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How to make an air sprayer for an aquarium :: Do-it-yourself aerator for aquarium :: Different
In pet stores there is a fairly wide range of aquarium accessories, including nozzles for an aerator that spray air in the form of small bubbles. Nevertheless, many aquarists prefer to do these dispensers with their own hands.
The question “How to view where the order goes” – 2 answers
- – compressor;
- – long flexible tube;
- – needle;
- – porous stone or piece of porous wood.
1. Aquarium inhabitants need a sufficient oxygen content in the water for a full life. Now there is a large variety of aerators designed to cope with this task.
They operate according to the same scheme: outside air is pumped through a hose into the aquarium and sprayed, and the smaller the bubbles, the better the aeration. Pet stores offer nozzles for air compressors at reasonable prices, but some aquarists are not satisfied with their monotony, while others just enjoy creating the equipment for a home pond on their own.
Anyway, in the presence of suitable materials it is rather easy to make a sprayer.
2. The simplest option is a long rubber tube (perhaps the aerator hose itself), on which frequent, as in a sieve, holes are made with a simple needle. One end of the tube is attached to the compressor, and the other is blocked to allow air to escape through the punctures.
This design can be placed under the ground along the back wall of the aquarium, and the rising bubbles will not only provide its inhabitants with oxygen, but also create additional decor.
3. Nozzles for a compressor can also be made of any porous materials that do not emit harmful substances into water, for example, from abrasive stone and porous wood species. Before placing these sprayers in the aquarium, they must be sterilized in boiling water.
In order for the air to be well distributed, the nozzle must ideally, without gaps, be fitted to the tube through which the air flows.
4. It is not recommended to use synthetic materials (household sponges, etc.), since it is likely that they will release substances into the water that may adversely affect the health of aquarium inhabitants and even lead to their death. Chasing a beautiful design or low cost, we should not forget that the aquatic biosystem is quite fragile and sensitive to any changes.
If you are not sure about the safety of the material used for the sprayer, it is better to give preference to the purchase option.
5. It is important to note that small bubbles require more air pressure, which means that the load on the aerator increases. This can affect the rate of natural wear and tear, energy consumption and noise background, which is almost inevitably created when the compressor is running.
Sprayers, both home-made, and purchased, tend to clog, therefore, subject to periodic replacement.
The use of synthetic substances is not recommended.
Before you start creating a sprayer, well study the characteristics of the material: does it emit toxic substances, does it change the acidity of water, etc.
The main types of professional aquarium compressors
It has already been mentioned that a larger number of small air bubbles have the best effect on the degree of oxygen saturation of water. This is achieved with the help of the so-called sprayer, which can also be made independently.
Special knowledge and skills are not needed here.
First way: use of a short rubber tube that is put on the outlet hose. It is enough to pierce a set of holes with a needle from all sides of the tube, firmly plug its free end – and the sprayer is ready.
By the way, such holes can be punctured on the air hose itself, but it is better not to spoil it and use a rubber spray nozzle.
There is another option. For example, a natural stone looks very impressive in an aquarium, from which a lot of air bubbles come out.
For this fit myotis porous or porous limestone. But in this case, there are two problems. First, it is necessary to take into account the influence of the stone on the state of the rigidity of the aquarium aquatic environment.
And secondly, it is necessary to ensure reliable fastening of the edge of the output air hose to the stone. In principle, a special silicone will help to successfully solve this problem.
If the “can” is low and long (there are such forms of aquariums), then the air should be sprayed in several places. Otherwise, all the fish will be collected in one place aeration.
You need to take a longer piece of rubber tube (almost equal to the length of the aquarium), and pierce the tiny holes in groups in several places at the same distance from each other. This tube can be placed on the bottom along the back wall and slightly decorated. Columns of air bubbles will rise from these areas, uniformly mixing water with oxygen.
Yes, and looks like aeration is very attractive.
With the normal maintenance of ornamental fish and water plants, a compressor cannot be dispensed with. Some advanced home craftsmen assemble such devices using standard electric motors, grind out the flywheel and pump parts on lathes, and place homemade devices in soundproof boxes.
Of course, such technical home-made deservedly are the pride of their owners.
However, in all other cases it will be easier and more reliable to purchase an inexpensive commercial compressor, which, if properly used, will last a long time, providing pets with life-giving oxygen.
There are two main types of air spray for an aquarium: from natural material and from artificial. The first ones are made of special porous rocks of stone, which pass a stream of air through themselves, crushing it into many small bubbles that go into the water.
These dispensers are the most environmentally friendly, but their disadvantage is the noise that they produce when working. Therefore, most people with aquariums, and especially those with whom they are located in the bedroom, choose the second type of sprayers.
They are made of soft rubber with holes through which air escapes. Such sprays are much quieter, while they often have the form of long strips that can be laid out along the bottom of the aquarium, ensuring uniform water saturation with gas.
This version of the sprayer is also ideal for use in large aquariums designed for large volumes of water.
Although sufficiently powerful and large compressors are designed for large aquariums, experienced breeders suggest using not one but several sprayers located in different parts of the bottom. Although it is not recommended to bury them in the ground, as this accelerates the clogging of the holes in the material, but many still do it to give their aquarium a more aesthetic vernal appearance.