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brokenrules69 07-28-2012 11:46 AM

Help With Aquarium Plants
wanted to know like which types of plants absorb the most nitrates
i have heard of mangrove roots filtering a crazy amount of nitrate

wondering if there was smalller more realistic plants that would filter like that
or simaler to cheatomorha in a reef

Jester10 07-28-2012 02:05 PM

Sword plants are very good at sucking up all that stuff as well as some of the stem plants if you have the light to handle it. Some require more than others. If you have enough a heavily planted tank it doesn't matter what plants you have as long as they are all healthy and don't turn yellow. Also their are profiles on a lot of plants that are common if you click on tropical fish profiles. Also if you see a highlight name like Neon Tetra, or Wisteria you can click on them and you can see their profile and a lot of information.

I'm still learning and their are more experienced people who may tell other stuff. Just keep looking and have fun!!

Pearl2011 07-28-2012 02:29 PM

Anacharis is awesome! I love it. Ammonia sink for sure!

thekoimaiden 07-28-2012 03:05 PM

Hornwort is my nitrate sink. It has the added bonus of not being liked by my goldfish. It's dropped the nitrates in that tank from 40ppm to 10ppm. Floating plants like water sprite and duckweed are also great.

amazon21 07-29-2012 09:49 AM

Any of the floating plants are the good, i.e duckweed, water sprite, salvinia, anacharis. Duckweed is probably the best imo.

fish monger 07-29-2012 10:04 AM

All of the suggestions above are great. I prefer hornwort for its appearance and it's great at reducing nitrates. Floating plants are closer to the light, so they should be OK. Just be sure that they are not shading plants below too much.

brokenrules69 07-29-2012 10:10 PM

thanks alot guys
for lighting i have 2x 54 watt t5 in right now 1 6500k n 1 7000k best for fish
idk intenisty plants grow at i think something like 4700k and i have no poblem buyying new lights, and i think t5s should be great for plants right.
i also have a spare fixtue 4x 54watt t5s i figured that would be over kill
its going in a amazon biotype tank so if that helps thats why i was thinking Anacharis, Hornwort and swords.

water chem
ph low 6.5-7
temp 80
low flow

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