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Best Small Air Pump and Filter for Fish in a Bowl

Updated on July 18, 2014

Air Pump for Fish Bowl

Goldfish or any kind of small fish can live in a fish bowl without filter and air pump as long as you always change the water every other day and you are able to maintain the normal temperature inside the tank. If you cannot do that, you need to have a filter and pump to maintain the cleanliness and circulation of water on your tank or aquarium.

There are many different kinds of filter and oxygen pumps you can choose from. In choosing an air or oxygen pump for your fish tank, check first the GPH (Gallon per hour). For small tank, the lower the GPH, the better. Big capacity will make too much movement and bubbles on your water tank.

You can choose the set of pump or you can mix and match the pump with other aeration filter depending on the size of your tank.

TOM Aquarium Mini Internal Filter 45gph adjustable flow

Air Pump

TOM Aquarium Mini Internal Filter 45gph adjustable flow

KollerCraft TOM Aquarium Mini Internal Filter, 45 GPH
KollerCraft TOM Aquarium Mini Internal Filter, 45 GPH

One of the best filter and pump for small tanks. This is good for 1 gallon up to 6 gallons of water. You can set and adjust the direction and flow of water. This set includes the spray bar and directional flow diffuser. You can also use other diffuser if you want.

 

TOM Aquarium Aqua Lifter Pump 3.5gph flow rate to 30 inches height

TOM Aquarium Aqua Lifter Pump 3.5gph flow rate to 30 inches height
TOM Aquarium Aqua Lifter Pump 3.5gph flow rate to 30 inches height

If you have a temporary fish tank smaller than 1 gallon, this is the best pump you can have. This is also good for reptile terrariums. The flow of water is very low, you will not be worried about your small beta fish.

 

Vibra-Flo® Air Pump; Mini

Vibra-Flo Air Pump; Mini
Vibra-Flo Air Pump; Mini

This is the cheapest mini air pump i have seen for small fish tanks. Its good for small fish tanks up to 10 gallons. It has a single outlet and you can connect it to gang valves to have a better control of airflow.

 

AirPod® Air Pump - Up to 10 Gallons

Penn Plax Air Pod Aquarium Air Pump Ultra Quiet Compact Dome Shape Up to 10 Gallon Tank
Penn Plax Air Pod Aquarium Air Pump Ultra Quiet Compact Dome Shape Up to 10 Gallon Tank

Super quiet pump for small aquariums. The dome is designed to make the pump ultra quiet.

 

Hydor Pico Evo-Mag 180 gph Circulation Pump for Aquariums and Terrariums

Hydor Pico Evo-Mag 180 Circulation Pump with Magnet Mount, 180 GPH
Hydor Pico Evo-Mag 180 Circulation Pump with Magnet Mount, 180 GPH

The pump flowrate can be adjusted from almost 0 to 180gph. Great for low water levels.

 

Air Pump Filter Cartridge and Diffuser

Elite Silicone Airline Tubing for Aquarium, 10-Feet, Blue

Elite Silicone Airline Tubing for Aquarium, 10-Feet, Blue
Elite Silicone Airline Tubing for Aquarium, 10-Feet, Blue

Silicone Airline Tubing for Aquarium is use to connect the air pump and the filter or gang valves. You can cut it depending on the length you need.

 

Disposable Filter

Lee's Carbon Cartridge Bowl Filters, Disposable, 2-Pack
Lee's Carbon Cartridge Bowl Filters, Disposable, 2-Pack

Don't forget to buy this with Fishbowl Filter

 

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      Resident-Nerd 4 years ago

      Great information and great lens. Thanks

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      Waterpurification 4 years ago

      Great Lens! nice products very informative

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      BillyPilgrim LM 4 years ago

      Good tips! I'm just starting to keep fish so this is very useful. Thanks x

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      sheezie77 5 years ago

      Nice lens, itneresting topic! Squidlike

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

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