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    Hello AC...

    What's your experience using a house plant called Chinese evergreen to reduce nitrates in tap and tank water?

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    I have no idea, but you can do a little experiment to find out by taking readings with and without the plant. I do know that some plants are poisonous to humans (don't know about fish), so you may want to check it first.

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    Pothos aka devil's ivy is great for that, I remember one person a few years back who had it growing out of the aquaclear filter. He said it kept the nitrates almost zero.

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    Hello...

    Thanks for the two replies. Apparently, no one has used house plants to reduce nitrogen in fish tank water. I'm sure there's a use for house plants in this case. I would think that house plants would grow quite large with a constant source of nutrients from the dissolving fish waste material. Probably wouldn't be as attractive a tank as some would like.

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    Well I use houseplants. But I don't like to recommend them because they are poisonous if your fish eat them. In an HOB filter or sump, they'd be ok.

    I have a few types growing out the back of my 120g. My fish don't eat the roots and they've been fine. I have Croton, dragon tree, and something else.

    Safe emersed plants are lucky bamboo and pothos. The pothos leaves can be poisonous if fish eat them though.

    I think that's the reason you aren't getting the most responses. Most ppl aren't using random houseplants and stick to bamboo and pothos.
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    I would avoid anything that is poisonous if eaten by your fish. We mustn't assume the fish won't eat the leaves or other parts. If they get hungry enough or curious enough, they just might. Aren't there plenty of aquarium plants that reduce nitrate? What are the best ones for that which are truly aquatic and safe?
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    I would avoid anything that is poisonous if eaten by your fish. We mustn't assume the fish won't eat the leaves or other parts. If they get hungry enough or curious enough, they just might. Aren't there plenty of aquarium plants that reduce nitrate? What are the best ones for that which are truly aquatic and safe?
    Yes, there are...here's a few...though I'd avoid duckweed, as it grows out-of-control and can clog things pretty quickly

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    We are using pothos in HOB, and am thinking of using the plant with the common name wandering jew. also heard sweet potato plants and spider plants have been used before with success. I have duckweed (not by choice) and the only benefit of it is feeding my goldfish. When I get the fishroom going my hopes is to be 100% *uck weed free!
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    Oooh I just found out about sweet potato! They will grow long nitrate reducing roots (usually a couple feet long) and grow an attractive plant above.




    I read basil is easy to grow out of the tank as well!
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    Interesting. I was looking at a house plant that would grow large enough to filter the water in a large tank. Specifically, a plant that would use the ammonia and nitrite so quickly, there wouldn't be time enough for the nitrite bacteria to produce nitrate. So, nitrate would essentially be zero.

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