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Air Stones

in Hydroponics Thu Feb 13, 2014 10:31 pm
by MR1 | 703 Posts | 2417 Points

Anyone using this airstone? I bought some airstones from China, they cost $ 2.90 with free shipping. It works real well, fine bubbles compared to the cylinder style and more of them. I am using my Million Air 200, 2.3 watt air pump. Would 2 of these be enough for a 5 gallon DWC bucket?http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Aquarium-Air-Pipe-Airstone-Tube-Balance-Holder-Proof-Oxygen-Circulate-Pump-/310723017785?ssPageName=ADME:L:OC:CA:3160#ht_4275wt_1362

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RE: Air Stones

in Hydroponics Thu Feb 13, 2014 11:35 pm
by surfinc | 1.745 Posts | 6379 Points

looks solid..whats it made of? looks like pumice stone


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RE: Air Stones

in Hydroponics Fri Feb 14, 2014 1:08 am
by MR1 | 703 Posts | 2417 Points

Mineral stone, could be the same thing.

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RE: Air Stones

in Hydroponics Fri Feb 14, 2014 11:21 am
by The Hemp Goddess | 281 Posts | 1083 Points

It is hard to say, but probably. There will be less bubbles produced in a 5 gal bucket because the water pressure on the stone is greater. Have you tried putting 2 in a 5 gal bucket and seeing how it looked?


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RE: Air Stones

in Hydroponics Fri Feb 14, 2014 11:57 am
by MR1 | 703 Posts | 2417 Points

No I have not, I will do that.

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RE: Air Stones

in Hydroponics Fri Feb 14, 2014 6:05 pm
by MR1 | 703 Posts | 2417 Points

I am going with 2 stones. Eco Air, 6w,1.75psi, 1.2g/min., inexpensive pump.

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RE: Air Stones

in Hydroponics Fri Feb 14, 2014 6:44 pm
by The Hemp Goddess | 281 Posts | 1083 Points

Yup, that's enough bubbles.


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RE: Air Stones

in Hydroponics Fri Feb 14, 2014 7:05 pm
by MR1 | 703 Posts | 2417 Points

First time with DWC, thank you THG for your valued opinion.

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RE: Air Stones

in Hydroponics Fri Feb 14, 2014 7:27 pm
by bbr751 | 424 Posts | 1841 Points

doing my first DWC as well. bubbles look good. mojo for the grow.


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RE: Air Stones

in Hydroponics Fri Feb 14, 2014 7:32 pm
by Weedhopper | 1.200 Posts | 3987 Points

I loves Bubbles. Ill never forget my 1st DWC grow. THG and Andy52 walked me thru it. It was great.


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RE: Air Stones

in Hydroponics Fri Feb 14, 2014 8:03 pm
by shortbus | 253 Posts | 1304 Points

have you checked the light penetration on the bucket? you don't want ANY light getting to the reservoir. i used dark blue bucket's and i wrapped them in black duct tape a few times.


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RE: Air Stones

in Hydroponics Fri Feb 14, 2014 8:23 pm
by Weedhopper | 1.200 Posts | 3987 Points

We are a form of Energy and Energy never dies,,IT JUST CHANGES FORMS. Im gonna be Dirt,,your gonna be POO. LOL
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RE: Air Stones

in Hydroponics Fri Feb 14, 2014 10:00 pm
by MR1 | 703 Posts | 2417 Points

My bucket is still white, I was wondering if someone would spot that, I have some time before I start the DWC, I just haven't got around to painting it yet. I may just use a black garbage bag to cover it. You know, roll it up to keep light out, roll it down to check.

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RE: Air Stones

in Hydroponics Fri Feb 14, 2014 10:13 pm
by The Hemp Goddess | 281 Posts | 1083 Points

I didn't realize that was THE bucket you were going to use. I thought you were just checking how much the 2 air stones cause 5 gals to bubble. You absolutely want a bucket that no light can penetrate. I recommend just getting black buckets. Not all black garbage bags actually block light and I think that would just be a PITA.

I really like DWC. I did an ebb and flow recently, but the growth doesn't matching that of my DWC buckets.


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RE: Air Stones

in Hydroponics Fri Feb 14, 2014 10:52 pm
by bbr751 | 424 Posts | 1841 Points

Quote: shortbus wrote in post #11
have you checked the light penetration on the bucket? you don't want ANY light getting to the reservoir. i used dark blue bucket's and i wrapped them in black duct tape a few times.

i use blue buckets wrapped with 6 mill black plastic, no light gets in.


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RE: Air Stones

in Hydroponics Fri Feb 14, 2014 11:02 pm
by MR1 | 703 Posts | 2417 Points

I am having a hard time finding black buckets, I did find a dark brown one tho and I may be able to get more of those but I think I will still cover them somehow. THG you are right about the bags, not all black bags block light, you have to look for the right ones.


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RE: Air Stones

in Hydroponics Fri Feb 14, 2014 11:44 pm
by bbr751 | 424 Posts | 1841 Points

blue bucket wrapped in 6 mill black,


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RE: Air Stones

in Hydroponics Fri Feb 14, 2014 11:45 pm
by bbr751 | 424 Posts | 1841 Points

i phone turns it sideways some reason.


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RE: Air Stones

in Hydroponics Fri Feb 14, 2014 11:58 pm
by MR1 | 703 Posts | 2417 Points

Thanks bbr751, I used some panda film and some black fusion spray paint for the top rim.

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RE: Air Stones

in Hydroponics Sat Feb 15, 2014 8:13 am
by Weedhopper | 1.200 Posts | 3987 Points

Watch your solution temps,,thats very important to your plants root system also.


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RE: Air Stones

in Hydroponics Sat Feb 15, 2014 12:04 pm
by MR1 | 703 Posts | 2417 Points

What temps do you suggest?

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RE: Air Stones

in Hydroponics Sat Feb 15, 2014 5:57 pm
by Weedhopper | 1.200 Posts | 3987 Points

I tried to keep mine as close to 70 as i could,,but it wasnt easy in the deep south. LOL I noticed my roots were white as they could be with cool solution temps at around 69 to 70. it would float up around 75 in the hottest part of the day,,for a short time,,before i added fresh frozen water bottle. Didny have the money for a Chiller.


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RE: Air Stones

in Hydroponics Sat Feb 15, 2014 6:37 pm
by MR1 | 703 Posts | 2417 Points

Thank you Weedhopper. I guess I will keep my DWC in my basement where it is cool and do the soil outside in my shed.

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RE: Air Stones

in Hydroponics Sat Feb 15, 2014 6:49 pm
by Weedhopper | 1.200 Posts | 3987 Points

Some ppl use chillers.


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RE: Air Stones

in Hydroponics Sat Feb 15, 2014 6:55 pm
by Dr Green Fang | 142 Posts | 864 Points

Random thought on the whole air stone thing.. this is supposed to be a majorly superior stone to all out there. Creates amazing bubbles and stays cleaner 3x longer, so I've heard. They seem nice, but WOO expensive.

http://www.plantlightinghydroponics.com/...ble-p-1679.html

I use 4" cylindrical currently, but am considering buying 4 of the double's, for DWC.

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