DIY Nitrate filter --- Solved????

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Rolling through Aquaria central today, I came across this:

www.aquariacentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=235152


This guy has used HOB filters with two common household plants to filter nitrates out of his 210 gallon tank. I may finally have my answer for my wanting to use plants to get purify nitrates.

Apparently, this plant eats nitrates at a very fast rate. and in 30 days the plants he started with grew 5-6 feet each, and they just eat and eat and eat.

This is a plant which I already own. My great-grandma gave me a cut of her plant when I was young. The plant must be close to 100 years old now.

Maybe I can finally get it to grow faster :-)

Thought I would pass this along.

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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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Nicki--Sue replied the topic: Re: DIY Nitrate filter --- Solved????

Wow... Thanks Hun! I have a TON of those plants and a SH*T load of unused HOB's... This would also stop the Oscars from ripping out the plants! :)... I am going to give it a shot!
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jcannonb replied the topic: Re: DIY Nitrate filter --- Solved????

I am going to put the ivy I have in the new sump in the new tank. Ivy's don't like a lot of light anyway, and when it does grow 5-6 feet, The leaves can give it what little light they do actually want.

I have an unused HOB I will use as a last resort.

After doing more research, I saw you can also raise orchids through hydro-culture, and I may stick some orchids in an HOB to add some wonderful color to the top of the tank.

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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very interested article and idea. thanks for sharing. :)

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Nicki--Sue replied the topic: Re: DIY Nitrate filter --- Solved????

jcannonb wrote:

After doing more research, I saw you can also raise orchids through hydro-culture, and I may stick some orchids in an HOB to add some wonderful color to the top of the tank.



OMG Orchids would be BEAUTIFUL!!! I think I wanna go that route...
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So I could essentially just plop in some house plants like these 'pothos' into my HOB as long as I have some sort of plastic frame for the roots to anchor onto?

This is very interesting
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jcannonb replied the topic: Re: DIY Nitrate filter --- Solved????

Yeppers Johnny...

Apparently that is the case. They eat the nitrates right up!

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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aus-car replied the topic: Re: DIY Nitrate filter --- Solved????

Are we talking Oscar Nitrates or Neon Tetra Nitrates? has he given any results other than "it just pulls the Nitrates from the water" It would be interesting to know how much of an effect it has on the water, sounds like a good idea in theory.
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PAUL replied the topic: Re: DIY Nitrate filter --- Solved????

this has been proven effective and useful...but for some reason. hobbyist
find it tiring and messy... i had been using plants before and planning
to use itin bigger scale when my aquaponics project push through.


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jcannonb wrote:

Yeppers Johnny...

Apparently that is the case. They eat the nitrates right up!


Well, I would have to use the low light plants...the fishtank isn't in a high light area and I wouldn't want to have to rig up another light above the tank.
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