DIY Nitrate filter --- Solved????

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Some massive updates on my DIY HOB nitrate filter:

Finally I am able to grow moss again, the moss in my custom build slipway seems to be growing nicely now:

The Lucky Bamboo seems to be doing great as well, the leaves are nice and green and the root system as just starting to sprout:

Cable-tied the Bamboo together and you can see some of the roots in the picture:

Hopefully the moss takes that I placed on the sponge between the plants:
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Quick update, finally got rid of all the plant lice on my plants fish loved them as snack. The terrestrial plants seems to love putting down roots in the filter sponge as they are growing like crazy, as a added bonus the leaves create cover for the moss growing on top of the sponge. The custom built slipway I built using a ice cream tub some wire mesh and moss is also growing like mad, all of my tanks critters also decided to take up residence inside the moss feeding on whatever comes out of the filter.

Had to trim some of the plants so that the moss growing on the sponge can get enough light. Also I started with a small patch and in a month or two it covered the entire sponge:
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Macmain replied the topic: Re: DIY Nitrate filter --- Solved????

thought i would add to this, i know its been some time but good threads need reviving..

how has everyones systems been with the plants growing.. has there been any drawbacks , are you all still using it..
im on my way out to find pothos.. i have a drip system and only slightly elevated nitrates.. but my stock are young (GG, 2 x oscars green terror ..) in a 220gal system

so im thinking that having plants well established / growing with the system will be a benefit..
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I'm also planning to transplant my pothos plant to my hob filter. I'm deciding whether I should fill my filter with hydroton (expanded clay pellets) to support the plant. The hydroton should also make great biomedia. If I don't, I'm not sure what's the best way to secure the plant. I'll look back through this thread and might find the answer.
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i went through the thread last night and people were getting better results with no root substrate,, just roots in the flow of water.. this is what i plan to do.. in my sump.. just been to b and q , and all supermarkets cant find pothos aka devils ivy. aka money plant anywere here in the uk
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ill keep my eye open
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I have an hob filter called elive aquaDuo that is designed to be used as an aquaponics filter. On the box, it recommends 4 different plants that can be used: Pothos (aka devil's ivy, money plant, taro vine), Lucky Bamboo, Arrowhead Plant (aka nephthytis plant), and Peace Lily (aka peace plant, brazilian sword plant). I'm not sure about the lucky bamboo but the other 2 might do well ... I believe they are fast growing.
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Macmain replied the topic: DIY Nitrate filter --- Solved????

B) B)

looks good, i did see some small lucky bamboo. really small.. not sure they would of made much of an impact on my system.. and although i have read and seen people using it, (including this thread) i gather Pothos is the filter media of choice,

although if some one tells me i will do better with a small lucky bamboo or 2 .. rather than a large pothos, on my 220 gal system id give it a go..
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Macmain replied the topic: DIY Nitrate filter --- Solved????

finally found a pothos plant, its around 2ft tall, i have taken some cuttings and placed them in the tank to see how they go incase the plant dosnt take, as i have low nitrates still. although alot of algea on the back wall of my plywood tank
. so a little experiment without killing the main plant
my problem is i have no light under the stairs were my sump is.. so a light fixture will need to be fitted..
any bulb recomendations please?
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UNC-CH replied the topic: DIY Nitrate filter --- Solved????

The jade pothos (dark green leaves) doesn't need as much light as other types. Pretty much any lighting will work ... no need for a high output setup.
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