Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Commercial Aquarium Air Pumps

1. VIVOSUN 317-1750GPH Commercial Air Pump 20W-102W, 18L-110L/min, 4-12 Outlets Air Pumps for Aquarium ...

User Ratings: 71 6

VIVOSUN AP-45 First Impressions

"Now close to the glass."

If you leave one open, it makes noise. Its been on 24 hours a day for about 5 days. I knew I had to try something else. I have one running to sponge filters in a tank and it pushing a nice air flow. I just cleaned my 20 tank for the first time in, well too long. Just bought and started using it a few days ago. After nearly 5 months of use, it stop pumping air.

  • VIVOSUN 317-1750GPH Commercial Air Pump 20W-102W, 18L-110L/min, 4-12 Outlets Air Pumps for Aquarium and Hydroponic Systems
  • PREMIUM MATERIALS & GREAT HEAT CONTROL: This pump dissipates heat more effectively with aluminum-alloy heat-radiating plates, and delivers excellent, long-lasting performance with an high-quality aluminum manifold and 100% copper outlet nozzle
  • Maximum Air Pressure and Air Volume: VIVOSUN's powerful 32W electromagnetic motor produces exceptional air pressure (over 0.02 mpa) and sends a huge volume of air to the 6 adjustable valve outlets (compatible with 1/4" air lines)
  • Set it and Forget it: Innovative material engineering on the steel engine cylinder and piston makes this pump perfectly energy-efficient and highly resistant to wear-and-tear so you can leave it going 24/7; recommended for outdoor use
  • Quiet solution for hydroponics and fish tanks: This model's oil-free motor lubrication, low noise generation (under 60 decibels) and 1.5 m power cord make it the ideal pump for oxygenating an aquarium or plant roots in a hydroponics systems
  • TOP PERFORMANCE: Pumping 60 liters of air per minute (16 gallons per minute) and rated for up to 1 years of service, we guarantee this pump is the reliable solution you're looking for; If you're not completely satisfied, just contact our attentive service team for a solution or a refund
  • It is normal for air pumps to run a bit hot due to the high air pressure: this is nothing to worry about, but you may set up a fan to cool it if you wish.
  • This pump comes with a short length of piping to connect the pump to the manifold, but air-line tubing from the manifold to your system is not included.
  • Made by integral moulding of thickened aluminum alloy for heat control.
  • Manufacture: VIVOSUN
  • Editor's Impressions Of The VIVOSUN AP-45
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VIVOSUN AP-45 Final Thoughts

"Excellent pump."

I just cleaned my 20 tank for the first time in, well too long. I'd say this pump would be loud if it were used in the same room as you. It has two places to hook up tubing to. I have this in our small aquarium with an LED bubble stone. The stone is very heavy, so it is easy to position and stays put where you want it. I have to unplug it every time I want to shut it off. I did notice that it tends to run very loudly and hot.

Overall Score
4.4


(2245 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Commercial Aquarium Air Pumps

2. Pawfly 254-285 GPH Commercial Air Pump 2-4 Outlets Manifold Quiet Oxygen Aerator Pump for Aquarium P...

User Ratings: 79 3

Pawfly First Impressions

"It has a strong current!"

And there are fixes around all of it. I knew I had to try something else. I found calcium deposits were clogging the bottom where the air was supposed to exit. The new unit works fine as a secondary air pump in a 75 gallon fresh water aquarium. I was going to buy 3 small air pumps to power 9 sponge filters when I saw this pump. Larger tank owners won't have my issues. I cleaned the sponge and hooked it all back up, hardly any air was coming out.

