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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.