Pez - Air Compressor Maintenance Page 1 AIR COMPRESSOR The development of life in the aquatic environment is closely related to the lev el of oxygen and CO2 in solution. Aquatic creatures, fish, plants and microorgan isms, they need to varying degrees, the water contains a dissolved gas level suf ficient for their biological processes. With the advance of technology applied t o the aquarium can select from several types of solutions to maintain the water with optimal characteristics. One of them, economic and easy to install, is the use of an air compressor. This small device is interesting as a source of air fo r an air pump or a modular internal filter plate, which provides substrate below the sand. Operation: The compressor consists of a variable polarity electromagnet magnet s wings each time the magnetic poles are reversed. This oscillation is transmitted to a rubber membrane causing a vibration which results in rapid absorption and expulsion of air continuously. The continuous movement of all components of the compressor produces the worn parts, which requires us to perform some simple mai ntenance and replacement if we are to last in good condition and fully operation al for many years. Clean: http://www.drpez.com/drcomp.htm 25/04/2004 15:21:28 A compressor, regardless of the brand and model, can be removed in its entirety so that it can clean or replace the pieces that have deteriorated with use. You should clean the valve that regulates the flow of air. This is usually a scr ew thread on a dock outside the box of the compressor. The air compressor absorbs the small holes that are usually protected by a hard foam that performs air filtration. These foam filters should be replaced or wash ed when soiled. The duration of these filters is related to the amount of fumes or dust affecting the compressor. The interior of the compressor is formed by a series of small ducts for air regu lated by valves in the form of small rubber membranes. All these channels are of ten clog with time leading to decrease the flow of air produced by the compresso r. Also, you should clean the small membrane which function as air valve. These membranes (in the form of small rubber discs a few millimeters in diameter) are usually covered with a layer of carbon which increases the adhesion of the membr ane, making it stick to the hole where the air must pass, and then decrease, wel l, the air flow from the apparatus. Parts: The continuous pumping of air results in the rubber membrane that vibrates with the movement of the electromagnet to harden and break it. Membrane should be cha nged when you see the slightest crack or display material degraded and lost flex ibility. Where should I place the compressor: The ideal location of the air compressor sh ould be above the water level of the aquarium. This is to provide water that is flooded when off, due to the absorption phenomenon that occurs when you stop to

breathe air. When you stop working, the air containing the tube that connects th e air pump back, causing a vacuum effect produced by the absorption of water fro m the aquarium in the opposite direction to the outlet. This can be dangerous if we put up the compressor to be full of water (often burning the coil). In pract ice, it is feasible to place the tank below the compressor without running the r isk of water absorption, if the diffuser is in good condition. It diffuser preve nts water from entering the tube. How to remove unwanted noise: It is best to buy a quality device that has an acc eptable level of noise due to vibration of its operation. The best location for the compressor is inside the table that supports the aquarium. Should be hung on one side of the table with a piece of string to cushion the annoying vibrations .