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kobo
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oxydators!
« on: June 11, 2011, 07:51:12 PM »

hey
I was wondering weather anyone could give me some information about setting up an oxydator for my goldfish tank. I heard they really help with tank cycling and keep the goldfish happy and healthy for a long time.. Where would i purchase one and how would i set it up?
Thanks! Smiley
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Nossie
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Re: oxydators!
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2011, 08:48:01 AM »

What is an oxydator?
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kobo
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Re: oxydators!
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2011, 01:39:31 PM »

An oxydator is something that helps circulate the water which helps introdue water into the tank for happier/healthier fish!
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Re: oxydators!
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2011, 04:21:33 PM »

Like an airstone? I'm guessing that's what you mean...sorry if I'm off-base as to what you are refering to!   Smiley

To operate an airstone, you will need a pump, an airhose, a source of power, and a fish tank  Wink. Airhoses are relitively inexpensive and last quite a while if treated properly. Attatch one end of the airhose to the air pump. The pump should be placed on a shelf, the tank stand itself, or on the floor. If it is placed on the floor, you will need to create a "drip loop" to prevent water from syphoning into the pump in the event of a power outage. If you don't want a drip loop, a check valve will work just as well. You can typically find in the instruction manual on the inside of the pump's box a diagram of a drip loop. You will need to plug in the cord of the pump into a wall outlet for the pump to work. At the other end of the airhose, that is where you can put your bubblestone, (aka airstone). Bubblestones can come in all shapes and sizes, but most are placed beneath the gravel on the tank's bottom. Some, however, are suspended in the tank and are not put below the gravel. When you plug in the pump, air will travel through the hose into the bubble stone and cause bubbles to come rushing up to the water surface. This will help with the gaseous exchange at the surface...helping to increase oxygen.


However, whether or not you have an airstone, you absolutely must have a filter. The filter will circulate the water and also help increase oxygen. Regardless of the type you have, filters will make your life much easier. If you don't have one, your tank will be uncycled and potentially deadly to your fish due to unstable water parameters. Carbon filters are very common, sponge filters are great for growing bb, undergravel filters conceal their appearance...and the list goes on.
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Nossie
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Re: oxydators!
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2011, 09:34:57 AM »

Oh, then I see! Nobody has ever called 'em like that before Cheesy We rather talk about "aerators" here on the forum Tongue
And they don't really help with the cycle in any other way aside from keeping the water well oxygenated so that the beneficial bacteria will thrive Smiley

Either way, Goldiegirl nailed it! Air pumps, -lines and -stones are among the easiest and cheapest aquarium equipment to get, setup and maintain so you shouldn't have any problems with it Smiley
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Re: oxydators!
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2011, 11:16:15 AM »

  Visit this website just type in oxydators and click the 2nd web adress and it will tell u about oxydators and what they r for.  I think its different than airators! But thanks for your help anyways!  Cheesy
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