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« on: April 14, 2010, 07:44:45 PM »

just wondering if anyone here has tried taking one of the 7 pod units and adding an airstone to the reservoir?  I've seen a bunch of DIY hydroponic systems set up similar to the AG but most everyone of them also has an airstone going for the added oxygen to there plants.  Does anybody have any experience with this or heard anything related to it?
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« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2010, 08:31:22 PM »

i added an air stone to my seven pod unit.  bought mine at wal mart fish dept.  it came with anti siphone valve and added a two package of air stones, a package of tubing and an air supply splitter, in case you ever want to add air to anything else.  that splitter is not necessary right now, only if you want to add on.  never have had trouble with algae.  it has helped keep the water clean and the roots a little happier.
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« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2010, 08:35:58 PM »

Cool, I was thinking about trying one to see if it would makes the plants happier and grow any better.  You would think the extra oxygen wouldn't hurt.  And the air pump, stone etc is cheap at walmart.
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« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2010, 10:19:42 AM »

Your garden will thank you for the extra O2. the pumps in the ag are barely enough to move the water.
I have many friends that use additional air stones in their gardens and no problems at all.
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« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2010, 10:54:51 AM »

Awesome, thanks Shane
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« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2010, 11:30:36 AM »

i forgot to add this note,  when adding the air hose, i have just lifted the flap lid and moved the stone to the back.  you could make a small notch in the pod lid at the back.  if the stone is toward the front, the bubbles will cause water to collect on the flap and run down the front of the unit.
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« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2010, 11:31:54 AM »

Good tip, thank you very much for pointing this out!
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« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2010, 12:33:00 PM »

So do you need any type of weight to anchor the airstone down?  I have seen some people use lead weights but I'm wondering if that would affect the the water or the fruit of the plant if ou are planning to consume it.
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« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2010, 10:56:35 PM »

i would not put anything in the water that you would not want to leach into it, you will end up with a toxic waste dump.  we'll have to call Haz Mat out to your house Grin  the stone and tubing will hold itself in place.  Gary
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« Reply #9 on: April 16, 2010, 09:38:48 AM »

Just thought I'd give it a try with my classic holding the Blue Flower Garden seeing I had a pump not being used.
Wow! Overnight the plants grew considerably and the buds on my Lobelia and ForgetmeNots also developed considerably.
Thanks for the suggestion, Kaedith!
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« Reply #10 on: April 16, 2010, 10:10:36 AM »

Does anyone have a picture of how this modification looks.  I just can't get a picture in my minds eye.  And about the splitter...... can you tie into the same pump for another ag? 
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« Reply #11 on: April 16, 2010, 10:17:05 AM »

The one I have is from a fish supply section of a pet store.




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« Reply #12 on: August 15, 2010, 08:34:23 PM »

I've added an airstone to my cherry tomatoes, teacup tomatoes and dwarf cukes and zuke.  I ran the tubing down through one of the unused pods and have the little aquarium pump sitting on the grow deck. 

Another experiment  Wink
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« Reply #13 on: August 21, 2010, 02:23:36 AM »

So do you need any type of weight to anchor the airstone down?  I have seen some people use lead weights but I'm wondering if that would affect the the water or the fruit of the plant if ou are planning to consume it.

There are small weights that you can buy for aquarium plants at your local pet-store that are non-toxic and will not leach any harmful metals into your water. After all, they're designed to work without killing tropical fish.
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