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Post  bronzefighter on 2014-02-14, 15:59

Anyone have any plants growing out of their Hang on backs? I figured I'd give this a try with my new tank:

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The AC on the left has some Lucky Bamboo and Riccia, while the one on the right has the Schefflera and a bromeliad in the pot, with some unknown ivy and a spider plant in the filter itself.

If you have one show it off!


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Post  MorganEA on 2014-02-14, 16:05

Take a picture of the ivy I can probably ID it
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Post  bronzefighter on 2014-02-14, 16:30

MorganEA wrote:Take a picture of the ivy I can probably ID it

As soon as I get home I will. It was in the clearence section for $3, labelled as "assorted foliage." Real specific there!
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Post  MRTom on 2014-02-14, 16:30

I got some bamboo stuck on my AC130... which I'm embarrassed about so I won't show it here yet Smile Do you have them jammed in with the media? Or are the plants on there by themselves?
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Post  bronzefighter on 2014-02-14, 16:33

MRTom wrote:I got some bamboo stuck on my AC130... which I'm embarrassed about so I won't show it here yet :)Do you have them jammed in with the media? Or are the plants on there by themselves?

The AC on the left has a full basket of media, with the Dracaena wedged down into it. The AC on the right is completely empty at the moment.
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Post  pbmax on 2014-02-14, 17:21

I've read about many folks growing pathos or mangroves out of freshwater hang-on refugiums, but I've never tried it. Mangroves especially are a giant win for water quality.
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Post  fishNAbowl on 2014-02-14, 19:53

I did for a while, pathos. Had some awesome roots & planted it in dirt just this week. I root many of my house plants in my aquariums Smile
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Post  jrmakawoody on 2014-02-14, 20:09

Is this kind of an aquaponics thing youve got going on there?
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Post  bronzefighter on 2014-02-14, 20:41

jrmakawoody wrote:Is this kind of an aquaponics thing youve got going on there?

you know what, I guess thats what it is  cheers 

aside from the schefflera and the brom, all the other plants are sitting directly in the water.
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Post  jrmakawoody on 2014-02-14, 21:20

I bet you could get some excellent water quality if you researched which plants feed heavily on nitrates/nitrites. From what I have read, tomatoes feed heavily off of nitrates...THATS something i would like to see planted in a HOB lol!
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Post  bronzefighter on 2014-02-14, 22:34

jrmakawoody wrote:I bet you could get some excellent water quality if you researched which plants feed heavily on nitrates/nitrites. From what I have read, tomatoes feed heavily off of nitrates...THATS something i would like to see planted in a HOB lol!

i came across another forum where someone had done that, the tomato plant spilled out the back of the hob, down to the floor, and up the ceiling. the thing was MASSIVE.
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Post  hyp3rcrav3 on 2014-02-14, 23:21

There are HOB refugium things used to sperate fry that would work for this. I'm thinking about getting some to hang one the back of cichlid tanks with some nitrogen sucker like elodea.

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Post  bronzefighter on 2014-02-15, 12:12

MorganEA wrote:Take a picture of the ivy I can probably ID it

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Post  MorganEA on 2014-02-15, 12:15

It looks like Hedera helix or English ivy
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Post  hyp3rcrav3 on 2014-02-16, 14:53

Have you heard of Ivy Deserts? Ivy will kill trees.

I kill Hedera helix everywhere I see it (unless I go to England where it belongs).

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Post  hyp3rcrav3 on 2014-02-16, 14:57

Epipremnum aureum AKA Pothos is a good tank plant but don't clog your filters with roots. There is a huge pothos growing out of a tank at the Co-op.

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Post  CrazedAce on 2014-02-17, 22:26

I have riccia growing in my 55gal hob. It found its way through the filter and has been growing like crazy. Once a nice mat forms I remove it and try to plant it in random places, though none of my fish like to leave it there.
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Post  hyp3rcrav3 on 2014-02-18, 00:23

Riccia floats naturally and hugs the shoreline.

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Post  CrazedAce on 2014-02-18, 01:14

That's probably why its hard for me to get it to grow. I've even wrapped loofa material around a rock with riccia and it grew for about a month before it all left the rock. I may need to start wrapping styrofoam or something that floats. It still adds a good amount of filtration though! Very Happy

I'd like to do tomatoes, that would be fun. But that root system! You'd have to have it wrapped in something or it would just mangle the filter. O.o
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Post  LuminousAphid on 2014-03-03, 12:58

yes, tomaqto roots will take over the filter and probably start growing out the input/output tube into the tank. they would be great at cleaning your water though. that is not a bad idea for an outside tank this summer... last summer a did a partial hydro setup with mostly inert substrate and a bucket below with nutrient-rich water, so sort of the same idea as growing in a filter, and by september the roots were filling not only the pot the plant was in, but almost the entire 5 gallon bucket below which held the nutrients. some of the root clumps were a good 4' long.
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