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Airstone Necessary?

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Hey all,

My tank is looking good. Per some suggestions, im going to be investing in some new bulbs, DIY CO2 and eventually a canister filter. I was wondering though, Do I need an air-stone? I have a pump and airstone, I just don't like it. The pump is kind of loud and all the bubbles are too much. Is it a necessity or just astetics on a 55g? I thought the bubbles would cause more co2 loss? Thanks for the help!
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Well when it comes to plants dont. I only started on plants last December lol, i'm more a fish guy, learning the ways of planted tanks. Air stones though are a poor choice for aeration of a tank however, at least for fish. So i'd agree its more aesthetic then useful. For just plants i'd be more into having a good current flow. Maybe i'm wrong, but thats my understanding anytime i see similar questions asked :)
 

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In my experience, I used to only run an air stone at night, then decided to run it 24/7, and I believe my plants, and most of all, my fish are much more happier because of it. Also the extreme pearling of the plants is a great view, I also believe it helped with alot of algae issues i was having. I also have small micro o2 bubbles rising from the substrate.

I keep the air stone in the corner behind a bunch of plants and don't even notice it anymore. My suggestion, run one. You won't regret it.
 

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I have been using two air-stones in my 125G, in addition to two propeller style circulators. With a heavily planted tank, I find the circulators' current is broken up but the air bubbles always make it to the surface. I think it is just two different surface agitation methods that compliment each other. I like them both, so I use them both.
Good luck,
Dave
 

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I used to run an air stone, but stopped because the CO2 swings were causing BBA like crazy. It was also wasting a lot of the gas, meaning more frequent refills.
 
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