  • Pawfly 254-285 GPH Commercial Air Pump 2-4 Outlets Manifold Quiet Oxygen Aerator Pump for Aquarium Pond/Outdoor Fishing
  • Lots of Air: Dual Outlets deliver 285 gallon per hour for fish breath or root growth with 8.5 W low consumption. Max Pressure: 0.025 MPa.
  • For Emergency: Built-in 1 pack of replaceable 4,000 mAh lithium battery provides up to 6 h continuous working time or 40 h intermittent working when power outage. 3 battery pack slots allow you to add 2 more pack if needed.
  • AC/DC Power Supply: With AC 110-240V universal wall adapter, it can be used as in multiple countries and regions. Moreover, it can also be used DC 12V cigarette lighter power supply in your car.
  • 2 Working Modes: One button easy operation system, long press 3-5s to start, press again to switch mode.The default continuous mode for steady air flow output while the intermittent mode is great for saving energy.
  • Extra Silent: Extremely quiet operation with multi-level internal muffler. 4 shockproof rubber pads help reduce noise and keep it steady. Put the pump in a cabinet or under a proctective cover when used outdoors.
  • Manufacture: Pawfly
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Pawfly
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Pawfly Final Thoughts

"It's as like as two peas."

Sometimes stopping all together if the water is full. Seems very well built, does as advertised. I have one running to sponge filters in a tank and it pushing a nice air flow. If it craps out anytime soon, I'll update the review. I didn't think I’d be impressed by an air pump but I’m pleasantly surprised. The pressure isn't as great as I hoped. Though the 18W model isn't so loud that it can only be used outside.

Overall Score
4.6


(496 Points)

3. VIVOHOME 32W 950 GPH 60L/min 6 Outlets Commercial Air Pump with 2 PCS 4 x 2 Inch Airstones and 25-ft...

User Ratings: 67 4

VIVOHOME First Impressions

"Can't beat it."

Before the fan, it was to hot to even hold! A simple piece of foam under the unit solved that. Don't be startled if you test it without oxygen tubes, It is Very noisy! I'm sure it would run a much larger bubble stick also. I just cleaned my 20 tank for the first time in, well too long. I was currently using 2 Whispers and they were anything but whispering. The stone is very heavy, so it is easy to position and stays put where you want it.

  • VIVOHOME 32W 950 GPH 60L/min 6 Outlets Commercial Air Pump with 2 PCS 4 x 2 Inch Airstones and 25-ft Air Tubing Combo, 3 Sets
  • A COMBO - Comes with a 1 x 32W air pump, 2 x air stones, and 1 x 25ft-long airline; The air stones are 2 inches in diameter and 4 inched in height, which nicely fits the air tubing included; Simply attach airline tubing to the air stone and place it in the desired location
  • GREAT OUTPUT PUMP - Powerful electromagnetic motor pushes 950 gallons per hour to deliver lots of airflows; 6 outlets are ideal for running several water farms or multiple air stones at once; Effectively adds and circulates oxygen and nutrition while lowering CO2 levels in your aquarium or hydroponic growing system
  • STURDY BUILD - The electrical magnetic air compressor is in a high-quality aluminum alloy case; Cylinders and pistons are made of premium materials, making the pump strong and durable; Convenient to operate without oil for producing purer compressed air; Easily controlled with the attached splitter bank
  • FINE BUBBLES - The airstones are made from environmentally-friendly and non-toxic mineral material, and microvoid design makes an abundance of small bubbles for oxygen replacement, which help extend the life of your nutrient solution, keep roots healthy, and invigorate your aquatic life without worrying about adverse effects
  • WIDE APPLICATIONS - This aerator can be widely used to provide oxygen in aquariums, fish farms and hydroponic systems, work great for raising the pH in swimming pool, and also brew your compost tea well; Fit for hydroponic systems, ponds, aquariums, fish tanks, and other water-based systems
  • Manufacture: VIVOHOME
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VIVOHOME Final Thoughts

"Looks good."

And one to the additional accessories for extra oxygen output only. I had to use valves to reduce the output. I just cleaned my 20 tank for the first time in, well too long. I have to put my head behind the tank to hear it! I have an undergravel filter and a few other accessories that push air too. I'm using it for small start-up hydroponic system. Just bought and started using it a few days ago.

Overall Score
4.5


(109 Points)

4. Commercial Air Pump - 6 Outlets - 40 Liters per Minute - 35 Watts

User Ratings: 66 4

CNZ ACO002 First Impressions

"Looks good."

The pump works very well in my 75G tank. This would be the fourth attempt to satisfy my needs and my ears. I have 3 of them on different surfaces. The company made it right and took care of me. The pump is so powerful that it pushed off the connection tube several times. I hung it so its not touching anything. I'd say this pump would be loud if it were used in the same room as you.

