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Plant Filter / Refugium.....???

Hi Everybody,

I have put together a 29gal. Plant / Veggie Filter / Refugium for my 55gal. Freshwater aquarium.

It has Applesnails (P. bridgesi), Ramshorn, and Pond snails. Wood/Bamboo Shrimp and Cherry Shrimp, and Freshwater Golden clams.

The current plants are just Val., Anachris, Frogbit, and Greater Duckweed.

My goal is to minimize nitrates and just keep the water quality as high as possible with as little "maintenance" as possible.

The Val., Anachris, Frogbit and Duckweed are just plants that I already had.

The Temp. of the aquarium is 86F (30C) and needs to stay there.

I currently have about 195 watts of light (regular fluorescents) and the aquarium wrapped on 3 sides with aluminum foil.

So, my question is: What other plants could I add that will further my goal of reducing nitrates and just maintaining super high water quality???

I am not looking to make this a "Planted Tank" in the same sense that most people do: I want this to be Functional before beautiful, but I think I can achieve both in the end.

A side note: The reason for the Refugium is because the 55gal. houses the Arafuran Filesnake in my signature and his "Food"--Comets keep eating all of the plants in the 55gal. tank. Additionally, I don't want the snails, shrimp and clams "annoying" him causing undo stress. These snakes are extremely difficult to keep (even for zoos)--so, his "stress-level" comes first.

Any Pointers would be Greatly Appreciated!!

TIA


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Very unique situation, TIA.

IME, duckweed does an exceptional job of removing Phosphates, and a decent job removing Nitrates. It sounds to me like you would best be suited with floating stem plants. The faster the better. Watersprite and Anacharis (Elodea) come to mind. The faster the plants grow, the more you have to prune them, the more nutrients you are exporting from your system.

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I would take a look at the plant lists from people who are just setting up tanks to see what plants they use as temporary nutrient sponges. Watersprite and hygro were always what I've used, plus they're extremely hardy so they can a wide range of tank conditions. I've also had fw clams etc., and they're great BUT you have to watch them because if they die they let loose a lot of pollution in the tank.
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Thanx for the Input.

I think what I am going to do is just go with what I have and add some Anubias (for looks) that I just ordered. The Duckweed and Frogbit both grow like weeds , and as long as the Val and Anachris are growing well--I can assume that things are in good order. I can test for a while to get a gauge on things.

I supplement with Iron enriched PlantGro, so I will just have to sort this out over time.....

Any other thoughts...???


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