Review of the Tetra APS50 Air Pump

Tetra APS50 Air Pump Review
Price I paid: £18 from my local aquarium
Price at Amazon: £10.45 (saving 42%)

Last week the air pump on my fish tank finally packed in. It had done pretty well, lasting nearly 8 years. That sounds pretty good to me, but then it was the first one I had, so I’m not that experienced with air pumps.

The first place I usually look for replacement fish tank parts is my local aquarium. It’s part of the local garden centre, so it’s nice to take a look around at their plants whilst buying what I need.

I told the guy that my priority was keeping the noise down as the fish tank was pretty close to where we sat, and we didn’t want a lot of disturbance when we were watching a film. For those who have fish tanks, the poor performing equipment can make a real racket, so best to try and balance the noise vs cost with all the pumping and filtration bits and bobs.

The replacement I was offered was the Tetra APS50 Air Pump. I was offered a longer airline and non-return valve, but didn’t take him up on the offer. I figured I could always get these later if I needed them, and I had all the old airlines already installed in the tank.

Air pumps are pretty easy to install, especially as I had all the airlines left from the last air pump. All I had to do was plug it in, switch on and off we go.

Fantastic little pump. Hardly hear anything from the pump itself, so no disturbances when I’m watching Woman in Black and hiding behind the sofa!

The only thing I do regret is not taking the non-return valve. This is more of a safety feature, and I’m surprised it wasn’t included in the original package.


Quiet and good value


Cheaper at Amazon – but then I like supporting my local businesses!


The Tetra APS50 Air Pump is well worth the price, but an absolute steal at the price Amazon is selling. I know where to buy the next replacement.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask below. I’ll be happy to help.

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