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I've had some trouble keeping plants in the aquarium, since the cichlids have keep eating them, so I'm trying something new - I rooted some spider and pothos plants in the top of one of my filters. So far its been working well, and has kept the algae down. Anyone done anything like this before? Do you think it will work long term?
 

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Yes, many people have done this in their sump. Like a fresh water refugium. This is all based on the fact that nutrients cause algae which is not very grounded anymore. But for extracting nutrients out of a cichlid tank this works great. I've had a pothos growing on wood out of my aquarium, but just for fun. It did grow like mad though!

 

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Pothos will find its way under the water. Don't just push it there. It grows fine once it's in.

There is an AquaJournal from about 10 years ago in which there is a small strand of Pothos in the tank.
 

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Many house plants will thrive in aquarium water, leaves and stems in the air. They are very good at taking the nitrogen etc out of the water because they are not limited for carbon. They get their carbon from the air. Just make sure they have good light.
My best house plants are growing out of aquariums near a window.
Golden Pothos, Nephthytis, Philodendron scandens and many others will work. I find trailing plants work best for me because I am not rooting them in anything that would support upright growth.
 

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Love the white on white... Blends right into the wall.... Very nice

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