Growing plants in HOB filters... Thoughts?

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    After buying some new corydoras we discovered that we had accidentally been given 2 teeny tiny guppies :binkybaby:, so feeling sorry for them knowing they wouldn't survive in our larger tanks we found an old 2Ltr tank in the garage and decided to make it their new home. Along with that @AndriesJ has been wanting to try grow a plant in an HOB filter, so that's how we got to thinking about trying it with our little tank using peace in the home. The peace in the home is doing really well! And has grown a lot since we planted it 3 weeks ago. Unfortunately I didn't take any photos of the little tank when we started it. Does anyone else have plants growing in their filters? Id love to hear more about it and what kinds of plants do well. :icon_biggrin:

    Below are some photos of the little tank. Its up against my larger tank to keep the water temp steady.
    I still need to add some nice low light plants and perhaps a little piece if driftwood. Ill post new pics on Monday. What do you think? :toothy12:

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    And if you are wondering where the guppy's are:

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    Thanks for reading! :icon_thumright:
     
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    Thanks for the post :) I've got wild sorrel in my hob which needs to go to the aquaponics system tomorrow. I like the idea though, and since I have plenty peace in the home in the garden, I'd like to try this as well. (Getting a small tank from my mom on Sunday - YAY)
    You haven't experienced any issues with it blocking the filter?
     
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    Not at all. And it seems to be growing down towards the water. I want to put a ling piece of driftwood in the tank that stands out on the top and see if I can get it to grow over the wood. Maby add some moss aswell. I think its gonna look stunning in a few weeks. Gonna have to start charging people that come to visit soon, our house is going to look like an aquarium soon! :toothy9:


     
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    It should take quite nicely. I have mine growing over, in and around an old tree stump in the garden. Do you have terrestrial moss at all? I have some in our back yard if you want to cover the log outside of the water, although aquatic moss will do just as well.
     
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    I do not, have no moss at the moment, I had moss ages ago but changed my tank so gave it all away. (Stupid move I know). Would be great if you have some I can use to cover the top of the wood.

     
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    Definitely :) We're home tomorrow and later Sunday afternoon if you want to collect. I might have a teensy bit of fissidens to spare for you as well. I'll send a pm to you.
     
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    Here's a list of plants that works in ripariums so it should work in an hob filter. Many of them are terrestrial plants. Good luck finding some of them.
    Spathyllium sp. - Peace lily
    Pilea nummulariifolia
    Pilea cadierei - Aluminum plant
    Pilea 'silver tree'
    Pilea 'moon valley'
    Pilea serpyllifolia
    Pilea grandifolia
    Gibasis geniculata - Tahitian bridal veil
    Cryptocorne sp. - C. cordata, C. wendtii, C. ciliata, C. pontederiifolia, C. lutea and many, many others
    Dieffenbachia sp. - Dieffenbachia amoena
    Microsorum pteropus - Java fern including all var.
    Bacopa sp. - B. monnieri, and B. caroliniana
    Chamaedorea elegans - parlor palm
    Dracaena sp. - ?
    Lysimachia nummularia - Creeping Jenny
    Acorus sp.- A. americanus and A. calamus
    Pogonatherum crinitum - Baby panda bamboo
    Cyperus sp. - C. Alternifolius Gracilis, umbrella-sedges, C. papyrus and many others
    Anubias sp. - A. barteri, A. nana, A. hastifolia and many others
    Oplismenus grass
    Echinodorus sp. - E. bleheri, E. cordifolius and other Amazon Swords
    Mosses- Java moss, Christmas moss, Tiawan moss ECT.
    Syngonium sp. - Syngonium wenlandii, many others
    Hygrophila sp. - Hygrophila angustifolia
    Cyrtosperma sp. - Cyrtosperma johnstonii
    Limnophila sp. - Limnophila aromatica
     
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    Got some growing out of the water here:
     

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    Stunning! Will have to see what the nurserys around durbanville have.

     
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    any plant you can grow emersed will grow on a HOB. From staurogyne, to pogostemom, ferns, rotala, crypts, anubias, anything really.
     
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