Effects of live plants on water chemistry.

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DRACO replied the topic: Re:Effects of live plants on water chemistry.

when i joined this forum in 2008, one moderator could not agree nor believe that i can kept my tank for more than a year of no water change... i just scrub the inner wall of the tank and topped the water to replenish lost water due to evaporation... i am still doing that as of today but don't wan to confuse hobbyist that is why i do not recommend that. if you are not doing it right, you will lose your fish

most of my other tanks are either with pothos or arrowhead using 16 liter pail DIY overhead filter
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Bri B replied the topic: Re:Effects of live plants on water chemistry.

Well its quite an achievement and you should be proud. I'm about to put a baby pothos in a hob filter for the first time so I'll be sure to ask you for any questions I have.
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noodle replied the topic: Re:Effects of live plants on water chemistry.

DRACO wrote: well, i do not claim i know something about the effect of plants in a tank but we are doing this perfectly with our tilapia and vegetables... AQUAPONICS! whereas we harvest our salads and grills our tilapia...


Nice! What are you using as the fish tanks? Do you test the aquaponics water often, if so what are the water parameters like?

Here in Australia tilapia are illegal unfortunately so we have to use other fish. We use the 1000 liter (264 gallon) IBC as the fish tank, I know someone who uses several small 2000 liter pools. He was even supplying trout and vegetables to local restaurants for a few years there.

Most people go with trout over winter and silver perch over summer. The trout usually reach plate size over winter, the perch take a year and a half or more to reach plate size which I think is too long. I wish I was allowed to have tilapia here but I doubt that will change in my lifetime.
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DRACO replied the topic: Re:Effects of live plants on water chemistry.

after trial and error, we had perfected water parameters. Nitrate never go beyond 10ppm, no nitrite and no ammonia except during power failure... but we did something to check that power issue... we installed solar energy to support the pumps whenever there is power failure...

yes we are also using ibc as tank... the other side of those discarded bathtub are ibc.... and we also try ornamental fish like ranchu... however, ranchu is not producing much nitrate, thus we stop using them... and we have an advantage over you there... we are in the tropic...

part of our trial and error (experimentation)

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Poseidon2.0 replied the topic: Effects of live plants on water chemistry.

Great setup Draco.
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gorgoroth replied the topic: Effects of live plants on water chemistry.

you might find it if you ask for it's latin name: epipremnum aureum, I had to go to 3 garden centers before i found one that could order it.

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