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Fish Aquarium Impellers

If you’ve recently become the proud owner of fresh or saltwater fish, you will soon learn that taking care of your fish aquarium is something that requires time and energy and must be done even if the tank looks good to your naked eye. Invisible toxins can exist in the cleanest looking tanks, and if not properly maintained, your tank will allow these toxins and bacteria to thrive and harm your fish. There are a number of fish tank cleaning and maintenance supplies you’ll need over time, and as you become more experienced with caring for fish and cleaning their tank, you’ll discover aquarium parts and fish tank maintenance supplies that will make the job of cleaning the tank much easier and less time-consuming. One piece of equipment available at Zen Pet Supplies today is what is called a fish aquarium “impeller,” which is used to suck air into another piece of equipment, such as a vacuum cleaner for fish tanks.

Fish aquarium impellers are rotating devices designed to change the flow and/or pressure of the water in your tank, and they have a variety of vanes (most are shaped like a blade), and the vanes are arranged around a short central shaft. When the vanes and shaft rotate, water is sucked and “impelled” out the other side; hence, the name “impeller.” Fish tank pumps, also available right here on our website, are made up of numerous parts, and each of those parts plays an important role in the operation of the fish tank pump. Impellers have a very important role; they are the piece that transfers energy from the motor, and they look a little bit like a boat propeller. In our current inventory, we carry a number of different types of fish aquarium impellers. Impellers will be found on a variety of fish tank pumps including external pumps and power filter pumps.

Power filters are driven by two magnets: one is attached to an impeller inside the filter, and the second is attached to the motor. As the magnet on the motor spins, it causes the impeller magnet to spin also, and the spinning impeller pushes water along a tube. The second pump that uses an impeller is an external pump, which are on the outside of the aquarium and there are three different types: centrifugal, diaphragm and peristaltic. Centrifugal pumps are magnetically driven just like power filters. A spinning impeller forces water to the outsides of the impeller housing and through a tube. Impellers for this type of fish tank pump large amounts of water through a filtration system and are usually used on larger tanks (over 55 gallons). People with a good deal of experience maintaining fish tanks will tell you that if you’re having trouble with your pump, the impeller is usually the culprit. When your pump seems to not be working at full capacity, check the impeller first. You’ll know when an impeller needs to be replaced because water flow will be poor as will water circulation, and you will even hear a distinct grinding noise coming from the tank. Replacing the impeller will get your pump working at full capacity right away, and by cleaning the impeller on a regular basis, you’ll help to achieve the best water flow possible.