DIY Nitrate filter --- Solved????

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

Another week, another test.

I didn't do a water change Sunday like I normally do. I wanted to see what my numbers would be at the end of the week. It is Friday night, 1.5 days before my scheduled water change, and I still have nitrates < 20.

They are not much under 20, but they are under 20.

Just thought I would share.

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

so it does have effect, May be you should try more of this plant, may be can greatly reduce the nitrate building up
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jcannonb replied the topic: Re: DIY Nitrate filter --- Solved????

I may go buy another 2 or 3 small offshoot tomorrow. Yes, I just think I might :-)

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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

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

keep the updates coming Hun! This is good info! :)
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Gazza replied the topic: Re: DIY Nitrate filter --- Solved????

Hmmm every HOB I've looked at wont fit my tank so a change of plan :woohoo:

I thought if I get a hanging basket and instead of putting a regular pot in.
why not put a reasonable sized bowl filled with filter wool and plant a creeper,ivy type plant in ;) (anchored if needed)

Then use a small submersible pump to pump tank water into the bowl then through the filter wool and returning to the tank via a bulkhead fitting near the bottom of the bowl :silly:

your thoughts appreciated waste of time or worth a shot ???

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

Its been about 4-5 weeks now since i put my plants in, had no hobs so used something like gazza mentioned, just an old tubber ware box with half the top cut away fitted with wool and water being pumped into it, plants had 7 leaves on them when i put them in, there's about 29 leaves on them now nice and big and i have removed at least 4 leaves that looked a bit rough when i first put them in, I have no substrate in the tank and i'm possibly slightly over stocked so i hoover the floor every other day, but have not done a water change for the last 3 weeks, Nitrates have not yet been above 10-20, and i check water every other day or whenever im bored, so at the moment its working well the only down side i see is i miss doing my water changes and generally messing on with my tank :(
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jcannonb replied the topic: Re: DIY Nitrate filter --- Solved????

Gazza,

Yes, anything that will make the water flow through the plant('s roots) will work.

Mine is up and running strong. Have not done a water change in 2 weeks, and I am still under 20.

I may do one this weekend for giggles.

4xOscars
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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

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

see this is interesting.. terrestrial plants prefet nitrates and aquatic plants prefer ammonia. this may be the answer to my live plant thing. interesting thread...

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????

okay i have been researching the hell outta this to try and find a plant that will consume nitrates rather than ammonia. It appears that terrestrial plants prefer nitrates rather than ammonia so this experiment is of interest to me. If that is devils ivy or certain other types i am not sure if it has toxicity to fish or not. It is toxic to cats and dogs and other small animals. Do you notice your fish have any stress symptoms since putting in the plant??

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

Capt Dave wrote: okay i have been researching the hell outta this to try and find a plant that will consume nitrates rather than ammonia. It appears that terrestrial plants prefer nitrates rather than ammonia so this experiment is of interest to me. If that is devils ivy or certain other types i am not sure if it has toxicity to fish or not. It is toxic to cats and dogs and other small animals. Do you notice your fish have any stress symptoms since putting in the plant??


I'm guessing that the plants need to be consumed by the animals to be toxic :blink:
and given the plants are not actually in the tank I can't see how they could affect fish ???

Hey I could be wrong :pinch:

My rational on the whole thing is water containing nitrates from your tank is pumped into a container/ filter, housing the plant the plant consumes the nitrates via the root system and the remaining water minus the nitrates is returned to the tank ;)
as a after thought I've never heard of a plant that release's any thing from it's root system :blink:

BTW Dave your a shithead lol just jokin :P now I'll have to research plants :woohoo: maybe HAPPY Plants = Happy Fish and happy fish owners lol :P :P

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