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Plants vs sponge/bio in filter?

Ive seen some people put in lucky bamboo sticking out of there filters instead of bio media and sponges...

Which is better for filtering?
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Mechanical filtering:
Sponges, floss are way better.
I am growing some plants in lava rock and it has not needed cleaning for years. Therefore it is not trapping the debris.

Chemical filtering:
House plants growing with their leaves in the air are very good at removing plant fertilizers.

Bio:
Your tank will grow all the nitrifying bacteria and other microorganisms that it needs no matter what is in the filter. These organisms grow all over the tank, on all the surfaces.

Lucky Bamboo is a slow growing plant, so is not much of a filter. Try other house plants. You will need lots of them to make a difference.
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Ive seen some people put in lucky bamboo sticking out of there filters instead of bio media and sponges...

Which is better for filtering?
Like stated, the plants absorb nutrients from the water so in effect they are "cleaning" the water. Plants help keep nitrates low.

A sponges is mechanical and biological. It traps and removes debris from the water and hosts the bacteria needed for biological filtration.


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Re: Plants vs sponge/bio in filter?

Why not both? I have a sponge prefilters, and i actually have a java fern that attached itself to the sponge on one. You could put a sponge in the HOB. Then put the bamboo on top. The bamboo will grow its roots into the sponge...Best of both works. Lol

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