DIY Nitrate filter --- Solved????

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Kaiser replied the topic: Re: DIY Nitrate filter --- Solved????

Based from your earlier post, you started this roughly around 3 months so I guess that's how long it takes for the roots to grow massive? But how long does it take for a difference in nitrates to be noticeable? I know I can't expect it to take effect overnight but I'm just wondering if I will notice any difference in a week or so. I didn't include any roots to the plants I used, just cuttings. It's just sitting on top of my ceramic rings inside both my Penguin 350.

Here is how it looks now:

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Did I do that right? :blush:
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cebosound replied the topic: Re: DIY Nitrate filter --- Solved????

looks good so far. :)

I believe people have reporting noticing a reduction in nitrates with in a week.

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Kaiser replied the topic: Re: DIY Nitrate filter --- Solved????

Great, thanks! :)
I'm crossing my fingers and hopes this works.
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PiCkLeFiSh replied the topic: Re: DIY Nitrate filter --- Solved????

My pothos plant that I had floating around in the tank took about 2 1/2 weeks to start to even show signs of roots starting. It has only taken a week since then for roots to grow about 3-4 inches with smaller shoots starting to emerge off them.

I think the plant may have to get used to pulling nutrients from water rather than soil. Could be wrong though.
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scfalconry replied the topic: Re: DIY Nitrate filter --- Solved????

2&1/2 months into the submerged Pothos..... I've done no water changes in that time! Things still looking good in the Oscar tank and the Community tank. Nitrates are consistently 5ppm+/- Have had a few pothos leaves dies from time to time... but new leaves unfurling at same rate or a tad faster.

Sorry haven't been around much lately... I have a new job! Also keeping busy with son's scout troop. Plan to drop in again to give another report soon.

Someone a few post back mentioned totally submerged Pothos... will eventually die off after 6 months. 6 months equal 26 weeks. If I can make it 26 weeks with NO WEEKLY PARTIAL WATER CHANGES... I'd would gladly buy 2 pothos plants a year at $10 each. :cheer:

In my community tank the plants float and the roots are EVERYWHERE... this is unsightly to some peoples taste. I kind of dig it.... reminds me of snorkeling in local lakes. The baby guppies definitely like the roots (to hide in)

In my oscar a tank the pothos roots are behind/under a large fake peice of driftwood.... which has a bubble wand in the root mass to pull water flow through the roots. Roots are for the most part not noticeable when viewing the tank.

I haven't tried covering roots with gravel yet.... maybe in a few more months when these plants die... I'll plant the new ones in the gravel (with UGF)

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Brandon replied the topic: Re: DIY Nitrate filter --- Solved????

I posted that. I completely agree too. The cost effect is way better to just submerge them. But personally I like the HOB style. Just my preference. I have a ton and have some pothos right now in my 29 gal HOB. so Its just my thing. I feel I have more control with it that way. Good to hear everyone is doing good with this!
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Capt Dave replied the topic: Re: DIY Nitrate filter --- Solved????

I have had the pothos in a HOB filter for some time now. Just today I took them out and attached the cutting to the side of the glass with a suction cup. I researched that it will do a better job of pulling nitrates out of the water when there is not a huge flow. I'll report any difference in nitrates by weeks end

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cebosound replied the topic: Re: DIY Nitrate filter --- Solved????

Capt Dave wrote: I have had the pothos in a HOB filter for some time now. Just today I took them out and attached the cutting to the side of the glass with a suction cup. I researched that it will do a better job of pulling nitrates out of the water when there is not a huge flow. I'll report any difference in nitrates by weeks end

interesting thought. i look forward to results.

much of what i read noted that the roots should be in a high flow area.

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Gazza replied the topic: Re: DIY Nitrate filter --- Solved????

I have another plan :pinch: divert my 3 1" outlets to a 1000 lt rainwater tank with a return pump to the sump and have plants growing in the 1000lt tank :woohoo: and outside :P and the plus side if a power outage no floods inside :woohoo: :woohoo:

given time the plants should nearly cover all of the tank B)

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Matt replied the topic: Re: DIY Nitrate filter --- Solved????

I may give this a try too since I'm having nitrate problems, can this be done without a HOB filter?

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