11 most asked questions on air stone?

Air stone is one of the most common products used by aquarists and debated the most with respect to its usage. In this post, we have picked up the most asked questions from quora and google search queries on air stones and have answered them

Air stone gradually diffuses the air into the aquarium. Air stone increases the oxygen levels in the aquarium.

Depending on the mineral content of the water the air stone would to a period of 2 months. As it is less than a dollar it is advised to replace at regular intervals to get maximum benefits.

Yes, air stones need an air pump. Without an air pump, air stone is of no use.

Airstone increases the level of oxygen in the water with a simple technique. The purpose of the air stone is to diffuse the air and by doing so it increases the circulation and resulting in an increase in oxygen levels

No air stones won’t kill the fish. Depending on the number of air stones kept in the aquarium and the variety of fish kept, it could stress the fish.

Yes, it is absolutely fine with switching off the air stones in the night.

No air stone doesn’t affect the pH level but keeping them for long periods without cleaning them might have a slight impact on pH Levels.

You should not burry the air stone fully in the gravel. Keep them partially in the gravel and this would not affect the airflow.

Algae do not bloom in oxygen-rich water and air stone in aquarium induce more flow thus resulting in more oxygen in the water. Hence air stone does not help with algae.

When there is a water change and once the bubbles start popping up especially goldfishes and koi tend to go against the bubbles and this action proves they like to play with bubbles at times.

No, air stones don’t help with negating ammonia. Their core job is to diffuse air into water.

If you believe there are more FAQs to be listed in this post, please submit your questions


Mike worked at a famous pet store as a part-time employee and this experience has helped him write on the frequently asked questions on fishkeeping for FKI. Mike says the perfect way to end his weekend is to clean his 300 Gallon Central American cichlid tank and take a picture of the pristine tank every week. Mike has been contributing to FKI since May 2020

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