  • Commercial Air Pump - 6 Outlets - 40 Liters per Minute - 35 Watts
  • Perfect to run several Water farms or multiple air stones at once
  • Ideal for fish pond and HYDROPONIC farm
  • Electrical magnetic air compressor in a high quality aluminum alloy case, wear and
  • tear resistant material for cylinder and piston
  • 35 watts, 40L/min, 0.03 Mpa Dimension: 6.5"x3.5"x4"
  • Manufacture: Super Pond
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 5.1 x 4.2 inches; 2 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The CNZ ACO002
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CNZ ACO002 Final Thoughts

"I can't hear them at all."

Yes it obviously makes some noise-but not at all as much as I was anticipating. The stone is very heavy, so it is easy to position and stays put where you want it. Considering the warranty and performance, I upgraded my rating by 2 stars. For the money, this air pump cannot be beat. It still works internally, but no air. I set up 2 more and still all the control valve are not open 100%. I'm not going to knock the product for my own paranoia though.

Overall Score
4.4


(89 Points)

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5. VIVOSUN Air Pump 35W 50L/min 6 Outlet Commercial Air Pump for Aquarium and Hydroponic Systems

User Ratings: 56 9

VIVOSUN First Impressions

"Works great and is quiet."

Super quiet, lots of power and looks super sleek. Pump is basically silent when both airlines are attached. I will just keep the old one for parts should I need it. This is the second pump I have bought in the series. But if it's in another room, it’s not bad at all. I just cleaned my 20 tank for the first time in, well too long. Kudo to them for backing up their product.

  • VIVOSUN Air Pump 35W 50L/min 6 Outlet Commercial Air Pump for Aquarium and Hydroponic Systems
  • PREMIUM MATERIALS & GREAT HEAT CONTROL: This pump dissipates heat more effectively with aluminum-alloy heat-radiating plates, and delivers excellent, long-lasting performance with an high-quality manifold and outlet nozzle
  • Maximum Air Pressure and Air Volume: VIVOSUN's powerful 35W electromagnetic motor produces exceptional air pressure (over 0.028 mpa) and sends a huge volume of air to the 6 adjustable valve outlets
  • Set it and Forget it: Innovative material engineering on the steel engine cylinder and piston makes this pump perfectly energy-efficient and highly resistant to wear-and-tear so you can leave it going 24/7; recommended for outdoor use
  • Quiet solution for hydroponics and fish tanks: This model's oil-free motor lubrication, low noise generation (under 55 decibels) and 1.5 m power cord make it the ideal pump for oxygenating an aquarium or plant roots in a hydroponics systems
  • TOP PERFORMANCE: Pumping 50 liters of air per minute and rated for up to 1 years of service, we guarantee this pump is the reliable solution you're looking for; If you're not completely satisfied, just contact our attentive service team for a solution or a refund
  • Manufacture: VIVOSUN
  • Item Weight: 3.44 pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The VIVOSUN
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VIVOSUN Final Thoughts

"Be advised!"

We can hear the tank bubbles, but nothing noisy from the pumps at all. Almost all people will be highly satisfied with this unit. The pressure isn't as great as I hoped. Highly recommend if you desire HIGH air output on several tubing lines! Otherwise, I would buy another one. Adjustable air flow settings which is new to me on a air pump but very convenient. I set up 2 more and still all the control valve are not open 100%.

Overall Score
4.1


(31 Points)

6. VIVOSUN Air Pump 3W 6L/min 2 Outlet Commercial Air Pump for Aquarium and Hydroponic Systems

User Ratings: 56 11

VIVOSUN First Impressions

"Works great and is quiet."

Considering the warranty and performance, I upgraded my rating by 2 stars. I was currently using 2 Whispers and they were anything but whispering. This would be the fourth attempt to satisfy my needs and my ears. Super quiet, lots of power and looks super sleek. I added a check valve to my airline tubing and works as expected. I'd say this pump would be loud if it were used in the same room as you. My first one may have been a lemon.

