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Re: [Killietalk] Air pump advice
Others have already chimed in but I thought I would jump in as well. I have the Linear pump LPH26, have been running it for 2 years+ now without a problem. I used it to replace several diaphragm pumps that were smaller but much noisier. I have 25+ outlets on this thing including running 6 outlets on (2) 55 gallon tanks and I have plenty of air to spare. I think I paid less than $200 for the thing and I have been very happy.
I would definitely not go with the diaphragm pumps as they are prone to failure. As far as the blowers go they are nice but very noisey and it sounds like it would be overkill for your application.
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> Hi all,
> I recently decided to change over from power filters on all my
> tanks to air operated filtration. I hope I'll be able to save some on
> electricty and I won't have as big an expense when I add tanks.
> I bought a used Whitewater LT26 pump and haven't finalized my
> manifold system. The other day my local pet store gave me their old
> Spencer Vortex Blower (model no. 006S) for a promise of nice guppies
> and black angels.
> Now I have a pleasant predictament. Which pump should I keep and which
> should I sell.
> The Blower was run with out an intake filter and needs a few parts
> replaced. While either pump will meet my needs, I'm thinking the
> blower might be the one to keep. It has a capacity of 12.4 CFM at 14"
> H2O and a maximum pressure of 25" H2O. The LT26 has a capacity of
> about 5 CFM at 0" H20.
> Right now I'll have about 30 outlets, ten of which will be in
> tanks 18" deep. I'm leaning towards keeping the blower even though
> it's a little more beat up. It delivers at least three times more air
> and I'll not get much more selling the blower than I'll get selling the
> LT26. Is this the right decision?
> I haven't any idea how operation costs or noise level compare and
> may be ignorant of other factors as well. If any one has had
> experience with both types of pumps, I would appreciate some input.
> Bill Martin
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