Family dollar air pump-hey everyone this is Cory from an aquarium. co-op and today I'm gonna compare four. major brands of air pump to see how. loud they are they all claim to be. silent or very quiet but we're gonna. find out who's the winner who was most. expensive who was cheapest who performs. well for your money that type of thing. and to set up the experiment I have. basically set up a hundred-gallon stock. tank go outside here and it's got a Hall. Pass media and a sponge filter and we've. got equal lines running into this room. that will be much quieter so then we're. gonna compare the 'if I'm pumped it just. came out which is roughly fifty-sixty. dollar pump we're gonna compare I went. and bought this one even though i didn't. need it but this one is I would say. popular a lot of people own them so the Tetra whisperer then we have the fines. p9 thousand and we have the aqua top. 8100 now to be fair let me cover all the Slammers here this pump has been running. for let's say six months maybe eight. months this one's probably over a year old this one's brand new in the box and to be fair and honest this pump was sent. to me for free to do a review on now.
that being said the numbers aren't gonna. lie so I'm not gonna tell you if this. thing is the loudest I'm not going to. tell you it's sequoias you're gonna see. it but just full disclosure here and I. thought if I can get four pumps of major. brands here in the same room on the same conditions with relatively the same. specs we should be able to determine. something you know so this one you know. right here is rated for 120 gallons of. water this one is rated for a hundred. gallons of water so is this one so is. this one so they're all larger air pumps. and you know because I feel like the. larger ones are gonna be the loudest. where a small pump. sometimes companies have a small poem. that's really quiet and the next size up. is a you know a chainsaw so let's just. go ahead and test the big ones we. already all know that all diaphragm. pumps like this will get louder as time. goes on typically so you know we may. need to work in a little row of room for. error here on the two used ones
I don't have brand new ones here to shoot the. article with me versus DS but we can't. compare prices and product and thing. like things like that so let's go ahead. and get started I'm gonna get hooked up. now to you know the real microphone the. tripod and everything and we'll do an. actual test here so if you want to know. who makes the quietest air pump stick. around and we'll get to it all right so. to run these tests I'm just using a free. app I was able to download on my phone. and it's a DB meter here and I'll put it. on the screen and as I talk it is. changing so you can see we have. somewhere around a baseline of 30 DB. it's not the most quiet I've got a. little bit of sound going on over in the. other room it could be a little car if. you're wearing this in a really really. quiet room you have a little you know. little more less leeway there but that's the baseline and so what I'm gonna do is. I'm just gonna read out the numbers that. each pump puts out and so I'm gonna. start with you used ones because I have them ready to go so what we're gonna do every one of them is gonna be hooked to the same two airlines and so it is close. to I not ideal conditions but same conditions for each one I can't think of well and I can say I can't think of a better test but this is what is. practical for me to do this is the best thing
I can do for comparing real-life. scenario they all go to the same tank. they're actually hooked up because pumps. are much louder when they don't have. tubing on them so we've got one right. here this is the aqua top we're gonna. make sure they're all turned up too high. and we're gonna play with that a little bit so I'm gonna go and plug it in. all right we'll make sure that they're. all sitting on their rubber you know. this one let me go ahead and pull out. you can probably already hear it on the. light we are at 70 dB maybe a little more. so yeah it's at 65 so we're at 65 DB. let's see what happens if I turn it down. does it get any quieter if I turn it all. the way down which I don't know if that. can still do it out there but at the. quietest we're at 58 DB so if I crank it. up again the Aqua top 100 it's used for. about a year is at 63 DB all right so. that's that's our baseline now so now we. know we're somewhere between 55 and 65. DB for this pump next up we've got the. finnex P 9000 we'll start it in the high. mode we're gonna plug it in this one's also been used for like six months. we've got a homegoing here because that's they do. my app crash can open back up but so we. are at 62 DB full running let's just. turn it down below at lower at 57.
we're somewhere between 57 and 62. this one has rub more rubbery feet so it. can move and it's absorbing it a little. bit more you know so let's go ahead and. try the next one here we go this is you. know they claim this is the shape of. silence so they're not even claiming. it's quiet there is claiming it's silent. it doesn't sound silent but let's see. what it what the meter says so we have. 62 dB I feel like that was the same as. the other pumps roughly I mean the aqua. top one was a little louder but it's. also been used the longest so to get a. fair test I feel like I would have to. get a brand new one there but yeah we're. definitely running in at 62 DB and I. can't give it in choir so that's where. the whisper one hundreds at let's move. on to the Ehime I'm really hoping and I. literally haven't opened I'm really. hoping it is quiet because it is a very. expensive air pump in my opinion Wow so. just so far it does sound quieter to me okay let's I have no idea. so it's between 49 and 50 DB and if we. know the other pumps are running it like. 62 DB and this is the loud setting so. let me turn it down like waters from the air down it's got a little. so 49 50 DB if I turn it down feel like. right there it's a little louder halfway.
