In the dead of the night, when everything is quiet, the noise on the air pump’s vibration is enough to bother my sleep.
I have 4 tanks inside my room, beside my bed. Three of which are betta tanks which are installed with sponge filters that require an air pump to be plugged in. I’m currently using a 2 outlet SunSun air pump which is subdivided into 4 sponge filters using some tee joints. But with this pump, I seldom get a good night sleep so I had to plug in some ear plugs to keep my sleep quiet.
Just today I bumped into this little guy which promises to be ‘super silent’ so I had to give it a try.
It’s called aPump Maxi by Aqualighter. I took the two-outlet air pump since I will be using it on my 3 betta tanks.
The pump is relatively small, the size of a mallow cookie. The design is sleek and small, which I think is best for nano tanks or if you don’t want too many cluttered equipments around your tank. It comes with a suction cup so you can attach it to your tank. Two hoses and air stones are provided. Other than that, nothing else. There is no turn knob, available to some air pumps, to adjust the flow rate. The pump is rated for 200L or 40G of tank with output of around 70lph. It uses only 3W of power so there is no sleepless nights over running cost as well.
I’ve attached it to my hoses and true to its promise, it is virtually quiet! You can hear no noise at all other than the air bubbles coming out from the sponge filters. You may still hear a little vibration if you put your ear really close to the air pump but if you are away from it, it is decently quiet. Here is the comparison video of my SunSun and the new aPump Maxi.
The only caveat is, it is relatively weak for my 4 sponge filters. I’ve noticed my air bubbles are weaker when I shifted them to this air pump. But reasonable since I’ve split both outlets into 2 to create 4 outputs. As an aeration device for smaller tanks, I think this is perfect. It is one tiny device that will keep you relax, quiet at night.
***This is not a sponsored review. The product reviewed here was purchased on the author’s personal capacity. No link will be provided for product purchase.