Air stone not working and I have no idea why

Nickguy5467

I have an air pump, and small circle air stone connected via co2 line. I've had the pump running for a while but still nothing from the air stone. the line I can feel fills from the pump. but still nothing from the air stone. I've pushed the line as far as I can onto the air stone too.

I thought maybe it was because the stone was dirty? do I gave it a bleach batch for maybe a whole day. then gave it a clean water bath. let it dry for a day, and then tried again and it still produces nothing. do air stones just break or something like this?

i don't know if its important but been placed both vertical and horizontal. I assume it works either way

little video of what I'm working with
 

BigManAquatics

Would be well worth the money to just get a new one after already investing what sounds like 30 man hours into an air stone! Yeah, they do just sometimes clog up. Or maybe something got wedged in the stem.
 

Nickguy5467

Would be well worth the money to just get a new one after already investing what sounds like 30 man hours into an air stone! Yeah, they do just sometimes clog up. Or maybe something got wedged in the stem.
the pump or the air stone? i supposedly cleaned the air stone. unless theres a point where bleach baths no longer unclog or clean them?
 

MasterPython

Is it new airstone?

Try sticking something down the hole.
 

Nickguy5467

Is it new airstone?
new to me at least lul, found it in my fish stuff bucket. i think i bought it at one point and never used it. i cleaned it anyway though to see if that would work. unless these bubbles are super tiny invisible. i have no idea where the air is going. i mean i can feel the line is filled with air. so where is it going? i mean. i thought at one point that the stone was just going to fire off and break my tank at one point because i have no idea where the air from the line is going
 

FinalFins

Your pump may not have enough pressure to push it through the airstone. How is the air flow without the air stone attached?
 

Nickguy5467

Your pump may not have enough pressure to push it through the airstone. How is the air flow without the air stone attached?
hadn't thought of that lul, just tried it. well at least the pump is working i guess. should i just leave it like this? or attach it below like the stone was? maybe look for a stone that works?

 

PeterFishKeepin

Perhaps glue a river rock or any pebble you have to the end of the stone And just let the tube bubble out ar, you don't really need the stone it just makes it look fancy
 

Nickguy5467

Perhaps glue a river rock or any pebble you have to the end of the stone And just let the tube bubble out ar, you don't really need the stone it just makes it look fancy
oh. i dont need fancy in a qt tank. so i guess ill just attach the tube to the suction cup at the buttom then
 

FinalFins

hadn't thought of that lul, just tried it. well at least the pump is working i guess. should i just leave it like this? or attach it below like the stone was? maybe look for a stone that works?

How is the flow at the bottom of the tank? If it’s a very gently flow of bubbles it definitely could be a pressure issue.
 

Nickguy5467

How is the flow at the bottom of the tank? If it’s a very gently flow of bubbles it definitely could be a pressure issue.
as i figured out. air wouldn't go through the stone. or maybe it was and those bubbles were microscopic invisible. I'm surprised it didn't explode or shoot off and break the tank or something.

this is what i got going on now since i don't really need a stone it seems anyway

 

BigManAquatics

I still say go to the store and spend $2 on a new airstone. Then spend the time if that doesn't work. Most likely save yourself a headache. ALWAYS start at the simplest part first. 95% of the time that really is the problem.
 

Nickguy5467

I still say go to the store and spend $2 on a new airstone. Then spend the time if that doesn't work. Most likely save yourself a headache. ALWAYS start at the simplest part first. 95% of the time that really is the problem.
sure. ill hit my lfs when i can. but this works for now i guess
 

BigManAquatics

sure. ill hit my lfs when i can. but this works for now i guess
There is a term for that but i can't use it here. Even the more politically correct version lol

However, this has reminded me i used up my extra stones last weekend and really should go to petco before they close and get some more!
 

KingOscar

The air stone may be partially clogged, but the output of the pump with a single wide open hose doesn't seem all that strong to me. Especially considering it's not even in a deep tank. I suspect the pump is on the weak side or worn.
 

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