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Old 10-21-2012, 06:27 PM   #1371
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Emersed another Aglaonema land plant in one of my tanks. Have a dozen large plants in that tank. Water very clear, no visible algae. Ammonia and nitrites must be at "0" and nitrates low. Noticed a dozen or so new, "Livebearer" fry in the tank. Corydoras in the tank are very active in the low light, so water must be extremely clean.

Tank running 6 mos. with water changes at 2 gallons weekly just to service two mid sized HOBs. Filtration at 400 gallons per hour (gph) in a 45 G tall. Good aquatic plant growth in spite of the high oxygen environment required for the emersed plants.

Interesting how floating certain land plants in the tank will keep the water chemistry totally stable with very little new water added.

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So all u do is float the palnt in the water? Do you float just the roots or what? Would love some more insight into this
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Old 10-21-2012, 08:20 PM   #1372
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Went to Leslies Pool and bought a bag of PFS. Changed substrate on my two 10 gallon grow-out tanks during PWC today. I rinsed it outside before adding, then waited about 3 hours before restarting my filters. Covered the filter intake with nylon stocking just to be safe. Water isn't that cloudy at all. What a difference - I should have done this sooner.
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Old 10-21-2012, 08:48 PM   #1373
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Hello aaron...

I just remove the plant from the pot and rinse all the potting soil from the roots. The roots must be cleaned off to be exposed to the tank water. The roots are aerated with aquarium tubing attached to an air pump. The pump moves the water through the plant roots and the roots take in the dissolved ammonia, nitrites and nitrates from the fish waste, and faster than the good bacteria.

I use the HOBs for the period at night, when the land plants slow their filtering work. Then the good bacteria takes over when the tank and room lights go out.

The land plants only require ambient (room) light and a food source, the fish waste. The roots stay under the water, with the leaves above to take in light and CO2 from the air in the room.

A simple coop between fish and plants and I have a tank with a balanced water chemistry and very minimal water changes.

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Old 10-21-2012, 10:05 PM   #1374
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Today was pretty boring in my tank.... Just waiting and watching my corydora. Hopefully he will get some new roommates this week.....
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Old 10-21-2012, 11:54 PM   #1375
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Hello aaron...

I just remove the plant from the pot and rinse all the potting soil from the roots. The roots must be cleaned off to be exposed to the tank water. The roots are aerated with aquarium tubing attached to an air pump. The pump moves the water through the plant roots and the roots take in the dissolved ammonia, nitrites and nitrates from the fish waste, and faster than the good bacteria.

I use the HOBs for the period at night, when the land plants slow their filtering work. Then the good bacteria takes over when the tank and room lights go out.

The land plants only require ambient (room) light and a food source, the fish waste. The roots stay under the water, with the leaves above to take in light and CO2 from the air in the room.

A simple coop between fish and plants and I have a tank with a balanced water chemistry and very minimal water changes.

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So I have to have an airstone underneath the roots? And can it be any land plant?
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Old 10-22-2012, 12:03 AM   #1376
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ordered 3 pounds of activated charcoal and fed my fish.

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Old 10-22-2012, 09:42 PM   #1377
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My water changes on both tanks were a few days behind, I feel so guilty. But this thing called a job wants more hours. As much as I don't care much for this job thing, without it, I can't support my addiction
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I bought the wrong kind of plants. Pet Smart had peacock fern in their fish section. Put them in the tank anyway, and the silver dollars are happily eating them.
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I bought the wrong kind of plants. Pet Smart had peacock fern in their fish section. Put them in the tank anyway, and the silver dollars are happily eating them.
Gotta have a good diet lol. Sorry bout your plants.
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Did another 30% water change and fitted a TMC Flexiblue for night time viewing!
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