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Re: Pothos Ivy Filter?


<color><param>7F00,0000,0000</param>> It's my understanding that terrestrial plants are better at removing 

> phosphates than aquatic plants (which are better at removing nitrates). I 

> have a setup where it would be easy to dangle the roots of a terrestrial 

> plant in the sump of a planted tank. I've heard that pothos ivy can be 

> poisonous to people, so I was wondering if it would be a good candidate as 

> a phosphate absorbing plant for a tank with fish.  If not, what other 

> plants might be good? 

<color><param>0000,0000,0000</param>I don't know how good pothos is at removing phosphates or nitrates, but thought you  
would be interested to know my experiences of having a pothos plant growing in my 10 
 gallon for over three years. It started as a cutting I just plopped in there and it grew  
roots and slowly sprawled across the bottom and out the top in a hole in the hood. It  
has roots that have buried themselves in the substrate as well as exposed roots in the  
water. It looks very  interesting. I have had no problems with it harming any fish. I have  
the same tiger barbs and paradise fish I have had for over a year and a half.  Before  
that it contained female bettas but they began to harrass each other so I moved them.  
 I do know that nitrates get a little high in this tank, but it is not one that I do regular  
water changes on so that is probably why. My phosphates are low in all my planted  
tanks so can't single it out for that either. It is planted in a tank that also contains java  
moss.  It is an actual pothos plant (Scindapsus aureus) AKA Devil's Ivy not a  
philodendron (Philodendron species). The two plants are not the same. People tend to  
get them mixed up because they look similar but they are two different plants. I don't  
know which one you have but maybe you could do a little research to find out. 

Here's a website with some great pictures: