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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-28-2019, 11:43 PM Thread Starter
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I notice it is becoming more and more popular to add a few house plants with their roots in the tank water. What about taking it a half step further? instead of just dangling the roots in the water, or the roots in some media in a basket hanging in the water, might it be effective to say, fashion a trough to hold the media or clay balls and pump the water through the roots and media from one end of the trough to the other and back into the tank? Maybe even a filter sponge on the front or back end? Might this help circulate the water better over the plant roots and help filter the water a bit more for the tank as a whole? Just an idea. Has anybody done this? Would love to hear your thoughts and/or laughter!

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I haven't done it but it is done all the time . I believe it's called a refrugium (sp)....lol

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What you are saying is called hydroponics and some people do that in the aquarium too. You can use hydroton for that.

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Make 2-3 shallow tray and slowly pump water from end to end through a bunch of Marino balls or subwassertang. No need for terrestrial plants.
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There is something to be said for just having the roots in the tank....lol
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Pothos rules!
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Pothos tank. Nitrates , what nitrates?

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I have seen many examples of "overhead sumps" doing what you describe - a pseudo hydroponic/aquaponic setup. Tilapia farms often do this to aid in water purification.

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