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Old 03-22-2013, 05:25 PM   #1
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Question for people that have houseplants growing out of open top tanks


I love this look, and I bought a large clear plastic shower caddy to hang in my tank for a plant. It uses suction cups, but since they will be below the water line I'm also going to hook it to the edge of the tank. (I picked up some high-water loving plants like philodendrons at the store to experiment with)

How do you "plant" yours? Do you just put the plant in the container bare root, or with something to hold it in place until the roots grow through the slots in the container? I was going to wedge some Poret foam on either side of my plant until it grows in. What do you think?

Also, do you trim the roots as they grow into the tank to keep things tidy, or does that defeat the purpose?

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Old 03-22-2013, 05:48 PM   #2
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I use hydroton balls and some small high cec clay like gravel, like flourite.
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Old 03-22-2013, 05:49 PM   #3
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Gravel with root tabs.
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Old 03-22-2013, 06:26 PM   #4
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oops! Thanks - lol - I assumed the plants were bare root in the container, and the roots filled the space. I already put it in the container with the Poret, but I may be removing it very soon anyhow...

I had bought a "Glacier" Pothos (Epipremnum Aureum), well it turned out it was 8 different solid healthy starts. Now I remember to check the toxic to pets list, and of course it's toxic to cats. I have two cats. One never jumps on a tank, but my other one is a monkey (and my favorite) and she is always on the tanks. I'll watch for a few days and see if she notices the plant (sadly, she sat next to me and watched me put it in the tank - no pretending it's not there!). I have such a hard time with house plants because they try to eat them all - I even grow them their own organic oat grass, they still munch on the house plants.

Some of the articles I've read on pothos says it's a mild toxin leading to vomiting and drooling, some suggest it can lead to kidney failure. So it's a no-brainer for me, if the cat tries it, the plant goes. Maybe a future RAOK!
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Hello drift...

We haven't talked about this in some time. I use plastic netting and put together a frame of wooden dowels and plastic twist ties to support my "Ag" plants.

The Pothos grows nicely, but the "Ags" will do a much better job of using the nitrogens produced by the fish.

Don't trim the roots, the roots take in the toxins produced by the fish and keep the water properties stable, so you don't have to change out the tank water.

Attached is a 55 G with some Aglaonema and Nephthytis emersed in the tank. The plants thrive in the nutrient rich water. The fish get used to the thick root system.

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Most of my plants are held on with a combination of airline hose and suction cups.


I cut a short length of appropriately sized airline hose, slice it open lengthwise and use it to a) protect the stem and b) increase the girth for it to fit better in the prongs of a suction cup. Tiny stems get the smallest size airline and small airline hose suction cups, thicker stems get sections of eheim filter hose cut to fit and my large black eheim suction cups.
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Where do you guys find your plants? Would Home Depot or lowes carry them?
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Thanks everyone!

BBradbury, your tanks were the ones I was specifically thinking of, but couldn't remember the threads. Now that you've reminded me of the Aglaonemas, I'll look for some.

You've all given me good ideas on how to actually support the plants.

jhays79, As for finding the plants, I found the ones I have at Walmart where I work. We are also next door to a Lowes and that's a good place to look too. I don't know if you have any florists near you, but the florists in town also carry these kind of potted plants (we have two hospitals in town, and we have a lot of florists and they all have live potted plants - I don't know if that's typical).

So far, so good - the pothos hasn't been bothered. Maybe I'll finally be able to get this idea off the ground! lol
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Old 03-22-2013, 11:46 PM   #9
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i was just trying to figure this exact thing out today! I want to put a pot in the top corner of my 55.. so glad you posted this!
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If you don't have a good nursery around (sadly they're less and less common), then Home Depot/Lowe's almost always have philodendren, phothos, diffenbachia and a hit and miss variety of other plants that root well in water.

Another great source can be your local supermarket. I stumbled on some beautiful little aluminum plants at mine recently and they've almost always got small gift pots of many of the same plants as the home improvement store. Also nice in that they're SMALL pots with plant size/quantity more in line with aquarium needs.

Don't over look the semi-aquatics at PetSmart/Co either.
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Can we see some pics of your plants that are growing out of the top of your tanks
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It's called a Riparium, hydrophyte is a great source to get started in the right direction. You can take a look at my 40B build. I have the riparium pics in the first page.
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I love the look of these plants "overflowing" out of the top of the aquarium. I'm gonna hit up some stores today and try to find some pothos or philodendrum. I forgot about the semi aquatics at petco and petsmart too! Good idea!
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I put a grid style plastic light shield over my 75 to keep Hatchets in. I took cuttings of Pothos and plain old philodendron and stuck them through the holes. They formed a nice carpet over a portion of the tank and drape down the side. The hatchets naturally love the cover as well as the roots.
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Old 03-23-2013, 01:10 PM   #15
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I put a grid style plastic light shield over my 75 to keep Hatchets in. I took cuttings of Pothos and plain old philodendron and stuck them through the holes. They formed a nice carpet over a portion of the tank and drape down the side. The hatchets naturally love the cover as well as the roots.
That's a really good idea!
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