A high quality air pump is vital for hydroponics..
Hydroponic systems rely as much on the oxygenation as much as they do on the water, lights and nutrients. Just like plants grown in soil need tiny air sockets to survive, your hydroponic plants also need air which your nutrient water can run out of fairly quickly.
Having a quality air pump, first and foremost, increases the water flow. It circulates the air in the water and eliminates any build-up of toxic chemicals (ammonia and nitrite) that can harm your plants. Furthermore, oxygen actually assists in nutrient uptake; Meaning, the more air you have running to your roots or within the water the more nutrients the plant can receive. So by having a quality air pump and aerating your nutrient solution you'll have less diseases, faster growth and healthier plants.
Here at The Hippie House we stock a range of high quality air pumps to suit every sized tank and reservoir. We stock the leading brands such as Aqua one who are extremely well known for their pumps in the aquarium and pet industry. They're reliable, work as they are meant to and don't break the bank. Another one of our favourites are our PondOne pumps which are high powered pumps that are extremely well built and reliable. Made for outdoor ponds these pumps last for ever and are as tough as a rock.
We also stock a range of air pump accessories including the airline tubes which you'll need to run from the pump to the water. These are sold in single 1 meter lengths or larger 50 and 100 meter rolls. Another popular accessory are the air stones which provide further oxygen to your water and nutrient solution. They're around or under the $10 mark and they are well worth the cost.
If you have any questions in regards to any of our air pumps and air pump accessories please don't hesitate to get in touch. Our support team are always here to help and will gladly assist you. Click here to email us.