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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-09-2015, 04:26 AM Thread Starter
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hiding the filter intake

Hello this is my first planted tank I have been able to successfully find all the information needed to set my tank up and have been up and running for 6ish months now. I have now run into the problem of I want to hide my filter intake because I am going for a natural look and the filter tube in the back is just not fitting right. I have tried planting some plants close but they end up shifting and getting caught in the filter screen. Can anyone recommend a good stiff stemmed plant to be planted near it to help hide the bulk of it?
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Might be better to add some driftwood or rock, or camouflage it some other way.

Most aquatic plants are fairly soft and will keep getting stuck in the intake.

Perhaps arrange a branch of driftwood and plant some Bolbitis, Java Fern or Anacharis on it. These plants are a bit stiffer, and grow higher up in the tank on the wood.
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That is the set up I have now but I was kind of hoping to fill it in in the back when I made my wall . Kind of something to keep the other plants away do you think Java fern will work if I planted 2 to 4 inches on ether side?
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Hygrophilla is a fairly stiff stemmed plant that will stand up and hide things. Plus it grows really fast so it eats excess nutrients which can help to keep the algae away.
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Sometimes I use sword plants ?
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sometimes i use sword plants ?
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Thank you for the help! I will look into the hygro I have tried anchorous and it melted away and never re grew it must not have liked my lighting or perimeters. But I will definitely look into the other plants suggested.
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Another +1 for the sword plant.


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Or try a sponge filter over the intake, then plants won't get sucked into it.


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I suppose another option would be one of the glass tube intakes. Would be less noticable.


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Or try a sponge filter over the intake, then plants won't get sucked into it.

Good idea. Then it doesn't matter what plant to you put in front of it,
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If I use a sponge how close can the plants get and will I still have an effective filter? And I have given it thought but the concern is I know the sponges get dirty pretty fast. Where can I get glass tubes? Will it fit a flouvial 50?
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Cut the intake so it's only a couple inches below the water line. Then place a shrimp guard on the end.


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