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08-03-2016 03:58 AM
Superapearmy Still waiting on getting my pitcher plant in my HOB, but going to buy it at at our next sale, it's $40 for the pitcher plant setup. A lot of you guys have mentioned that carnivorous plants need to be devoid of nutrients, but currently I have a pitcher plant floating pot in our koi pond at work, along with water, lettuce, hyacinth, and lilies along with bog plants. This pot has been there for over a month and has been thriving more than the others for sale in pots of water. Granted there are tons of other plants and also only a handful of koi, but there are thousands of golf ball sized pond snails, so nutrients have to be present. I have also been seeing people on other forums discuss keeping them in their koi ponds, if this works, why would it not apply to an aquarium?
06-22-2016 03:21 AM
Acro
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Originally Posted by AquaAurora View Post
I don't know that I can post links to other forums, but google "Emersed aquatic plants with carnivorous plant" there is a thread on another forum with a nice tank with only a little water, and a very lovely layout. However most plants are above water.
The one on AquaticPlantCentral? It's beautiful. I don't think they had any animals in there, and none of the plants are growing in a filter. Carnivorous plants can certainly be grown in a plant only terrarium or aquarium.



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06-22-2016 02:19 AM
AquaAurora
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Originally Posted by Acro View Post
The huge majority of carnivorous plants (and all pitcher plants that I know of) need to be in a habitat that is devoid of nutrients (that is why they became carnivorous plants in the first place, to capture insects that will supply nutrients). In the aquarium, any fertilizers and fish or shrimp waste will make growing carnivorous plants difficult at best, at worst they will likely die. Also, many cannot tolerate minerals in the water, thus one would have to choose substrate very carefully and use rainwater, distilled water or reverse osmosis water.
There are a few species kept, that grow in the aquarium, however these are mainly bladderworts that float or grow submerged.
I don't mean to discourage, it would be amazing if you made a carnivorous plant only aquarium/riparium!
Good Luck!



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I don't know that I can post links to other forums, but google "Emersed aquatic plants with carnivorous plant" there is a thread on another forum with a nice tank with only a little water, and a very lovely layout. However most plants are above water.
06-21-2016 11:07 PM
Acro
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Originally Posted by Superapearmy View Post
So I am interesting in plant some carnivorous plants in my HOB along with some other plants. I work at a nursery where we have pitcher plants which are in a sphagnum moss substrate and plated in a floating pot device in order to float in outdoor ponds. Based off this I wonder if it would thrive in a HOB. I have a planted 10 gallon I would like to try it with. What substrate do you guys use inside your filters, assuming carbon beads, but was wondering if this is the only substrate used?
The huge majority of carnivorous plants (and all pitcher plants that I know of) need to be in a habitat that is devoid of nutrients (that is why they became carnivorous plants in the first place, to capture insects that will supply nutrients). In the aquarium, any fertilizers and fish or shrimp waste will make growing carnivorous plants difficult at best, at worst they will likely die. Also, many cannot tolerate minerals in the water, thus one would have to choose substrate very carefully and use rainwater, distilled water or reverse osmosis water.
There are a few species kept, that grow in the aquarium, however these are mainly bladderworts that float or grow submerged.
I don't mean to discourage, it would be amazing if you made a carnivorous plant only aquarium/riparium!
Good Luck!



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06-21-2016 11:02 PM
AquaAurora
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Originally Posted by Superapearmy View Post
So I am interesting in plant some carnivorous plants in my HOB along with some other plants. I work at a nursery where we have pitcher plants which are in a sphagnum moss substrate and plated in a floating pot device in order to float in outdoor ponds. Based off this I wonder if it would thrive in a HOB. I have a planted 10 gallon I would like to try it with. What substrate do you guys use inside your filters, assuming carbon beads, but was wondering if this is the only substrate used?
Is the floating lot device sealed so no water from the pond goes up into the sphagnum moss?
Can't speak for all planted tank owners but a lot of us do not use carbon. I typically put foam media on the top of the HOB and it slits into it for plants. I also use ceramic/bio media. For my planterr baskets hanging in the tank I use my leftover expanded clay media i got a few years ago for aquaponics. It can grow benificial bacteria pretty good on it too. If you used these I'd reccomend soaking them for a day first (or several hours in hot/warm water) to get them to sink as they are bouyant when initially dropped in.
06-21-2016 10:50 PM
Superapearmy So I am interesting in plant some carnivorous plants in my HOB along with some other plants. I work at a nursery where we have pitcher plants which are in a sphagnum moss substrate and plated in a floating pot device in order to float in outdoor ponds. Based off this I wonder if it would thrive in a HOB. I have a planted 10 gallon I would like to try it with. What substrate do you guys use inside your filters, assuming carbon beads, but was wondering if this is the only substrate used?
03-13-2016 08:34 PM
theatermusic87 Thought I'd share mine with everyone.

