DIY Nitrate filter --- Solved????

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The plants are not officially floating around in the water, and they are not eating the plants.

The plants are inside an HOB filter, and only the roots and base of the stems are in the water. They consume the nitrates. The fish don't even know they are there.

Quite the opposite actually. My water is healthier than it has ever been, and the fish are happier, and more lively. When one has an injury (from fighting or bumping into the drift wood edges) they heal in no time.

My clown loaches which are some of the most sensitive fish you can have are super happy.

4xOscars
1xBlood Parrot
2xJDs (pair)
5xClown Loaches
1xPleco

265 Gallons (84x24x30)
36" T5 Light for shading, sunlight effects
300 Gallon rated Living Color wet-dry sump
3L of SeaChem Matrix + Bioballss, ceramic rings etc...
1xIvy for nitrate filtering

I am always looking for better ways to...
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PAUL replied the topic: Re: DIY Nitrate filter --- Solved????

jcannonb, i love the way you are doing about this experiment... you can proved
that what i was posting 3 years ago is not a lie LOL... when i was new in the site,
some members told me that i was pulling their legs when i told them i haven't had
water change for 17 months....all i have to do was add water to fill up the water
lost due to evaporation....and that was a tank with plenty of rooting plants like this....

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Capt Dave replied the topic: Re: DIY Nitrate filter --- Solved????

okay much research later it seems that this plant is not toxic to fish, even ones that eat the leaves so we good there;)
check out aquaria central forums "modified aquaclear 110 nitrate filter" it is exactly this but this guy has a whole system about cutting sponges in half and some other stuff that complicates this simple idea but he also reports great success with this plant. I put 2 cuttings in both my HOB 110s yesterday. Thanks jcannonb for posting this thread:)
Gazza.. yae sorry bout that:P if you anything like me you research the hell outta something till you find an answer you happy with. Ive been dreamin about pothos ivy for a week now!!!!

I have no idea why the water bill is so high
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Capt Dave replied the topic: Re: DIY Nitrate filter --- Solved????

here it is lol

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

any updates on this?
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Capt Dave replied the topic: Re: DIY Nitrate filter --- Solved????

I have these plnts in all of my HOB filters with minimal impact on nitrates. It does lower them about 5 ppm per week. I was hoping for a bigger reduction but the plants are still small. Maybe when they get bigger....Every little bit helps ya know?

I have no idea why the water bill is so high
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muffywrx replied the topic: Re: DIY Nitrate filter --- Solved????

Any updates using orchids??? Man, I could really use a place for some of my orchids that are outgrowing their pots... And not blooming! I thought orchids didn't like a lot of water. Watering instructions are usually soak and then don't water again until dry... ??

Any thoughts?

And can i just plop the plant into my existing HOB near the filter intake? Or will it affect my bacteria?
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Capt Dave replied the topic: Re: DIY Nitrate filter --- Solved????

Yea i just put it in my HOB. I believe you can use orchids but if i remember correctly they need a lot of light. (not sure about their light requirements tho). The pothos ivy is a low light plant and does good in my basement with a small lamp on.

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

thanks for the update! i work at lowes and am going to pick up some pothos tomorrow at work
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Capt Dave replied the topic: Re: DIY Nitrate filter --- Solved????

LOL thats where i got mine. I was just there today getting some plumbing stuff to make my water changes go a little quicker hehe you dont work at the one in bethpage ny do ya?? :P

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