Aquarium aerator for AeroGarden?

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Aquarium aerator for AeroGarden?

Hello:

I just got an AeroGarden Harvest for Christmas - it's been up only 7 days now and my tomatoes have already sprouted!  smiley

I notice there's an item on the AeroGarden website:

http://www.aerogarden.com/accessories/oxygen-booster-kit.html

You know, that looks an awful lot like an aquarium air pump...I have one of those sitting unused.

I see my AeroGarden Harvest has two ports on the back with rubber plugs.  Is that what those are for?

Could I use an aquarium air pump (and its bubble stone with clear tubing) with my AeroGarden Harvest to increase aeration and oxygen in the water?  Would there be any downside?

Googling around, I see the only valid concern is that the clear tubing will let in light which may cause algae growth.  But the ports are small and if I secure the clear tubing with black electrical tape I will minimize light leakage.

Are there any other concerns?  Would this be a good thing to try?

Thank you.

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I have an Aerogarden Bounty

I have an Aerogarden Bounty LED WIFI and found the same air pump on amazon.com that aerogarden sells. . I purchased two large round air stones and a fitting kit and hose. I used one backstop valve and one "T" fitting and put one round stone in each half of the tank. Works great plants grow better and pump is quite. 

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The output from any airpump

The output from any airpump will be better then the one that comes with the older AGs.

I ended up replacing a few in some AG3 and AG6s with Rena50s and the output was almost too much for the small reservoir.

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Found truly silent air pump 

Found truly silent air pump 

Google "ultra quiet fishtank pump"  and the first one that comes up is a very small white or black pump that is truly silent. It's the sjize of a 50 cent coin. 

The output isn't very strong byt I guess it will at  least support 2 splits. 

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Also, for what it's worth...

Also, for what it's worth... when I was more into aquarium things years ago, one thing I was told was that it's not the bubbles that add oxygen to the water, but rather the movement of the surface water that adds the oxygen - the bubbles just happen to do that - keep the surface water moving. I don't know if that's fact or fiction, just something I heard at some point. But if it is true, then maybe just running the AG pump more often accomplishes the same thing to keep the surface water moving?

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I have one of these pumps,

I have one of these pumps, and it seems quiet to me - https://www.amazon.com/Tetra-77846-Whisper-Pump-10-Gallon/dp/B000GZ1EX6/...

I used it in the garage for a Kratky type experiment growing lettuce.
Brought it inside just now to test it, and it still seems quiet - but I do have a bit of white noise from a semi-busy street behind me.
And one of my ears doesn't hear so well anymore.
So, YMMV.
Every time I look at it I want to find a head and tail to glue onto it to make it seem complete.

I used 1/4" brown tubing for drip line irrigation with it. But that usually is only sold in 50+ foot lengths also at Home Depot, etc... - unless you have a neighbor that's been doing some drip irrigation installs and has extra. I'd send you a cut of mine, but it would probably cost almost as much to ship it as it would to buy a 50' roll of it.

I'm curious why the tube would get algae in it - from the humidity in the air being pushed through the pump, or from the AG side when the air is turned off? If the former, maybe there's an air line filter that can be used just after the air pump to filter out moisture? If the latter, maybe a check valve on the AG side of things could keep moisture from coming back in the line when the pump is turned off?

 

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If you want a quiet pump, you

If you want a quiet pump, you may want to spend a few dollars. I use a General Hydroponics pump that is very quiet, and you can run lines to four separate gardens. Each line has it's own valve, and well worth the money.

https://www.amazon.com/General-Hydroponics-Dual-Diaphragm-Pump/dp/B008UF9XLY

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 Update on pump

 Update on pump

I had a pump that was supposed to be silent, it was not.. I also had no luck on placing it somewhere quiet using a long air tube. 

As  far black tubing is concerned I wasn't able to get it locally, only longer lengths at Amazon.

Solution? Use pump only during the day and cover it with black tape.

 

A search on Amazon for "quiet fishtank air pump" yields 2 very promising pumps, very small and quiet. Something to consider in the future.

First I want to replace the cfls with leds using 3rd party adapters from eBay or Amazon and    

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If the tube is in the light,

If the tube is in the light, yes, it will cut down on algae to use black tubing, and yes, algae makes a big difference in growth / plant health. For some crops more than others.

It'll be interesting to see whether a long tube helps with the noise.

 

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Also new gardner hereI've

Also new gardner hereI've read a lot about using a fishtank pump. Since I have one it seems like a good idea but I've also read it's a good idea to use black tubing to prevent algae. Does anyone think that would make any difference? 

 

As far as sound goes I am thinking about using a long tube so I can put the pump some place where the sound is not as noticeable. 

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Yes... I don't like the air

smiley Yes... I don't like the air pump noise either. When it turned out my AG LED (not Ultra) had the air pumps, I almost sent it back... Probably should have sent it back, actually. I stuck with the classic Aerogardens with water pumps for a long time. Fortunately, the AG Ultra LED has water pumps again - yay!

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