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TetraTec Deep Water Air Pumps

Delivers air where fish need it most, even in the deepest tanks. Excellent for Protein Skimmers.
Overall rating:
1.667 / 5
1.7
 / 
5
(6 reviews) 6
1 of 6(17%)customers recommend this product.
Reviews for TetraTec Deep Water Air Pumps
Review 1 for TetraTec Deep Water Air Pumps
Overall rating 
2 / 5
2 / 5 6 reviews

Loud and Weak

April 10, 2011
by Miamia
fromNew York
What is your gender?F
How many pets do you have?5 or more
How often do you shop at PetSmart?A few times a year
Performance 
2 / 5
2 / 5 6 reviews
Quality 
2 / 5
2 / 5 6 reviews
Ease of Use 
4 / 5
4 / 5 6 reviews
For the price this thing should be quieter and work better. It's a weak pump. I've used the biggest one with a 12 inch long bubble bar and only maybe 1/3 of the stone is active. I've changed stones, tubing, placement, everything. It's weak and ineffective. If I had paid $15 I would say you get what you pay for and in a pinch it is better than nothing. But I paid around $80 bucks for this. Not worth it. Plus it vibrates terribly. It's the loudest air pump I've ever had. To give you a real idea of it, a normal listening volume on our TV is 15. With any other air pump going on the tank in the living room, you may or may not have to put the TV to 16, that's it. With this thing, the TV is at 22 and it's still hard to hear. I hate this thing.
Pros: easy to install
Cons: Vibrates, loud
+4points
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Review 2 for TetraTec Deep Water Air Pumps
Overall rating 
1 / 5
1 / 5 6 reviews

Terrible Product

February 20, 2009
by Muse
fromTexas
What is your gender?F
How many pets do you have?5 or more
How often do you shop at PetSmart?Weekly
Performance 
1 / 5
1 / 5 6 reviews
Quality 
1 / 5
1 / 5 6 reviews
Ease of Use 
1 / 5
1 / 5 6 reviews
I have used Tetra products for years. I currently have three aquariums, a 10 gallon hospital tank with four resident fish that were rescued from a nasty department store tank, a 20 gallon tank for raising small comets and koi to a size suitable for the pond, and a 60 gallon tank with our brood of African Cichlids. We saw a display tank in a Petsmart that had FANTASTIC bubbles, so we spent the extra money to get the "Deep Water" pump so that I could make a curtain of bubbles along the back of the 60 gallon, plus run some air stones in the ornaments. We did not have this thing for more than about 6-7 months before the bubbles started getting thinner. I thought it was the stones in the curtain becoming plugged as the tank contains very hard water for the Cichlids. I cleaned, scraped and poked holes in the stones. The result? Bigger bubbles but less of them. I noticed the bubbles in the ornaments were fine. I went to the store and they suggested rebuilding, as did the manufacturer when I called them. The problem is, you cannot find the diaphragms to rebuild them! I came here looking and saw the rating and reviews and realized that it is not just me, my hard water, or one bad pump. Now I feel totally ripped off. I told the manager about the reviews and he said they had no complaints at the store or they would have recalled the item. I suggested he look at this website and see how many people had the SAME problem.
It is very sad, because I have bought a LOT of Tetra products. At the same time I bought the AP-300 model - I purchased a 100 gallon http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2753029 for my pond. It is outside, in a small wooden enclosure that holds the GFCI breaker, the pump switch, and the control for the landscape lights, yet it is STILL pumping out bubbles like it did the first day I installed it, over a year later. I cannot believe the difference in these two products! Looking back, I wish I had skipped the super-expensive AP-300 model and bought another 100 instead. DO NOT BUY THE "DEEP WATER" PUMP if you want a pump that lasts more than a few months! It is not worth the price at all!
Pros: none - don't buy this!
Cons: does not pump air as strongly as it should, does not last, cost to performance ratio is terrible.
+6points
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Review 3 for TetraTec Deep Water Air Pumps
Overall rating 
1 / 5
1 / 5 6 reviews

Deep Water Air Pump

February 21, 2008
by jometz
fromNorth Carolina
What is your gender?F
Performance 
2 / 5
2 / 5 6 reviews
Quality 
1 / 5
1 / 5 6 reviews
Ease of Use 
4 / 5
4 / 5 6 reviews
I bought this product a year ago for my 150gal tank. I only used it to feed one air tube. It worked very well for the first month and gradually became less and less powerful. A couple of months after purchase it would run, but no air would come out. I would not recomend this product if you plan on having an aquarium longer than 3 months. ; )
+8points
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Review 4 for TetraTec Deep Water Air Pumps
Overall rating 
1 / 5
1 / 5 6 reviews

DW96-2

June 21, 2007
by Murts
fromCincinnati, Oh
Performance 
3 / 5
3 / 5 6 reviews
Quality 
1 / 5
1 / 5 6 reviews
Ease of Use 
4 / 5
4 / 5 6 reviews
Pump worked great for about 5 months. Used pump on a 180 gal tank with a 30" depth only 4 air stone for an under gravel filter.
Found that the internal housing had cracked.
Would not recomend product
+4points
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Review 5 for TetraTec Deep Water Air Pumps
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5 6 reviews

Not much noise but unit did not last.

January 29, 2007
by JMustang
fromFlorida
Performance 
4 / 5
4 / 5 6 reviews
Quality 
1 / 5
1 / 5 6 reviews
Ease of Use 
5 / 5
5 / 5 6 reviews
Have had it 6 mos. after it got very weak. Very silent too bad poor quality. Will never buy again.Was very powerful at first.
+5points
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Review 6 for TetraTec Deep Water Air Pumps
Overall rating 
2 / 5
2 / 5 6 reviews

Disappointment...

November 26, 2006
by CJay
  • Expert
fromNY, NY
Performance 
2 / 5
2 / 5 6 reviews
Quality 
2 / 5
2 / 5 6 reviews
I purchased the DW96-2, advertised for tanks 24 to 96 gallons with 3 to 10 air devices.
I have a 29 gallon tank, and am only able to use this to power two 6" air stones at the bottom of the tank. And after the past few months since purchasing, it is already becomming less and less powerful. Replacing the air stones haven't really helped either.
Next time, I will research a little more and perhaps spend a little more money and will hopefully be happier with the outcome. I don't think I'll even bother replacing the parts on this one, unfortunately.
+6points
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