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  1. Recently I moved one of my filters toward the middle of the tank and quickly became unhappy with the dead spot to the far left. Just to get circulation, I moved my good-for-nothing, five-percent-actually-produces-bubbles flexible bubble wand to that spot. Although it has become my preference to have a few inch-long sections of bubbles, I was still unhappy with it. I wanted to ditch the very long bubble wand, and replace them with a couple of air stones. So, I went to the store for some ideas. I bought these. But what would I do with them? I could do lots of T-valves and strangle my fish in miles of airline tubing (I kept writing airtube lining, whoops ). but not if I couldn't make it first without it strangling myself... so scratch that. No, no, I needed to figure out a way to connect them all to one line. A-ha! You will need two packages of those air stones for this project. First, you have to make an air stone that has two sides to which you can attach airline tubing. Be careful! If you cut too close to the end, the air stone will split when you push in the valve. Attach a valve to both sides of the piece that you just cut. Ta-da! Then, attach the air stones to your lining. Do your normal air stone prepping jig (mine goes like this ), and then attach it to your check valve. Cause I know you all don't connect your air lines directly to your pumps!!! Toss it in the water, make it look good, and then I just had to make sure that the tubing was on really securely. It needed a little fiddling to get it going just right! I hope to add one or two more stones to it, but I'm not sure if air flow will be diminished with extras. I'm not sure how well or how long it'll hold up, either, but for right now I'm pretty happy with it (and who am I kidding, I'm pretty darn happy with myself too! )
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