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It's not required to have the pump mounted to the rim, and you would be fine to locate the pump more out of site, but the pump should never be located below the water line as this could allow a siphon to form which could drain water out of the tank.
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The sab10 is only battery powered, it does not have the ability to run off a standard owed outlet.
Ensure the life of your fish with the Silent Air Pump with Battery-Powered Back Up from Penn Plax. Plug in the AC power cord, and when there is a power outage, the Silent Air Pump will automatically flip to battery power.
Power outages are easily one of the top reasons for total tank disasters. During a power outage, water movement comes to a halt and when that happens gas exchange will stop. Over a short time, oxygen levels in the water can become depleted, and your fish can start to suffocate. A battery powered air pump is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to promote gas exchange during a power outage. Using a simple airstone, or even just allowing a free flow of air will help agitate the surface of the water, allowing oxygen to transfer and dissolve into the water.
Almost all battery powered air pumps do make a bit of vibrational noise and placing a shock absorbing pad around the pump or on the surface it is laying on will help minimize the noise.
- Be sure to occasionally check your batteries
- NOTE: Power cord does NOT charge the batteries
- Quickly test the Air Pump by unplugging AC power cord
- 1 Air Pump with 5 Ft power cord
- 24" of air line tubing
Tip - Keep an extra set of batteries on hand
Peace of mind By Michael on 1/8/2017Michael would recommend this product to a friendThey do what they say they will and work great! Great product. Save your tank for just a few $
Great product By Mackjr on 1/25/2016Mackjr would recommend this product to a friendI brought 2 of these and they are,set up on both tanks ! I love,these,! I can be gone and have a piece of mind.,
Air pump. It works. By Rivers on 8/29/2015Rivers would recommend this product to a friendThis pump was bought as a safety air supply for moving my fish when I bought a new house. They were all still alive when I got there, and now I keep it around just in case there is a power outage, good peace of mind.
Using one for years - essential backup By Rick on 7/18/2015Rick would recommend this product to a friendI have been using one of these on my tank for years. It works very well as a backup air supply in case of a power failure. You do need to be careful that water does not get into the battery compartment as this will cause problems, so the device needs to be installed so you won't get water backing up through the airline into it. Uses normal D Cell batteries. In case of power failure the device will supply air from 6 to 8 hours depending on how much is left in the batteries. You plug this in to your power supply and when power goes off it turns on. Note: You can also use this as a separate battery powered air supply if needed.
Must have insurance By Andrew on 7/1/2015Andrew would recommend this product to a friendDo I need this? Duh. When the power goes off on you're not home this thing will kick on and make bubbles. Nuf said! That should answer the question.
Good but be careful By Isaiahbelle on 6/8/2015Isaiahbelle would recommend this product to a friendThe product is much cheaper on Amazon first off. Second, the airstone broke right away, I had to buy a better one at my local pet store. Also had to pick up more tubing, they give you very little. I tested it and it worked like it was supposed too. Not bad for the price I paid on Amazon.
Portable Air By Salty on 3/24/2015Salty would recommend this product to a friendI have been planning a two day drive to transport coral and fish over 600 miles by car and this is ideal . At first I found it confusing that the pump did not work when I plugged it in . Then a quick view view of the directions showed that the plug only was to activate the pump in a power failure , but it does work great as advertized when not plugged in .
GREAT By Z28 on 4/30/2014Z28 would recommend this product to a friendYOU NEED THIS!!! WHAT BETTER INSURANCE FOR THE PRICE.WORKS AS ADVERTISED.