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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-08-2019, 10:11 AM Thread Starter
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Air pumps??? for planted tanks.

Is there a secret to being able to control 2 air stone lines for two separate 5.5 gal planted tanks? I have a Tetra whisper 10 air pump with a single outlet. I have put a plastic T on two lines that measure the same length from the T. I have a 1 inch air stone on each end in each tank. I have a 3 inch piece of tubing cut in half and a control valve in the center and have the one end connected to the pump,and the other connected to the center of the T. At first each stone was getting air and both stones worked fine. Today I noticed one of the air stones was not producing bubbles. I took it off and cleaned it and put it back on. still no bubbles. The Other side was working very well. I turned the airflow off at the control and turned it back on. The air was starting to bubble on the right tank but not the left. I turned the control onto full flow and still nothing on the left side. I disconnected both lines from the T and connected each one at a time to the control valve. Both sides work very well. I connected them back to the T and the left side didn't work again where as the right side seemed like it was on full.

Can someone tell me what I need to do to get both sides to work and adjusted for the air flow.
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-08-2019, 11:33 AM
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IME, the air stone is faulty - for some reason, clogged. If it can release air, use a valve on the other tube (one that works fine). Otherwise, you need to replace the air stone.

*** Not sure about US products, but local products sometimes get clogged - even newly used (I used to keep several spares in case - for goldfish). Only relatively high pressured air could get through.
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I have a single tetra whisper10 air pump hooked up to two sponge filters for two of my betta tanks. I had the same problem at first. The only way to the get the amount of air I wanted to each sponge filter was to have a separate control valve for each one. Then I could tweak it so they each got the right amount of flow.

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Same as finnfinnfriend.

I used a three-way gang valve and controlled each sponge filter or air stone individually. I have also had fairly new air stones clog same as indjo.

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Gang valve is what you need.
If you remove the tubing for the right stone from the T section and block it so air only flows to the left, do you get bubbles from the left?
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Yes I do get air from the left when the right is blocked and I get air on the right when the left is blocked . However I fixed the problem all together. I bought two Top Fin 5 gallon air pumps and each tank now has their own air. I even have one for the new tank and it is working fine.

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I was using whisper 10 until I got the frogbit. Frogbit doesn't like water flows, so I switched to a corner filter and it works really well. If you don't have floating plants whisper 10 is a great choice.
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Thank You jijicat, my black mustard gas tank is using the Whisper 10 and I have a whisper 10 for my elephant ear tank. I just bought 2 Top Fin 5 gallon pumps for the other two tanks I have.
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Thank You jijicat, my black mustard gas tank is using the Whisper 10 and I have a whisper 10 for my elephant ear tank. I just bought 2 Top Fin 5 gallon pumps for the other two tanks I have.
Maybe you could place the pump in a higher platform so the air always being pumped down? I don't know your settings so just guessing.
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Well I now have 4 pumps each has their own tank. I'm set for now. I think with in the next 6 months I'll need an industrial air compressor to do all the tanks in the basement I have planed. My wife said I can have all the tanks I want down there but she is going to limit me to 6 up stairs.
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