Originally Posted by OSagent23
If I'm understanding everything correctly you want to run multiple sponge filters on different tanks using one or two air pumps. Is this correct?
If the answer is yes. I'm am also going to assume you have 10 betas each in their own 3 gallon tank. Is that also correct?
I would naturally assume if the answers above are correct your are going to want an air pump powerful enough to run 10 sponge filters in each tank with enough air power to create the current needed soft enough for a beta but strong enough to cycle all the water through the sponge filters correct?
I would suggest a double output air pump for a 55 gallon aquarium. With all the T-valves and air tubes you are going to use have 1 output run 5 different tanks together and the 2nd output run the 5 other tanks ensuring you adjust the T-valves appropriately for each tank.
It's what I would do. The more t-valves you have and hoses connected to the pump the less air pressure each tank will receive. You can do it. You just have to play with the settings on each t-valve to get the right pressure that you want in each aquarium.
Boy, you are really, really great!! I had trouble explaining what I wanted to do and you got it right on the money!! Thank you!! Ok I understand everything you wrote and yes this exactly what I want to do. I have two small questions:
1. I want to use those water backups on each hose. Do you put them between the pump and the t valves or between the t valves and the filter?
2. How did you figure out the output of the air pump I needed? I understand that I would need more power because of all the splits but how did you figure out an air pump for a 55 gallon?
You are very smart. You must be doing this a while. Can't thank you enough.
Do you have an suggestions as to the size and type of sponge filters I should get and where to get them?
I'm asking alot, I know. I'm just trying to learn I guess real fast. Before I found this forum I thought I was doing everything right. The filter was missing and I really want to do right by my 10 "boys".