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I was about to clean out the Aquamaster filter on my 15g Planted tank (after not having done so for at least six months) when I spotted this growth on the return lip to the tank. I think it is Baby Tears, or maybe Rotala, those are the only stem plants of that sort that I have in that tank.

Now I don't want to clean it out! This just looks too cool, haha.

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Thats really, really funny. I haven't grown anything but algae and snails in my filters... lol


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Now thats a nano ! :shock:

Welcome to Sams Planted Filter ! LOL
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That's a good one!

The best I have ever seen is java moss on my filter, but that stuff grows anywhere!
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Haha, Sam's Planted Filter. I like it! I could give it its own website. People will begin to severely neglect their filters in an attempt to recreate it!

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How many watts you got over that filter Sam? Heh.
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that has plants growing out of my filters!!! I finally cleaned mine the other week.
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Awesome. I am glad to know I am not the only one who does not clean the tanks in a frequent manner.

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How did you get it to grow there? :lol:
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I certainly didn't try to get the plants to grow there, Raul. I don't know how they got there. Some tiny pieces of Baby Tears must have gotten sucked up in the filter, crushed to bits in the impeller, then overflowed the clogged filter media and lodged itself in the nutritious muck on the overflow lip. Several more months of neglect and voila, a planted filter!

This tank is more of a jungle with extra plant clippings from other tanks and recieves little attention aside from a monthly 1/3 partial water change. It's pretty heavily stocked but that filter is about four times too big for that tank so I've never experienced any ammonia spikes and the plants thrive on the nutrients.

This is not to say we don't need to clean our filters! I clean my other filters every month or two, but this does exhibit an established planted tank's resilience, I suppose.

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