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Hi,

So, I know very little about planted tanks. The most I've done successfully is toss in a few aponogetton and lily bulbs that eventually grew.

What I wanted to ask today is I'm wondering if there is some kind of vegetable I can get at a grocery store that can be used to lower nitrates and live either in a hang-on filter and maybe stick out a little, or live entirely submerged in water within the aquarium?

Any ideas? I've also tried watercress (from seeds) with no success what so ever.

Thanks.
 

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There's no Asian markets around where I live and I don't know if those plants would be hard to find at a major grocery store chain.

I'm considering rice since I know that is grown in flood conditions, and maybe onions. I know there's aquatic onions that I can buy, but I don't know if the ones at the grocery store are completely different. I might also consider retrying watercress if I find some big plants.
 

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The nitrate problem is under control, but is due to several reasons. The primary is that the tank is overcrowded. I just want to get the nitrate level around 20ppm or less. I do water changes (weekly) and have some aquatic plants already, plus I have nitrate reducing pads. Those are just collectively so expensive for me, I need a cheaper solution and long-term.
 

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I found some hydroponic articles talking about growing celery and lettuce in a few inches of water. So, perhaps I could float a basket or stick some in the hang on filter. I have some ideas now. Just gotta make a trip to the store and try some out. Thanks for the help.
 

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If anyone is interested, I found some huge organic watercress with roots and even had the dirt still attached! I just chucked it in the tank and the fish swarmed it. It's right up to the lights floating. I'll consider repositioning it later over the weekend, but looks good so far. I also looked around online and found some articles mentioning that I should grow long-grain brown rice. So, I found some of that in seed form and I also found something that said mixed rice. It's got a bunch of different kinds of rice seeds, super expensive though at $5/lb. I only got a tiny bit, but that's like a few hundred seeds that hopefully something will grow.
 
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