Using an air pump can benefit plants in many ways. Most importantly, air pumps help to create more dissolved oxygen in the water reservoir.
By doing so, oxygen allows plants to have the energy to absorb the water and nutrients it needs to stay alive. Not only does the absence of oxygen stunt the plant's growth, but also an inadequate amount of oxygen can lead to algae and disease growth in the reservoir.
The Importance of Oxygen in a Hydroponics System
Due to the nature of growing hydroponically, the amount of oxygen is limited compared to using soil. As mentioned earlier, dissolved oxygen is crucial to plant life. Therefore, supplying plants with an adequate amount of oxygen will help plants absorb the nutrients they need.
To avoid the limitation of oxygen in your hydroponics system, pair an air pump with an air stone. Doing this will ensure that the nutrient reservoir has oxygen to provide the plants, as well as circulating the nutrient solution.
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