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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-20-2017, 03:01 AM Thread Starter
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Inside filter plants that are fine for cats/dogs

Hello, so ive been looking at plants that are grown outside the aquarium with the root system inside the tank. I was orignally looking at pothos or Chinese evergreen but both are poisonous for cats and dogs and subsequently i have both. So what other plants do you all recommend that are safe for other household pets. Thanks

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Mint grows great in my hob and I have 6 cats Phalaenopsis Orchids aren't toxic too, but will grow slowly so they won't consume so much nutrients. Mint is growing like crazy, so it's probably better (but I have both in my hob).


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Ive been thinking about mint. Can you upload a pictire of what your setup looks like with them in it?

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Mint grows great in my hob and I have 6 cats Phalaenopsis Orchids aren't toxic too, but will grow slowly so they won't consume so much nutrients. Mint is growing like crazy, so it's probably better (but I have both in my hob).
you have Phael Orchids in your HOB? The roots haven't rotted?

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Well, it's not really "inside". Over the sponge in the HOB I've put some lignite and I've put the orchid over those rocks. It does not have it's roots under water, water just sprays on the roots (really high flow, it splashes around ;-)).
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Well, it's not really "inside". Over the sponge in the HOB I've put some lignite and I've put the orchid over those rocks. It does not have it's roots under water, water just sprays on the roots (really high flow, it splashes around ;-)).

Interesting, do you have any pics of this?

I have them growing in some Manzanita branches over the top of my 120g - but hadn't thought of making it like what you're talking about.

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Orchids and Tillandsia are here for 4 months, some new leaves growing, so it probably works. Mint is there for few days, but I've been growing it before in cup of water ;-)

Oh, and another HOB starting to grow mint:

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that looks great!

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I've actually been meaning to set up a thread like this... I've currently got pothos in mine (didn't know it was poisonous for cats... but my cat has never shown interest in my plants or tanks...) and I just picked up a spider plant that I thought might work. I also put java moss in outflow of my HOB, and it seems pretty good so far too!

Any opinions on the spider plant? I wanted to get some outside advice before I have a dead plant on my hands.
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Catnip, oatgrass, herbs you like to cook with, any of the other plants typically recommended as roughage for pets.

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Are there any clean are plants safe with cats for hob's?

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I've actually been meaning to set up a thread like this... I've currently got pothos in mine (didn't know it was poisonous for cats... but my cat has never shown interest in my plants or tanks...) and I just picked up a spider plant that I thought might work. I also put java moss in outflow of my HOB, and it seems pretty good so far too!

Any opinions on the spider plant? I wanted to get some outside advice before I have a dead plant on my hands.
The spider plant will go nuts in an HOB.I have some with roots in the water in tanks,between the versa-top and the rim,they grow well and send out runners with baby plants.The foliage will die off and rot if submerged,but the roots do well.

MTS? no,I just need one more tank...
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The spider plant will go nuts in an HOB.I have some with roots in the water in tanks,between the versa-top and the rim,they grow well and send out runners with baby plants.The foliage will die off and rot if submerged,but the roots do well.
Just put spider plant in my hob filter, I'm just looking for some others now.

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I asked my wife,she doesn't even know what these are,but perhaps you can tell from a picture?

The viney thing,grows better there than in pots,it's always thin and spindly in dirt.

Not sure about toxicity to pets,but our cats and dogs leave em alone.
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