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post #1 of 5 Old 09-26-2010, 07:34 AM Thread Starter
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Good plant to hide powerhead?

Has anyone any suggestions for a good plant to hide the powerhead on my new tank? The tank is 42cm high, the powerhead is approximately 10cm x 10cm. I planted some vallisneria there, but I don't think it'll be bushy enough to hide it. I've got some ambulia but that tends to shed a bit and might clog up the intake. Any other suggestions? Thanks.
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post #2 of 5 Old 09-26-2010, 08:16 AM
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a piece of driftwood or a sword might work. a good piece of wood would work better then the sword IMO but swords get pretty big to where it may help.
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post #3 of 5 Old 09-26-2010, 12:28 PM
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I also think a chunk of wood, or a piece of rock, standing vertically might be best. Stem plants of course would be pushed aside in the current. A sturdy sword such as one of the larger species might work, or a tough plant like Anubias barteri (which has to be attached to wood or rock, see the profile for info). The problem with these is that in the filter current, brush algae would undoubtedly be rampant on the plants; this algae is prevalent in strong water flows which is why it almost always occurs on the filter outflow, and it loves plants like Anubias and Echinodorus.

Positioning the powerhead at one rear corner of the tank and aiming the flow toward the end wall of the tank will help reduce the current. I do this with my canister filters. A plant on the tank side of the powerhead would thus not be subjected to direct flow.

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African water fern (bolbitis something...) likes water current- it should be attached to driftwood or rocks too.

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post #5 of 5 Old 09-26-2010, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the replies.
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