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  1. Hey all, so last time I posted a solar set up for the usb nano pump, it was for one pump. A sort of plug and play set up you didn't have to think about but is expensive, considering it was only powering one pump. Then I saw this video: And realized you can cut the power consumption of AqCoop usb nano pump to 3/16 of a watt. Knowing that for about $100 you can build a small solar system to power 4 of the AqCoop nano pumps. Provided you take advantage of the hack in the video. I mathed it out and and a 20 watt panel with a 12Ah battery will power 4 usb nano pumps for most people living in the USA. I'm a project manager for a small solar installation company for people who are in need of credentials. In the picture I used parts I happened to have laying around the shop. That being said I made a shopping list should you want to build one for yourself. None of the following links are affiliated Panel and charge controller kit: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B07RZBVTGR/ref=ox_sc_act_image_2?smid=AETKFZLJFO5AR&psc= Battery: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00K53FG5Q/ref=ox_sc_act_image_1?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1 Honestly thats all you need to get started running two pumps because the charge controller that comes with the solar panel has 2 usb outputs. If you want to run more than 2 pumps; Extra usb outputs: "updated to a dual usb output" https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B07FLZ6Q5L/ref=ox_sc_act_image_2?smid=A2N5NE5XPDEZYK&psc=1 Optional battery leads: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B07M5M8ZCG/ref=ox_sc_act_image_2?smid=A35S5P187G2BY3&psc=1 I say optional because you can just use the gator clips as I have, but if you want a more solid cleaner connection and you don't have the tools or parts to make your own leads, then here's an option. I also use this tub to contain the system but you can use any tub really, this is just what I had laying around. https://www.homedepot.com/p/HDX-7-Gal-Tough-Storage-Bin-in-Black-206152/305185634 Putting the system together is pretty straightforward once you get the parts in your hand but I can make a video for the form should anybody want me to. Key thing to remember connect your battery to the charge controller BEFORE you connect your solar panel. Also if you have any questions on how to size a system, let's say you want it to run 10 pumps or you want to build a system to run a liner piston pump feel free to ask.
  2. When I got home after using the USB Air pump and went to take the hose off the the air output of one of my USB air pumps, and pop goes the little plastic part that the airline hooks to. Pump still works tho - just no way to hook an airline to it. Good news, I got a reason to order more from the coop! My wishlist right now is one of the easy planters, the new specimen container, USB Air pump of course, and I need some air valves. Now I just need about $17 to spend for free shipping... Do I find another plant or food? So many choices! Ideas needed HAHA
  3. Had my first USB nano air pump from the Co-op fail after running for around two years straight. I have all my air running both inside and outside from these little wonders. I love them because they are totally silent and obviously reliable. Enough power to run to the bottom of my 150 gallon stock tank pond with ease. They are small and easy to move. At $10 each they are a no brainer for me. I just ordered a couple more.
  4. I want to be able to use a nano air pump if I don't have access to electricity. ACO's page for the pump says "great in a power outage situation with a battery pack back up," and links to this: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B077HFFLMS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=tank01-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B077HFFLMS&linkId=e6ef7700bbfd0200a8e362175d5c3f9d On Amazon's product page, I see no indication that this can be used as a battery. Rather, it looks like it charges devices that have batteries in them - which the nano pump does not. There are 2 pictures of the Amazon product with a pump-style plug in it. In both pictures, the product is plugged in to an electricity source... So can this be used as a battery - NOT just as a battery charger?
  5. After some investigation, know how, and a bit of help I put together the bits to run a USB air pump off of solar power for my pond in a water resistant electrical box.
  6. I was setting up a couple grow out tanks today. Because of where they are located I needed to mount my power strip, air pump, etc. on the wall. I came up with this quick and easy mount for isolating the air pump to limit how much vibration transfers to the wall. I had some adhesive hooks (not sure what brand) that pivot in the middle. After mounting to the wall I added a felt furniture pad under the hook to hold it out. This keeps the air pump close to the wall but out just far enough to prevent it from touching. The felt pad helps absorb vibrations that transfer to the hook. I'm not sure this would work with a larger air pump but for these smaller ones it does the trick. Pumps pictured are the Aquarium Co-op USB Nano and the Aquatop 20
  7. Hi Everyone, this is my first time posting here, but I've been really impressed by the quality of the discourse! I have a question about the USB Nano Air Pumps. These things are great and completely silent from 12 inches away (my tanks are, by necessity of living in a cramped NYC apartment, in my living room). The problem is that they fail on me way too often. I've purchased 5 of these over the years, and 3 have failed (one after about 3 months and two after about 9 months). I'm starting to wondering if I'm doing something wrong. I have (or had, rather) one running on each of three 4 gallon cubes. The pumps are placed on a shelf above the tanks, each driving an Aquarium Co-op nano sponge filter with a Ziss airstone. Each line has a metal valve plus a check valve. The pumps are plugged into the USB outlets of a Kasa Smart power strip, and the outlets are confirmed to be functional. The shelf is open, so I don't think it's a heat issue. I just want to make sure that I'm not causing all these premature deaths, or if it's just a function of small (presumably Chinese) electrics being of... questionable quality.
  8. How long have your USB Nano Pumps lasted?
  9. I bought a USB nano air pump with air stone and curious if I need a check valve on it. I’ve turned it off from the plug and no water came up. Any recommendations? Hopefully do nothing?
  10. I was thinking on running a sponge filter in my 20 gallon long tank. Can I use the usb nano to get the job done or will it be to under powered? If I can’t please give me some good recommendations.
