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Questions Has anyone tried adding an air pump to a living soil container grow?

Jammie
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Hey all, that time of the year for my indoor grow. For the last 10 years I’ve been doing 5 gallon bucket hydro but for the last several years I’ve been battling root rot even though my temps are below 75.  This year I’m doing a living soil using pro mix, lobster compost and some worm casings and some holly tone organic fertilizer in the 5 gallon buckets.  I did drill holes in the bottom. 
so I have these air pumps left over and thought I’d run a line into each bucket to supplement o2.  Has anyone tried this or have any thoughts on this?

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Topic starter Posted : September 20, 2021 5:01 pm
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I’d guess it wouldn’t help but that’s just a guess so maybe it’s worth a double blind experiment. How about running half with air and half without and see what happens. If things start looking bad just shut off the airflow.

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Posted : September 20, 2021 5:22 pm
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@jammie, It hasn't been needed yet in any type of soil grow, imo. I'm in hydro and one thing is roots don't like CO2. Air contains CO2 so the more O2 you give them the more CO2 you also give them. I'd leave the air pump to the hydro folks that still use them. Their not needed in dwc if you can agate the surface enough. That just my opinion, I've been wrong before. 🤣  Good luck, let see what happen. What about air temp from the pumps?

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Posted : September 20, 2021 5:24 pm
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Jammie
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Hey there monkeydo and woodi. As of now I’m using the air pumps only the day I water.  My room temperature is 73ish and the water temp is low to mid 60’s so I don’t think soil temperature to be an issue. I think the idea of having a control group to compare is a good idea

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Topic starter Posted : September 20, 2021 5:43 pm
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Posted : September 21, 2021 5:06 am
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Sure a side by side would be cool @Jammie. See what happens. :d    

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Posted : September 21, 2021 6:22 pm
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Sure a side by side would be cool @Jammie. See what happens. Grin    

6 of the plants are clones so I’ll unhook the o2 tubing from several and use them as controls.

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Topic starter Posted : September 21, 2021 6:44 pm
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@jammie Cool. You can start a diary and we can see the end results. Looking forward to seeing your work. Good luck man. Thumbs Up  

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Posted : September 21, 2021 6:56 pm
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