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Old 05-14-2013, 08:04 PM   #1
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Airstone bubbler not working?

I just noticed my fluval air pump is on, but no bubbles are coming out? I unplugged and replicated, made sure all are tight, any ideas
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Old 05-14-2013, 08:09 PM   #2
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I just went through the same thing and had to replace my airstone because they do eventually get calcium or other types of build up on them from the water. My bubbler works so much better. The best way to test to see if its that is to take the stone or decoration of the tubing and just put the tubing in the water. If it is really bubbling, it's the airstone. If its not, them it's your tubing or pump!
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Old 05-14-2013, 08:22 PM   #3
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This happened to me too -.- but I fixed it.. It was the tube thingy hehehehe I didn't know It had something that didn't let air pass thru lol
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I checked and its just the airdrome, wow its very gross.
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Old 05-15-2013, 12:10 AM   #5
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Ok, I bought the same bubbler and I put it down and it didnt work... When I dangled it a few inches under the surface? The tube its self is producing... Ideas?
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Someone help please? It isn't working!!!
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Old 05-15-2013, 06:02 PM   #7
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Does your tube perhaps have a hole somehwere?
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Old 05-15-2013, 06:13 PM   #8
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I don't think so. When I plug the tube in the stone nothing happens, but it produces bubbles when I take t out
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:37 PM   #9
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The pump may just not be powerful enough for the stone. Some stones are just denser than others. Pumps lose power over time, how old is your pump and what size is it? The diaphragm or other rubber part may be worn out, repair kits are available. Water pressure increases with depth requiring more air pressure, does your stone bubble if you hold it just below the surface? See if you can find a coarser looking stone. Sometimes a stone is just poorly made, the tube inside can be pinched or blocked.
From your description of events it sounds like your pump has lost power. First stone started clogging, pump started straining, new stone doesn't work. But check tubing for kinks and leaks. Put your finger over end of tube or crimp it shut, put as much of tube in water as you can with pump on. Check pump inlets for obstructions. I don't know if yours has a filter, usually a small cotton pad inside, check that, try running pump and stone without that filter, for a few minutes only!

That's about all I can think of. Minerals and algae or just plain gunk can clog a stone, sometimes you can clean them by boiling a few minutes and letting it soak a while, Soaking in water with plenty of vinegar in it or bleach in it can help. Or both but at separate times don't mix bleach and vinegar. Rinse well, especially if you used bleach.
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It is 20-50 gallon pump. I read that Mabye the tubeis clogged, so in soakin in hot water. I'll see how it is soon
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