DIY Nitrate filter --- Solved????

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Macmain replied the topic: DIY Nitrate filter --- Solved????

Thankyou , how is this bulb its a spiral energy saver..

is the lumens rating ok do you think??

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That should work well.
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ok ive had the plant its self sat in my sump.. (biomedia section) and wow.. had it there for 4 days tops.. with light off from going to work to getting back (manual at the min) i turn the light on say 4.30pm and turn off at 5.30am.. its total darkness were my sump is..
there is really fast new growth a new leaf has unraveled its self and there are 2 others sprouting...

my nitrates have definatly droped it looks more yellow than ever.. ive not given my usual one day feeding break either..

is this possible.. or is it in my head.. i really think this is making a difference so soon..
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UNC-CH replied the topic: DIY Nitrate filter --- Solved????

Did you take clippings from the pothos just below where they have the "air-roots" and place them in the water or did you just take the entire plant out of the potting soil, rinse the roots, and place it in the water?

Also, if you did the latter, did you cut the roots or leave them? I remember reading something about underground roots not working in water ... about plants growing specialized water roots.

The problem I'm going to work on later this afternoon is supporting the plants. I'll post some pics of my test setup on a 10 gallon tank and you'll see my problem. I was planning on cutting some 1/4" plexiglass strips and securing them 12" above the top of the tank to hold up the plants with string. How are your plants supported?

Do you have any pictures to post?

I'll post my pics momentarily.
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I've started this pothos, water lilly, and 2 other plants Poseiden tells me are called "moonshine snake tongue" growing on top of a 10 gallon tank with one goldfish that I had treated with general cure and levamizole just to be safe. I drilled 1 1/4" holes in the plexiglass top where the plant roots could fit through but keep the leaves would not. The problem I should have foreseen is that most of the plants fall into the holes all the way to the top leaf or leaves, and with the stalks submerged and under the tank's top, no new leaves can grow. I'm going to make a structure 12" above the tank and tie each plant to it.

So far, the water lilly has grown the fastest (pic 5). The moonshine snake tongue has also done fine so far with new leaves growing (pic 4).





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Macmain replied the topic: DIY Nitrate filter --- Solved????

wow. looks very impressive..
ive added a few pictures, yes its the whole plant, (lazy approach) :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
now i never knew there could be an issue with the roots, from soil to water..

TBH ive taken a few cuttings as well, and they seem to be rooting lovelly.
the plant is supported on a moss pole seems pretty stable.. after i washed all the soil / compost away..

the acrylic holder looks the busniess.. ill be looking at that idea.. ill be wanting to propogate lots of cuttings so a small pump into a container. just for propagation with your idea to keep the leaves out of the water ;)

Just to add, i do think a light schedual from different from the display tank could be the Key, the same as a marine refuguium setup id say
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no idea why photo bucket are placing this image like this... my photo is supurb
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Did I understand you correctly ... you'd like to use a pump to send water to a different container for the plants? Like a DIY hob filter only for plants? Because that's what I'm planning on doing. I was going to have an acrylic tank built, 17" x 9" x 11" with 3 holes drilled, one for the input and two output drains. It would sit beside my 75 gallon on a stand and drain back into the tank like an hob filter. I'd use a powerhead pump placed inside the pothos filter to pull water into the container. I'm not sure about the GPH for the powerhead pump though. I'm not sure if it should be as strong as would normally be the case for a 7 gallon filter since it will only have plants in it. Here's a video of a diy hob filter that essentially works the same way as what I'm building except for the size and flowrate.

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