  • VIVOSUN Air Pump 3W 6L/min 2 Outlet Commercial Air Pump for Aquarium and Hydroponic Systems
  • High-quality materials and excellent heat control: the pump effectively dissipates heat through the body and provides excellent long-lasting performance through high-quality manifolds and outlet nozzles
  • UNIQUE DESIGN :Oil-less lubricated design, the compressed air is purified.Ideal to provide oxygen in aqariums, fish farms and hydroponic systems with 2 outlets
  • Quiet solution for hydroponics and fish tanks: This model's oil-free motor lubrication, low noise generation (under 40 decibels) make it the ideal pump for oxygenating an aquarium or plant roots in a hydroponics systems
  • 【Warranty】: Super durable & reusable; Comes with 12-month warranty; Any problems with the item you received, please contact us without hesitation
  • Manufacture: VIVOSUN
  • Editor's Impressions Of The VIVOSUN
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VIVOSUN Final Thoughts

"The bubbles are amazing!"

They generate a TON of air and last a long long time. Its been on 24 hours a day for about 5 days. I hung it so its not touching anything. However Once you plug it to the Oxy tubes it is Silent! It just sounds like a large freezer. I was currently using 2 Whispers and they were anything but whispering. But this one has no noticeable sounds.

Overall Score
4.2


(31 Points)

7. EcoPlus Commercial 1 Hydroponic/Aquarium Air Pump

User Ratings: 53 20

EcoPlus First Impressions

"That's a fact!"

Overall seems like a good air pump. I have to unplug it every time I want to shut it off. It pumps out enough air to keep millions of air bubbles going in this 200g+ Aquarium! I honestly wasn't expecting that much of a difference but man was I surprised. Buzzing, humming, vibrating- they were driving me nuts! I guarantee the fan will help it's shelf life. The company made it right and took care of me.

  • EcoPlus Commercial 1 Hydroponic/Aquarium Air Pump
  • Manufacture: EcoPlus
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EcoPlus Final Thoughts

"If you are a pond owner."

You MUST use a fan with this pump or it will def burn out or lose pressure. It just sounds like a large freezer. The pressure isn't as great as I hoped. I use this on a 5-way valve for a 75 gallon tank. I'm using it for small start-up hydroponic system. I put a wire tie Tightly over the tube and barbs and it's perfect. This is actually the second one I have purchased.

Overall Score
3.9


(12 Points)

8. EcoPlus Commercial 7 Hydroponic/Aquarium Air Pump

User Ratings: 35 20

EcoPlus First Impressions

"Just fantastic!"

Make sure the hose is connected well. It has two places to hook up tubing to. Save some money by not having to replace your air pumps every year! The first time I ordered this product, it did not work properly. A simple piece of foam under the unit solved that. Buzzing, humming, vibrating- they were driving me nuts! Save some money by not having to replace your air pumps every year!

  • EcoPlus Commercial 7 Hydroponic/Aquarium Air Pump
  • Commercial Air Pump 7 - 280 watts Single outlet 200 Liter/min
  • Manufacture: EcoPlus
  • Item Weight: 15.55 pounds
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EcoPlus Final Thoughts

"It's as like as two peas."

The pump works well when there is no defects. And there are fixes around all of it. And one to the additional accessories for extra oxygen output only. Hardly noticeable that it is running for an aquarium air pump. And one to the additional accessories for extra oxygen output only. The added tubing and manifold make this an even better value. I was wrong it has enough power to run all 9 with air to spare.

Overall Score
3.3


(11 Points)

9. AquaMiracle 600-1750GPH High Pressure Big Flow Commercial Air Pumps for Pond, Aquarium, Hydroponics,...

User Ratings: 58

AquaMiracle ACO001 First Impressions

"Good value for the price."

So I run two of these with gang valves on my 55 gallon tall living room tank. I know my title sounds overly dramatic, but I'm not kidding. This runs pretty darn quiet for a high output air pump. This is the second pump I have bought in the series. I honestly wasn't expecting that much of a difference but man was I surprised. It is quiet and powerful and doesn't get hot. A simple piece of foam under the unit solved that.

