1
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Bio-wheel filters(do I need an air pump?)

I have two tanks with bio wheel filters. One 6 gal and a 29 gal.
Do I need the airpumps/stones in those or is the water getting enough oxygen from the filter?
The 6 gal is going to be well planted after I transplant my convict to the 30 or 55 gal.
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BTW: with the 75 and the RENA XP3. Am I going to need an air pump? Also, can someone plz explain to me what is the airstone with a large sponge around it at the tanks bottom all about that I see in some tanks?
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If the fish aren't gasping at the surface, then you have enough surface agitation. FWIW, I've not used an air stone since I had the neon gravel and scuba diver bubbler... my filters have always provided adquate surface agitation.
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Biowheels are excellent at aeration. I don't use them but even if I did I would still use air pumps. The last tihing you want is for them to be fine UNTIL the filter's motors stops running or something like that.
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+1 for mfd. I don't see a need for an air stone in my tanks.
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The air stone may create to much of a current in your 6 gallon. It sure did in my 5 gallon and I had to remove it. But it should be fine in your 29. I also didnt need one in my old 20 gallon.
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I have a pump with a bio wheel and seems to have plenty of agitation, yet my balloon molly still gasps for air. I am going to be putting in an air pump as soon as i can
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Gasping at the surface can be a sign of ammonia or nitrate poisoning. Make sure your water quality is good.
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It is usually nitrite poisoning that will cause gasping.
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Thanks, I am trying to figure this out right now, there is a nother thread on what i am doing. But lets get back to the original purpose of this thread.
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