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Old 03-18-2015, 05:25 PM   #1
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Do live plants need a filter?

I'm doing a science project and I'm using hornwort for the experiment. I have read that hornwort does not need heated water but does it need a filter?
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Old 03-18-2015, 05:32 PM   #2
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No way! Plants filter themselves, and hornwort is one of those plants that is a nitrate sponge. You can't kill a plant due to water quality, and if you have enough hornwort and stuff, you could even throw a couple shrimp in there...

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Old 03-18-2015, 05:34 PM   #3
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If you could have a sustainable amount of nutrients without fish then yes you do not need one. Plants feed off the ammonia from fish and like Nils said Hortwort is a nitrate sponge. It's a very easy plant to grow.


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Old 03-18-2015, 05:37 PM   #4
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I'm testing how well the plants will grow in different conditions and stuff so I will need to put fish food or something in the water to make ammonia? This will only be a temporary setup. Afterwards I'll add them to my tank
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I grow several plants in a buckets outside my window. They're all things I find locally so I can see how they grow and convert them to submersed growth. They grow fine. Actually got a local pond snail infestation now.
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I grow several plants in a buckets outside my window. They're all things I find locally so I can see how they grow and convert them to submersed growth. They grow fine. Actually got a local pond snail infestation now.
Wish I had a snail infestation. Would help feed my avocado puffers.
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Not hard to get one, grab a couple snails from your LFS for free and raise em in a jar.

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Yeah I got mine by accident in an egg sac on some parrots feather I collected. Survived a bleach soak and everything.
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I read that all plants need Co2, which is carbon dioxide right? How do I put that in the water (I know, this sounds like an idiotic question)?
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There are no stupid questions!

There is natural co2 diffusion in the water. Unless your plants need extra supplement (some medium and the high light plants) then your plants will be fine with just fertilizers.


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