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Old 01-23-2015, 06:05 PM   #1
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Attempt at nitrate reducing pothos filter

I have had a nitrate problem in my tank lately and went online and found out about pothos plants in a bob filter. It said that it can remove 5-10ppm of nitrate in a week, so I decided to give it a try.

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This is how it looks with the plants sticking out. If it works I will post how I did it. It only cost me 8 dollars because I already had the filter.Click image for larger version

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Old 01-23-2015, 09:37 PM   #2
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Algae scrubber? More plants? Less fish?

I like the filanter :p
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Old 01-23-2015, 09:42 PM   #3
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I've been wanting to add pothos to my tank for quite some time now. Not for nitrate removal, but just for looks. It looks quite neat hanging over the side of a tank and my 48" t5ho fixture is too long for my 36" tank so I figured.. Might as well put it to use
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Old 01-24-2015, 08:50 AM   #4
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That is another reason I did it to. I am hoping when it grows it will cover up the hob filter too.
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Old 01-24-2015, 12:29 PM   #5
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Water changes will help
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Old 01-24-2015, 01:23 PM   #6
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I do them every week or very other week. I was just looking for a cool way to reduce them.
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Old 01-26-2015, 07:50 PM   #7
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3 days: I would say it is working so far.
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Interesting, to say the least. My question would be, "Where are the nitrates coming from?" Has this tank been cycled?
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Old 02-06-2015, 08:47 PM   #10
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Attempt at nitrate reducing pothos filter

Yes the tank has been cycled the nitrate has nothing to do with a tank not being cycled. It is actually a sign of a cycled tank because the bacteria that eats ammonia turns it into nitrite then nitrate then you have to do water changes or something like this to remove the nitrate in most cases because the nitrate eating bacteria that turns the nitrate into nitrogen gas is anaerobic and there is oxygen in the water so there are not many places in the tank where the anaerobic bacteria can live.
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