aeration - semi-newbie ???
I have not had hardly any luck with airstones - they seem to become clogged after a few months though I do not understand why. The pump runs 24/7/365 and only air is passing through. Yet three times I have nearly lost good plants because the water wasn't aerating.
Would a solution, besides buy better stones, perhaps be to drill small holes in the vinyl tubing and let the air pass through them? Or would a different solution - place a T in the line and let one end uncapped, be viable?
I'm going to have about 50 buckets by the time I'm completely up and running, and this is a hobby as much as anything, so I would rather not spend dozens and dozens of dollars on diffusers if I don't need to.