Boyu – Round Air Stone
- Helps to increase the oxygen levels where required
- A quality air diffusor
- Suitable for fish tanks, aquariums, ponds, hydroponic systems and nutrient solutions
- Available in a range of sizes (100mm, 150mm and 200mm)
- Required pipe and air pump (sold separately) to oxygenate
Air Stones are essential in DWC (Deep Water Culture) systems to keep your root zone properly oxygenated, however, they have a huge number of uses in hydroponic systems. Air stones can also be used to keep your nutrient solution/reservoir properly oxygenated or in Oxypot or bubbler systems.
You simply need to attach these Airstones to an appropriate pipe and air pump (both sold separately).
Conversions: 1 Teaspoon = 5mL | 1 Tablespoon = 15 mL | 1 Ounce = 30mL | 1 Cup = 240 mL
Did you know that you can drown your plants? It’s true. And it’s not the same as just overwatering a potted plant. When you overwater a plant, you risk issues like mould and root rot. When you drown your plant, it quite literally lacks oxygen, as a drowning human would.
That’s where air stones come into play for your hydroponic growing strategy. This article gives you the basics on what air stones are and why you need them. You’ll also find out precisely what role oxygen plays in hydroponics and plant health.
Here’s why your reservoir tank needs air stones.
What are air stones used for?
You may already be familiar with air stones if you’ve used them in fish tanks.
Air stones create tiny bubbles of oxygen in your hydroponic tank when the air is forced through the stone. The bubbles make the dissolved oxygen disperse more widely throughout your system. Typically, the oxygen bubbles are pushed through the system with an air pump, which we will discuss more in a later article. The stones themselves are submerged in the water or nutrient solution inside your reservoir.
Note that the stones themselves do not actually generate oxygen. They act as a mechanism to disperse the oxygen.
What is the role of oxygen in hydroponics?
When plants grow outdoors in soil, natural processes allow oxygen to penetrate the earth and get to the plants’ roots. For example, worms churn the dirt, which disperses oxygen, making it more accessible to the roots.
But why do plants need oxygen at the roots? The oxygen actually assists the process of nutrient uptake. When more oxygen is present, plants can better absorb minerals and even water. That means the air stones can make your nutrient solution more efficient. Without enough oxygen, plants are likely not to grow to their full potential, in part because they aren’t taking nutrients ineffectively.
In addition to aiding nutrient uptake, increased oxygen circulation around the roots also helps to prevent harmful pathogens from taking hold and making plants sick. The lack of pathogen protection from insufficient oxygen is directly related to plant nutrition. When there’s not enough oxygen, the plant doesn’t get enough nutrients, and when it doesn’t get enough nutrients, it produces stress hormones that make it less able to fight off everpresent bacteria.
Choosing an air stone
Air stones come in a few different sizes and shapes. It’s not hard to select one, though. Use smaller stones for smaller setups and larger stones for larger setups. As for the shape, pick one that roughly matches the shape of your tank. The most common shapes for these oxygen dispersers are rectangle or cylinder.
You can try a few different air stones and experiment with which shape and size will work best for your nutrient tank.
Air stones are not expensive at all. They’re a tiny investment that can make a big difference in the health of your plants. So come in and check out the airstone options at Gone To Pot Hydroponics.
“nice clean fine bubles allows oxegen to disolve much more in your pond or tank”
“ Good diffuse bubbles of huge quantity and tiny dimensions – creates an almost froth-like column for maximum air-to-liquid surface area for great oxygenation. Snails use it as a theme park for bungy jumping off the weeds and getting a free ride back up.”
“I expected this to be less of a performer than it is. the bubbles are super fine and it works perfectly. I use this for a 180 litre tank and I’m happy with it and the fish love it.“
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