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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-07-2015, 10:34 PM Thread Starter
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Planter becoming too adictive

Is there a cure?
I have another planter in progress. Thinkering now how to setup the pum. I guess I could add a dedicated pump or split the output from the canister filter.






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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-08-2015, 12:12 AM
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I run a little fountain pump (like a table-top fountain pump or just a bit larger) through similar planters. I wrap a bit of filter media over the pump so it does not plug up so fast.
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Take a look at the thread in my signature and this one that I got my inspiration from Vanish's 75 Gallon Planted (Round 3) for some ideas on plumbing.... as well as planting ideas, pictures, etc. Etc.
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Take a look at the thread in my signature and this one that I got my inspiration from Vanish's 75 Gallon Planted (Round 3) for some ideas on plumbing.... as well as planting ideas, pictures, etc. Etc.
Indeed, I have seen before the thread that you suggested. And earlier today I was actually looking at the thread you have on you signature.

I could no longer wait, I fed the outflow of my canister filter to the planter. Reduced the flow for now.

Showing the water dripping back in the tanks. I extended the piece of textile, was too noisy.



Canister filter output feeding the planter


The big mess in the tank

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Dont lose heart with the cloudy water it should eventually clear. Im very interested to see how your geo textile fabric works long term, it looks like it could either act like a giant piece of filter floss, or act as a planting medium for lots of additional plants to grow on the spillway or even if you dont plant anything for clippings to drift to and self start like some of the planted hob filter threads
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Dont lose heart with the cloudy water it should eventually clear. Im very interested to see how your geo textile fabric works long term, it looks like it could either act like a giant piece of filter floss, or act as a planting medium for lots of additional plants to grow on the spillway or even if you dont plant anything for clippings to drift to and self start like some of the planted hob filter threads
The water is actually looking better today. Spillway, I like that term. I threw in some moss today. Hopefully it will grow and spread. I am also pretty sure that eventually some snails will climb their way up.

Looking forward to set another one on my 75 gal this time.
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you probably don't need any dirt. I've grown plenty of plants with plain aquarium water. Try using those hydroponics media or lava rock media.
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you probably don't need any dirt. I've grown plenty of plants with plain aquarium water. Try using those hydroponics media or lava rock media.
Yes, that is what it appears to me too. It just seem to me that it was easier to give some foothold to the plants that are a little above the surface, without squishing too much the roots. The bottom is actually fillled with lava rock. So eventually, the dirt will just sink in
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2015-06-13. Quick update. The planter is receiving visitors from the tank. Some snails are working their way up the water fall . This is over 6 inches high waterfall lol.
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Thats actually not that surprising, ive had cherry shrimp show up in my planter as well as my HOB filter on numerous occassions... they eventually find their way out again
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I really like this concept and your simple design. this is quite similar to some aquaponics systems that I've seen elsewhere. Keep us updated on how your prayer plant does. I'll be very curious to see since I have one myself. It's such an awesome looking plant I am determined to have it thrive.

Agree with the poster above about the soil. Using hydroculture media (ex. LECA, Hydroton) will be less messy and could probably even be better for your plants - given that you dose ferts separately.
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Thanks skoram. Indeed there will be more pictures as things grow. The peace lily is taking off. Water in the tank has cleared out. Picture to come.
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you probably don't need any dirt. I've grown plenty of plants with plain aquarium water. Try using those hydroponics media or lava rock media.

I can confirm this! My planted HOB has nothing in it but coarse filter sponge, grows like crazy


Haven't taken a pic for a while, but the dragon's tongue is HUGE, a big ball that sticks way up over that shelf.

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REVAMP - Planted HOB spillway for AquaClear HOBs UPDATED AGAIN! (Cleaning)





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Added a fern and moved HOB

I think tonight conclude (for now) the process if adding new plants. I will let this go for a while and enjoy the growth.

Added a fern in a shower caddy:


Moved the HOB I had on my 15 gal and put it on the 29 gal. Oh, also tucked in a sweep potato in the HOB. Don't know what to expect from this.


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I can confirm this! My planted HOB has nothing in it but coarse filter sponge, grows like crazy


Haven't taken a pic for a while, but the dragon's tongue is HUGE, a big ball that sticks way up over that shelf.
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I should really setup a bottle like you did. My planter really increase evaporation rate. Or maybe it's the plants...
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