  11. So I live in an area where we get some power outages due to PG&E Power cutoffs for fire prevention (gotta love those California wildfires and windstorms) As my house hasn't gotten a backup generator for the electrical system yet, does anyone know if any air pumps are made to run off of AC initially, charge it's own battery, and then can run on battery backup while the power is out? It seems every single one I've seen listed will only turn on once the power is out, and I'd rather not have to run around switching air hoses if there's no power for only an hour, or worse, when I'm not home. I'm debating on using the USB powered ones, plugging them into a power-bank, while having the power-bank plugged into a USB charger at the same time, I just assume it will kill the power-banks over time. I would assume this would work since I figure I would run my laptops with the cord plugged in constantly, only unplugging when I needed to move them into the other room. More importantly, why haven't (more) companies made a dual-powered one such as what I've described, as I'm sure many people would want one just in case.
  12. Hi, I just noticed my silicone suffering from a lack of oxygen! Due to this I've decided to get an airstone. Now, I know the USB Nano Airpump works, however the more power the better right? That's why I'm hoping to get the "SpaceX Merlin 1D" rocket engine, yes I know that it isn't technically an air pump, but it still produces thrust. I would be planning on using the sea level variant, with a smaller nozzle, which according to SpaceX produces 7,607kn or thrust, or 1,710,000 lbf of force. My question is will be enough air being pushed through the air stone? Secondly will the exhaust from the fuel of liquid oxygen and what is very refined jet fuel be detrimental to the health of the tanks inhabitants? Thanks! APRIL FOOLS!!
  13. Hi I have a 75 gallon with an aquaclear 110 and an aquarium coop large sponge filter as a secondary filter, using my tetra whisper pump. I hate the whisper, it's so loud. So I'm wondering if I can run a nano pump with the size L sponge filter or will it not be strong enough? Also ... I'd like to use a nano with the nano size sponge filter for my betta fish in a 1 gallon cube. Which makes me confused, as it's hard to believe the same pump would work for a betta that would power a L sponge filter. Advice needed, thanks!
  14. will a nano air pump run a medium sponge filter
  15. I recently got the co-ops usb nano air pump, but not much air is coming out. I have seen images where there is LOTS MORE air, and was wondering how you do that. I have a checkvalve on it but that doesn't work. I will show you how much air is coming out: And this is what I'm talking about when I say that other are able to get more flow out of it: I have also tried adjusting the airstone, nothing seems to work. Does it need to be elevated?
  16. Good evening! I’m currently setting up a new 40 gal breeder. I was planning to use a large sponge filter with a nano air pump. Upon setting it up it seems like the air pumps creating little flow. Do I need a larger air pump?
  17. I purchased 7 or 8 nano USB air pumps and they arrived today but was wondering if I need a check valve. They are hanging on the petco aqueon tanks.
  18. Just wondering if the nano air pump will run a air stone in a 55 gallon tank? Thank you Bob
  19. Looking for advise to safety transport 5-6 shell dwellers (Multies). I will be picking them up from a private breeder about 3 hours from my home. I am meeting them so no idea how long they may have already been placed in bag (assuming just standard air in bag) but have a 3 hour drive home. I have a usb air pump if recommended. Can I simply open the bag once or twice doing transport or should I set up a bucket with an air stone? thank you for any advise
  20. I got my USB nano pump and like all things the first thing I did was take it apart. I was surprised to find this 51 ohm resistor in parallel with the pump. (I also recognized the motor/pump under the silicone sleeve as one I already had several of for another project. oops!) I noodled over why that was there some tonight, and I think its because the pump doesn't sink enough current to be detected by most USB battery banks. Without the resistor most power packs will auto-shutoff. If you're running two or more off the same battery or have a USB "UPS" instead of battery bank you really don't need this resistor and can clip this resistor off to get about 2.5x more battery life (when fully loaded, more if there's not much air restriction) off of a battery backup. You can also clip the resistor if you just want to save 1/2 watt of power consumption. Some googling also turned up the little known feature of /some/ usb battery banks. If you turn it on and hold the button for 3s it won't auto shut off. I tried it on my battery bank with no success so YMMV.
  21. So I see on a lot of the live streams people asking how to move fish tanks when moving. We usually get an answer for someone moving half an hour or so away. What do you do if you have to move across the country or more than a day drive away? With a couple bigger fish tanks...
  22. Hello, I just bought the ziss filter and didn't quite catch the fact that it runs off air. Can a USB air pump run one of these? It is a gift for my nephew, we just set up a 55gal take for a turtle (her name is Cranberry :), in his bedroom, and I'm hoping to keep the noise level down. Thank you for your reply, Loretta
  23. Hi! Glad to join the forums. I’m a new 10 gal owner, wondering if the usb pump and nano filter from here can replace my Top Fin PF 10 hang on back? Thanks!
  24. So I have a tank that is 24" deep with a large sponge filter powered with a tetra whisper which is anything but a whisper it's noisy and rattles like crazy and I want to get a quieter air pump. The USB air pump interests me but I'm not sure if it will be able to push enough air that deep and power the sponge filter so I'm hoping that someone with experience using them will be able to advice me if it is doable or not.
  25. Living in a city with no Aquarium Store and the nearest one is 36 miles (30 minutes) away and there is ones within a 3 hour drive of me. Going the distance with a USB Powered Air Pump has been on my mind because of the distance I have to travel to go to an aquarium shop. When should you use a USB powered air pump and when should you not use a USB powered Air pump? is it smart to use a USB powered air pump in transportation of fish from aquarium stores to home quarantine tank? What would your max distance be to use a USB air pump? These are all questions that could help a Beginner in the hobby.
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