Air Stone?

  1. g

    guppy247 Initiate Member

    I'd like to get an air stone, to increase the surface agitation in my tank and get rid of the filmy layer that is always there. I have a very small freshwater tank-1.5 gal- and I'd like to know what kind of air stone is best to get.

    I don't have much space in the tank, and I don't have room for more equipment with tubing or wires. I already have a filter/bubbler, but it doesn't take care of the problem. Is there an air stone or something like it that will release bubbles to the surface? Anybody have an idea? Thanks. :)
     




  2. c

    catsma_97504 Fishlore Legend Member

    The best diffuser I have found is a bit of cotton stuffed into the end of the airline tubing. As this line is so light, I then weight it down with a rock or wrap a plant anchor around it.

    If you want to purchase a diffuser, bamboo works great; but needs to be replaced as it can clog. Ceramic is good too, but some of them take quite a bit of room.

    Another option is to purchase a sponge filter. Not only will it help to diffuse the air bubbles, but it will provide additional space for bacteria to colonize.
     
  3. pirahnah3

    pirahnah3 Fishlore VIP Member

    I have usually just bought the little push in the end of the tube stone ones available at any LFS or online for fairly short money and they do a great job for me.

    The DIY ones would be great if you don't want to spend the money. In a tank that small I think the sponge filter might be a bit hard to squeeze in but if you can would make a great way to help filter the tank and keep the beneficial bacteria around.
     
  4. Wendy Lubianetsky

    Wendy Lubianetsky Well Known Member Member

    I never thought about a cotton ball, good suggestion. I was looking for something to control the intake on the airtube of an under water filter. A rubberband and a cottonball would be perfect..... and I tried it and it actually does work. Woopie and thank you.:;hi2:;dete
     
  5. Jaysee

    Jaysee Fishlore Legend Member

    Are you feeding flakes?
     
  6. OP
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    g

    guppy247 Initiate Member

    I'm not sure which type I'll go with, but thanks for the suggestions. I'll get something good for a bigger tank someday. :)