let's take a look at that it's all my. imagination so 49 50 DB is what that's. doing you know hopefully long-term it. stays super quiet that's the thing is. that we don't have longevity on this but. so let's talk about a few things let me. unplug when I can leave it going. whatever it's talked about a few things. here about these air pumps so at the. loudest one was the aqua top 172 some. like that okay and the quietest ones at. 50 DB now the problem is babies don't. mean a whole lot because like maybe this. free app isn't that accurate on what the. DB rating is but I feel like even. something is kind of inaccurate you can. use it to compare it to other things so. you know don't take my word for it that. that was exactly 49 DB but know that it. was probably 12 DB quieter than the. whisper air pump for instance and in the Aqua top and the the Phoenix pump so. they do make a claim adult for quiet I. don't know if that's ultra quiet but it. is quieter and yeah so let's do some. comparison here so all those pumps I. showed you it's the aqua top one and the. whisper one they are under 20 bucks or 20 bucks some like that okay. and to save 12 DB you have to I want to say this one on Amazon's like 55 bucks.
so it's almost looked around those. simple numbers almost three times the. cost and it probably is because. indirectly less than 20 bucks on Amazon so it's three times the cost to save. what 1/6 the sound now for some of you. completely worth it if it's a problem. where it's in your living room and. ruining movie night and the wife hate to. you 10db. is probably a difference for you and. there are some people they want the. quietest air-pump money can buy that. from this test of these four pumps is. this a hind pump and I would wager and I. don't have these air pumps but I would. speculate that probably the two smaller. a high-end pumps would be quieter and I. would speculate on the other pumps that. the smaller one to be quieter as well. that being said we haven't tested it. here today and so I don't know that to. be a fact but what we can conclude is a. Heim was the quietest also was the most. expensive I don't think that shocks many. people ie high make great products they. just cost a lot. the Phoenix one kind of expensive a forty bucks not any quieter than the ones less than twenty bucks
I feel like that's why that one's getting price. cut on Amazon like people trying to. unload the imitrex it's not a better air. pump you know it costs more money the. whisper is probably the gold standard. it's been around for a million years and. that's probably the the bar now lots of. people in the comments are gonna go well. the whispers get so loud after a while. yep most diaphragm air pumps will. because the way they we're behind. probably should do the same thing. to be fair I haven't opened it up and. taking a look at it to make sure that it. is a diaphragm pump but I really think. it is at that price point and then. you've got the aqua top one which the. aqua top one is you know the cheapy the. cheap one we do sell it in a store after. this article I'm gonna bring in some a. hind air pumps because there is a. clientele that wants the quietest and I. carried the aqua top because I knew they. you know without running the DB test. just audibly to my own ear they were. equivalent to all the other air pumps and
they were cheaper and I you know I. can attest to this the reliability on. those aqua top pumps is amazing like I. I've used them a ton we sold a time. customers like lots of good things about. them the whisper ones I've never really. sold them in a retail store so I can't. tell you out of a thousand air pumps how. many were defective or how long they. last that type of thing I've only the. I've only ever had one other I think. whisper pump and it wasn't as brand new. the hobby like 15 years ago. and so when you're brand new you don't. know how good or bad our product really. was so it just did it is and then the. finnex one you know don't you're wrong I. am a Phoenix fanboy I love Phoenix. lighting I like the cancer filter I like. there hang on back filter I'm gonna go. out there and say I don't like their air. pump and it's just too costly you know I. can get two of an aqua top or a whisper. pump and they're just as loud I mean to. be fair we did not compare strength in. the tanks that being said in my personal. experience using all of these pumps. which some of these are used in my fish. room or on ponds they all run very. similar so yeah that's that's all I've. got on that so that's that should tell. you right there.
whatever pump to buy and I'm gonna put. links to all of those down below I'll. probably put a link or two in this article. to say hey here's the ehind one here's. the quietest one and if you like seeing articles like this done if you click on. the link down in the description or on. the article here and you buy one of these. air pumps it gets me a tiny little bit. of money and what that does is I put it. back into it like this I can order this. wholesale for my store but I want to get. this article shot today. and so I went to Petco and I'm bought. one so I bought an air pump for my. competitor to make you guys a varticle. because I didn't want to leave this one. out I thought hey I could I got three. air pumps I could do it but everyone's. gonna go WOW why it was the whisper. that's the one I own dang it so you know. when you guys buy these air pumps and I. get you know I get like 1% or something. so it's like oh good you know I get 50. cents. well if you know 50 people by that said. I got 25 bucks I paid for their hope I. don't lose any money you know so that. allows me to do the next project so. hopefully you guys found this useful. linking around pass it around you know.
if there's a forum asking if you find. someone of your Facebookers going what's. the Quietus air pump you can at least. link this this is some decent data it's. not scientific but the hobby really. isn't and you know make sure you check. out all our other articles we do stuff. like this all the time and I'm not. afraid to tell a company that I don't. like their product they are afraid of me. to send me stuff so because they know if. it's bad I'll tell you it's bad and yeah. I'm you know I I felt confident we. probably do pretty well because there's. not too many high-end products that I'm. not in love with I can tell you one I. hate right now I don't like the the. battery powered Brownback's I think it's. a scam you know so II times going oh how. dare you will never send you a product. again that being said almost everything. else from Ehime I do like their here is. also a little wonky I don't like the. calibration system customers don't like. it they still work well but it's finicky. but yeah so anyway we'll see you in the next article thanks for reading