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Proper Procedure for Setting Up a Planted HOB?

I have a small bamboo palm (Chamaedorea elegans, as far as I can tell) that I got from Walmart about 9 months ago, and it was doing great until it was moved in front of the wood-burning stove to make room for the Christmas tree. Between the temperature extremes and my new cat getting to it, there's not much left to it.

I have a Marina Slim S15 on a shrimp tank in my room and I'm considering planting it in the filter where one of the cartridges would normally go. I was thinking of either making an appropriately sized planter basket out of needlepoint mesh filled with gravel, or simply "planting" the stalks in a sponge cut to fit.

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I have about 5 of those "aquatic bamboo" stocks stuck in a HOB with no substrate at all and they are doing great, there is a a sponge filter in there still and the roots are starting to grow into it so when I have to clean it the plants just ride along.
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Get the bamboo out of submerged water and you'll find it actually grows...
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I know "lucky bamboo" is pretty popular candidate for planted filters. I also know that it grows better in soil.

The plant I'm talking about is different, and it's planted in a pot right now (sorry, I attached the picture wrong in the first post). The problem is that if I leave it in the pot, the cat will most likely destroy it. Is there something specific I should do to transfer it to being in water?
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Get the bamboo out of submerged water and you'll find it actually grows...
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To Raan, I just used bamboo as an example of tossing stuff in with no substrate, not the same plant I know. For substrate I would suggest those aquaballs they use in hydroponics, they won't get loose and flow into the tank or clog any filter media like sand or other finer substrate, they also have a high CEC so they will absorb any nutrients that flows into the HOB. I would also check out the natural habitat of the bamboo palm, if it is not evolved for wet roots it might rot.
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Thanks for the advice and feedback, zerodameaon. After some further reading, it seems Chamaedorea is actually a fairly popular choice for planted HOBs.

I went ahead and made a planter for mine using black needlepoint mesh and fishing line. I couldn't find the hydroponic clay anywhere nearby except in fifty liter bags, so I just ended up borrowing some Fluval Stratum from the tank.

It looks sparse at the moment, but I think I can manage to put some pennywort and Christmas moss in there to fill it out.


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Do you have a fixture to provide light for the HOB plants or do they get indirect sunlight?


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That looks good.
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That does look good, but to knm has a point. Those HOB plants will need light too.
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The tank is near to a window. Thanks for the feedback, guys.
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