  • AquaMiracle 600-1750GPH High Pressure Big Flow Commercial Air Pumps for Pond, Aquarium, Hydroponics, Fish Farm and Seafood Restaurant
  • HIGH PRESSURE AND AIR OUTPUT - Pressure 0.02Mpa, flow rate 600GPH, powered by an 18Watt electromagnetic motor.
  • GREAT HEAT DISSIPATION - The housing is made of aluminum alloy with enlarged surface for the best heat dissipation.
  • ENERGY EFFICIENT, LONG LIFE - Innovative lubricant free design. The high-quality cylinder and piston made of wear-resisting materials to ensure the low consumption of power and long life.
  • ACCESSORIES – Chrome coated metal air manifold. A 6-outlet manifold for easy access of oxygenation to anywhere you desire. The air output of each outlet is adjustable by simply turning the adjusting knob on the outlet.
  • MULTIPLE APPLICATIONS - great for oxygenation of aquarium, pond, hydroponics, fish farm, and seafood restaurant.
  • Manufacture: AquaMiracle
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AquaMiracle ACO001
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AquaMiracle ACO001 Final Thoughts

"Great value."

Almost all people will be highly satisfied with this unit. The current from the circle is so strong circulation is not a issue! In fact I can hear the bubbles from the water more than the pump itself. Provides proper wattage for all my accessories. It didn't blow air out that line, while it still had a little water in the unit! I have it running 8 different sponge filters at high rate! Adjustable air flow settings which is new to me on a air pump but very convenient.

Overall Score
4.6


(5 Points)

10. Estink Air Pump, DC 12V 35W Air Pump Aerator for Fish Pond Aquaculture Aquarium Accessory Tool for F...

User Ratings: 48

Estink First Impressions

"It pumps PLENTY of air!"

Just bought and started using it a few days ago. I have to unplug it every time I want to shut it off. I have an undergravel filter and a few other accessories that push air too. I currently have it in a closet to grow aquatic plants and brine shrimp. Once, the water in this tank backflowed into the unit. The pressure isn't as great as I hoped. All the reviews from all the different models are lumped together.

  • Estink Air Pump, DC 12V 35W Air Pump Aerator for Fish Pond Aquaculture Aquarium Accessory Tool for Fish Tank, Fountain, Pond, Hydroponics, Commercial
  • 【With Stable-Performance】The Oxygen air pump is stable performance and it can provide 0.068 Mpa pressure inflatable. It has large volume, great for aeration.
  • 【Low Power Consumption】The Oxygen air pump is low power consumption, it uses DC 12V, its power just 35W, it is practical and environmental friendly.
  • 【Premium Material】The Oxygen air pump is made of high quality material, which is non-toxic, safe and durable to use.
  • 【Convenient to Carry】Portable size and handle design for convenient to carry.
  • 【Wide Applications】The Oxygen air pump is suitable for living fishes in vehicles, restaurants and industry. Hydroponics, Aquariums, Fish Farms and Hydroponic Systems, Dusting, Inflation, Manufacture etc.
  • Estink is a registered brand and it is professional in various product categories for several years. Advanced equipment with solid techniques are adopted and our high quality products are strictly tested before being put into market. 'Quality First, Customer Superior' is always our aim. Every product is designed carefully aiming to add simple and comfortable elements to your lives.
  • The Oxygen air pump is suitable for living fishes in vehicles, restaurants and industry. Hydroponics, Aquariums, Fish Farms and Hydroponic Systems, Dusting, Inflation, Manufacture etc.
  • The Oxygen air pump is suitable for living fishes in vehicles, restaurants and industry. Hydroponics, Aquariums, Fish Farms and Hydroponic Systems, Dusting, Inflation, Manufacture etc.
  • Manufacture: Estink
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Estink Final Thoughts

"JUST BUY THEM!"

I keep the pump and air valves in the box to lessen the noise. I use this on a 5-way valve for a 75 gallon tank. Use large Air Stone Bars for giant columns of air bubbles. The first lasted about two years when one side decided to put out less air. I currently have it in a closet to grow aquatic plants and brine shrimp. This thing has plenty of power for my needs. I got the bigger size because I used it in my 450 gallon tank and it's perfect.

Overall Score
4.5


(4 Points)

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