Quiet Air Pump Comparison Test Who makes a quiet air pump?Eheim, Whisper, Aquatop, Finnex Air Pumps

In this video, I test the sound of quiet air pumps – the Eheim 400 Air Pump, Aquatop Ap-100 Air Pump, Finnex P9000 Air Pump and the Whisper 100. The Eheim 400 is the most quiet by quite a bit. I recommend this pump if looking for the most quiet air pump.

Eheim Air Pumps: http://amzn.to/1QDjUMx
Aquatop Air Pumps: http://amzn.to/1R2flqW
Tetra Whisper Air Pump: http://amzn.to/1R2fvi1
Finnex P900 Air Pump: http://amzn.to/1QDk9Y0

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Mripj says:

+Aquarium Co-Op I would really love to see the Hygger in this comparison! The only pump on all the web with perfect ratings all around. Just don’t have the ability to test them all in one place.

rayzimmermin says:

biggest thing to remember is air pumps should not be rated at gallon size but tank depth because your not pumping against all the water in the tank but against the pull of gravity on the water above your air stone

so you don’t always need the biggest one

bill sandford says:

My whisper is super quiet I don’t even hear it

The Best Stooge says:

This is not a sure test because it may be quieter but what are all of their flow rates?

Dr.Trollish says:

Yeah I have never met the air pump that didn’t annoy the heck out of me. The Whispres and Aquatops are noise makers for sure. But they do the job ok so that’s all that matters. You just get used to dealing with the noise.

Dexter's World says:

Now, which one was the most powerful?? I wish I could have seen each pumps performance in the actual stock pond as I need to find one for this size pond.. Which one do you reccomend??

Nihilistenthusiast says:

So I just have to follow the link from this video and you’ll get the commission?

Also, have you ever used any Fluval airpumps? Specifically the Q1 or Q2?

goodall1bay says:

Whisper was formerly made by interpret

Igor V. says:

where can I buy the eheim air pump, amazon ships in 1 or 2 months?

Fred Smith says:

remember the dB scale is a logarithmic scale not a linear one. (10*log ( p1/p2)) as has been said 3dB is half or double. 1dB is significant. 12dB is an huge difference!

Tricilla Girl says:

We gotta new Fluval here. I’m just concerned if the noise harms my juvenile ciclids cause they are so sensitive to noise, even after a day they are still scared of the bubbles like it’s a monster. It is kinda funny but don’t want to hurt my fish.

merritt lyon says:

Looking for an air pump. My money goes to Eheim.

Christian says:

used WISA 300 for 50€ is the best one you can buy. It pumps for a long time and you can simply change the membran.

James says:

Should have been eheim and fluval

Aquarium Co-Op says:

*Buy yourself an aquatop air pump from our online store:* http://bit.ly/2zUK1fS

Betta Blue says:

I’ve had the Whisper pump for three months and it’s awful. I hate it!


Man I love this guy he is probably one of the most honest youtuber.

Jessica Cloud says:

Thanks for the reviews Cory!

Lee Rose says:

should off tested fluval one

The Sleep Tights says:

I love my Eheim 100! I have it running two 10 gallon betta tanks. Each with the Deep Blue Pro 10 sponge filters with airstones inside. Each tank has one betta, and one female bristlenose pleco. The Eheim pump is powerful! Moves a lot of water and is practically silent! Best pump I ever bought at only $35 on Amazon.

urpoche says:

I loved Eheim, but they closed all regional offices for Eheim support and now Big Al’s has the monopoly on Eheim parts. They charge outrageous prices for parts now.

callaway86 says:

12 db is ALOT of difference, DBs are not measured in a linear fashion, it’s like air resistance.

biggpapao says:

love your videos thanks for all the help. I’m setting up my fish room and will have about 15 – 20 tanks 29gal on the same shelving set up as your fish room.
Do you have a video on how to pick or size an air pump for a central air system?
this is where I’m stuck. thanks

raymond goodman says:

what if you put your airpump on a sponge so vibration is all but eliminated – probably a large source of noise…

Samuel Berry says:

Hi Cory love the videos and especially the podcasts your concentrating on, but would just like to point out that a difference of 10db is twice as loud, but that’s for the comparison

Kevin Joseif says:

I have that last air pump from Eheim and it is amazing from all the ‘silent’ air pumps I ever had. On the right surface I cannot hear that air pump. I live in the quiet country side as well. I have had it for at least 8 months and its still quiet! I highly recommend it.

Anonymous User says:

My dB is 82 with a new 20 year old Walmart brand pump that I just installed in a new tank.

Rob Call says:

I have a very cheap Aqua Culture air pump that runs at around 58db as well. Seems that is the standard level to me.

Dyne Dragon says:

Thanks for doing the comparison test. I ordered the EHEIM air pump you reviewed to replace an existing one and love how quiet it is and the boost in the air output in the tank!

Thanks again!

HamsterLuv7777 says:

For me I think there is a difference in the type of sound that the air pumps have. I prefer the Whisper pump of the cheaper ones because it has a lower sounding hum rather than a higher pitched hum which I find more annoying. I have a whisper and it has been acceptable. I have been looking to upgrade to a two outlet pump and I was looking at getting an Eheim, so I appreciate this comparison video.

Dulaj Ashen says:

my air pump stopped pumping air after about 1 month how to fix it

michael nguyen says:

More videos like this please cory 🙂

Aqua Peet says:

I have the Eheim 100 and it’s really quiet, for my little limewooden air bubble block that’s on 24h a day.
Though I purchased a noisy 240lph for my gravel vacuum rod for the extra oomph…

Uncle Terry says:

my Fusion model 300 is LOUD

Chris Nochance says:

You should redo this with the piston pumps you have?

Fridskans says:

And mind that db has a logarithmic scale.

General Chicken says:

What would be the most silent solution for pumping around 20-25 liters/min?
I currently have a Hailea V30 (30 l/min), but it sounds quite a bit since I have it in an apartment. Is there any more silent pump if I dont mind paying a bit more? Or is trying to build a sound isolation box the way to go?

David Kent says:

I know this video is 2 years old. But, I didn’t notice an accurate comparison to noise reductionin the brief run through comments I viewed. 1st great review, but, 12db reduction in audio terms is significant. 3db change is noticeable to nearly all humans. 10db change equates to a 10x volume change. You’re 1/6th comparison is not accurate. So for at 3x the cost you get more than 10x the reduction in noise. Ehiem all the way IMO.

junito1957 says:

if it quiet its a junk pump and not putting alot of air , how making a video on pumps for fish rooms not for nano tanks

Sean Chapman says:

Do you need an air pump? I’m buying a 100 litre tank, will be getting mostly small fish tetras and Bettas should I buy one

mandarin125 says:

I use an air pump on my aquarium, but my water keeps splashing out, getting everything around the aquarium wet. How can I fix it?

George Dekker says:

Thanks for the comparison. Got the Eheim 400. It’s super quiet compared to the old two small ones I had! The only things that makes noise are the check valves.

Radim Nytl says:

No jo, ale takhle se decibely neměří. Jsou tam dvě chyby: 1) měří se na neutrální podložce, 2) ve vzdálenosti 1 metru.

Blue Marble says:

All air pumps are incredibly noisy, even the very small Tetra Whisper 10 gallons make 10 times more noise than my 300 gph canister !!!

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