Tank: 5 gallon rimless
Filter: Deep Blue Professional Biomaxx 10
Light: Finnex Fugeray Clip-on and 15 watt CFL 3200k
Plants: Baby's Tears, Hygro Compact, AR, Pennywort, (Hidden from view Bronze Crypt and Rotala of some sort)


Tank: 3 gallon rimless
Filter: Deep Blue Professional Biomaxx 10
Light: Finnex Fugeray Clip-on
Plants: Anubias Hastifolia, Baby Tears, Peace Lily
03-10-2016 10:51 PM
nainruva Hello all, I'm a beguiner in freshwater aquarism and want to start my planted tank, I buyed the aqua duo 20 filter for a nano setup that I have at the office, and want to build a nano cube (planted of course) for my betta at home. I notice that here recomends many plants for the planted hob, I donīt really know where can I find this kind of plants in Chih, but I'm going to try, hope to update soon with a fully planted hob!!

Bests
12-10-2015 01:34 AM
Wilderman204 This is the thread that really introduced me to plants in aquariums. After reading it got me looking more into planted tanks, and I discovered "natural"planted tanks(using dirt substrates). I had quit keeping fish and aquariums, and left the hobby behind. Kind of ironic that it was because I was becoming more interested in plants and gardening instead. Now I'm putting dirt in aquariums, starting a new fish room and planning a pond for my yard. And, I've gotten all excited about fish again, researching all the cool aquarium communities I could assemble. AHHH!
Thank you so much everyone!

This AquaClear 50 has Brazilian pennywort,mondo grass, philodendron cordatum, Cryptocoryne( parva,cilata, and pygmae). The crypts acclimated to emersed growth and that was about it they haven't grown at all in 4 months in the filter( maybe because you can't even see them under the Pennywort lol). They need a rich substrate or lots of ferts in the water collum.
Pennywort actually grew fast enough to make every other plant in the tank show defficencies and I had to dose iron and potassium in my dirted tank. There were no visible deficiencies till the Pennywort had gotten huge. After a massive trim everything else started to rebound.
Philodendron cordatum seems to be exactly like pothos but grows slower. Pennywort will add great cover as it grows out of the filter and spreads across the surface.
I moved most of the aquatic plants in tank to a new setup, and drained it half way. I pulled out the filter media(sponge of top of sacks of bio media) and the roots had grown through and tied it all together. So I dropped the mass of media with plants on it in the tank Waba Kusi style. everything is still growing

I also got the Pennywort to bloom for 4 months straight. Seemed to be triggered by adding more light towards the UV end of the spectrum. (6400k, and 440nm LED's)
08-04-2015 11:29 PM
Mariostg Forgot about this thread. I was not going to post anything as I thought "nothing has changed". But looking at older pictures, my Peace lily is catching up. So here are few shots.

"HOB" small water fall.


The paint cup HOB. Not much going on here. The moss I brought in from my pond disappeared. The java moss is doing nothing.


And the tank itself. Obviously, high tannin water
08-04-2015 05:57 PM
AquaAurora Previous posters need to come back and post update shots, tell what has and has not worked out over the months/years on their HOBs!


The plant mass continues to grow!



Helxine soleirolii is just going nuts on there!
My one regret is I slapped the riccia on top of cut pieces of foam instead of using one flat piece.. I need to take out and clean the filter media but that will make a mess of the riccia :/
06-15-2015 02:50 AM
Sereya Thanks for the advice, I won't use them in the filter then. I made canvas baskets for them with suction cups since I couldn't find any grid type shower caddy's.

For the filter, dragon tongues and baby tears is what I would love to do, but how much light would they need? I need an option that won't require any additional lights and my light can't be raised. My tank is across my front room from a large 8' window so while not directly in front of the window it does get some sunlight.

Any suggestions?
06-14-2015 11:49 PM
AquaAurora
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Originally Posted by Sereya View Post
I went to Lowes and bought two very pretty peace lily plants, could someone enlighten a complete noobie on how to prepare the plants to either be planted here in the hob or in a hanging basket on the back?
I've washed the plant and cut most of the roots off already, it only has a small root ball left. Do I need to cut the rest of the roots off or is it ready to go in like this?
I thoroughly rinse roots and put it in planter baskets/plastic shower caddies. The peace lilies from Home Depots may be the larger species.. Did you see the 3' tall ones? It can turn into that. I wouldn't really advise planting it in the HOB as the roots can get very long and make it difficult to remove or seperate toe foam media, if they get long enough it can clog the impeller.
06-14-2015 10:26 PM
Mariostg
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Originally Posted by Sereya View Post
I went to Lowes and bought two very pretty peace lily plants, could someone enlighten a complete noobie on how to prepare the plants to either be planted here in the hob or in a hanging basket on the back?
I've washed the plant and cut most of the roots off already, it only has a small root ball left. Do I need to cut the rest of the roots off or is it ready to go in like this?
From the little bit of experience I have with peace lilies so far, is that they seem to be very easy to accomodate. You can pretty much put in a small planter partially submerged and it will grow.
06-14-2015 08:30 PM
Sereya I went to Lowes and bought two very pretty peace lily plants, could someone enlighten a complete noobie on how to prepare the plants to either be planted here in the hob or in a hanging basket on the back?
I've washed the plant and cut most of the roots off already, it only has a small root ball left. Do I need to cut the rest of the roots off or is it ready to go in like this?
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