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Finest mist air stone?

I remember a couple of years ago I saw a Japanese made airstone that produced some super fine consistent bubbles and the airstone was rectangular in shape and made of some type of wood. I can't for the life of me remember what they are called and where to get them. Does anyone remember what they were?
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Probably not the same one, but I've used Coralife Limewood airstones.
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Basswood or sometimes called limewood

https://benkrasnow.blogspot.com/2010...tones-for.html

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Basswood or sometimes called limewood

https://benkrasnow.blogspot.com/2010...tones-for.html
Oh that's perfect thanks. My father-in-law has a full blown woodshop at his house so that would be cake to make. I'll go to Rockler this weekend to get some basswood.
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Just keep in mind that while wooden "airstones" are indeed capable of producing very fine bubbles, they have a rather limited service life.
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Having used them in protein skimmers. You will need a very strong air pump. As they have a strong back pressure.
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Ah, that's what I forgot. There was something about the wood stones that I didn't like. And a strong pump doesn't mean the volume, has to have the pressure, and there is not a lot of pumps today that are good enough. Years ago there was a pump that was a 2 wheel design with a belt that worked great for air stones. Doubt they make it anymore. name escapes me, like a steam driven locomotive. Second best was a luft pump, but don't believe they are the same quality as they were years ago.

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I use Tetra air pumps, you think those will be ok?

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Worth a shot, although they need a lot of pressure to drive the air through the fine pores of the woods the complaint is more for a protein skimmer where you want a milky white water column completely full of bubbles. For a FW I suspect you are just diffusing some co2 or air for circulation, the tetra should be fine, but it may go through flapper valves fighting the back pressure.

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