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Plants for a FW sump.....

I have a 29g sump that I made a refugium. Currently it just has lava rocks, ceramic rings, Eheim bio media....play a couple bags if active charcoal and 3 bags of Purigen. I currently have a basketball size of java moss that I will mix in with the lava rocks. I wanted to know what other types of plants any one can recommend for this set up. I want to be able to do away with the charcoal.
My main tank is heavily planted but with plants that all need to be in a substrate. I need something that is going to help out compete the algae and remove the waste. I will also be moving lots of RCS down there as well.
Finally pothos plants are out of the question.
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Do you have a light down there?
Floaters really are the best thing for that - duck weed, water lettuce, hornwort...
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Yes I have a clip on light with a grow bulb. I also have a pressurized co2 system running as well.
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Take out the carbon. Its a waste of space after a few days. Floaters are great ammonia and nitrate suckers.


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Go with water wisteria and floaters.

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Only floater I have right now is Brazilian Pennywort.
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I'm planning a similar setup. If you get a minute and you don't mind, you should post a pic of your sump. Checking out other setups is helping me plan my own.
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I'm going to work on it tonight and will post a pic once I'm finished with it.
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Sweet. I appreciate it.
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Frogbit makes a good floater, big enough to control, grows fast, no tiny bits like duckweed


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Yeah it's just not quite the nutrient sponge that the other species mentioned are - at least in my experience. I get much faster grown and more daughter plants with the water lettuce than I do with frogbit.
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Seems water lettuce will get to big for a sump. It does logo good but one two will cover the entire area of the refugium.
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Seems water lettuce will get to big for a sump. It does logo good but one two will cover the entire area of the refugium.
No, you harvest it for nutrient export, keep the small daughter plants.
I keep it it my 37 bowfront with no problem. I just pull a few out every
week after they get bigger than 2" or so.
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Oh ok....that's better. I'll look for some cause I don't want hornwort cause that grows so fast I can't keep up with it.
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I'm planning a similar setup. If you get a minute and you don't mind, you should post a pic of your sump. Checking out other setups is helping me plan my own.
I'm going to have to do it on Thursday I just saw about 6 khuli loaches in the sump so I need to make sure I have a living space for them. I think I'm going to put smooth river rocks at the bottom and build a small cave. Then put the lava rocks mixed with java moss and ceramic rings and bio media on top. I am thinking of adding a couple anubias nana to it as well and a floating plant. There will also be close to 100 RCS in there.
Really looking forward to it. I just hope it works.
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