DIY Nitrate filter --- Solved????

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but in my case, this kind of plants consume more nitrite/nitrate than any other plants

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

awesome what kinds of plants are those?

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the first one is a lemon grass.. edible and smell good....
the second one, i don't know but my oscar loves to chomps
the new roots that it produces....
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jcannonb replied the topic: Re: DIY Nitrate filter --- Solved????

Every test, every journey begins with step 1, experiment 1.

Here is mine :-)

If it works, great, if not. No harm no foul. I know this one plant won't make a difference, but as it grows, and I get more offshoots, and all the off shoots get larger, it will eventually make a difference.

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

This is a very attractive prospect for me as I use an empeoror hob with my canister. Thing is, I removed the biowheels a while ago and installed sponge in the wheel slots... thus I can I can still maintain some mechanical filtration in there as well as nitrate reduction. (I'll still obviously keep my ceramic rings in the second slots as well). Seems like a nice combo.

As for the mesh used to let the roots anchor to...what exactly are people using and where did you purchase it? Is this readily available at your normal 'household wares/hardware stores?


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I know this one plant won't make a difference, but as it grows, and I get more offshoots, and all the off shoots get larger, it will eventually make a difference.


I don't know...the way those plants seem to grow and flourish rapidly, I would assume it will be able to make a significant difference in a fairly short period of time.
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jcannonb replied the topic: Re: DIY Nitrate filter --- Solved????

Johnny,

The reservoir in the HOB filter is deep enough that I didn't need to anchor the plant I used down. It is simply sitting in there. Eventually, it will need some sort of "help" at which time I plan on using some type of clay ball or the ceramic rings themselves, which will simply act as rocks

This particular ivy grows well without needing soil or anything to anchor it down. Whenever my family used to grow offshoots of this plant, we would simply stick it in a glass of water, and wait for the roots to start. Eventually we would plant it. That is what I did yesterday, I cut about a 14-16" piece of plant off and stuck it down there.

The very end leaf in 24 hours showed significant difference already. I will post pictures later between yesterday and today. Yesterday the end leaf was still growing and still curled up. Today, it is uncurling, and ready to show itself.

That lead had been in the same position for weeks attached in the soil.

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

I see...so Im thinking I will just use some of my extra ceramic rings as anchors.

Are you going to use floss to tie up the stems?
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looking good b cannon. i really like the idea, since I already use HOBs on my tanks. I will follow your experament for a while before I give it a try.

nice job so far. :cheer:

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

I have a few weeks to decide I think... :-)

When the new tank is setup the HOB (or just the plants alone) is(/are) going down in the sump. That wall is blank, I like the way they did with with some sort of thread and maybe nails or hooks. Will probably use something I can remove easily when I move out of the apartment.

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

I did a test this morning. I know it won't effect numbers yet, but my water change was done on Sunday morning (as it is every week.) My nitrates this morning were 10.I need some more plants :-P :-P

Worst case scenario, my apartment is going to have a lot of new oxygen :-P

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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