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want to do a plant pot thing acros the back of the tank
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i want to build a trough type plant pot to go across the bck of the tank to grow pothos, so the roots will grow and dangle in the top of the tank. the only thing is i cant work out how to allow the roots access tothe water without dumping a load of soil into the tank. the pot is going to made of perspex. you think if i just drilled a load of holes that would do ? or i may be able to get some expanded stainless steel grill from work and make the bottom out of that. any ideas would be great.
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You don’t need to use soil. The roots will happily sit in just the water as that’s where they will get their nutrients from. I grew pothos in my goldfish tank for a while having the roots in a fry net.

@fr499y has a few different plants emmersed in one of his tanks too.
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Yep @Cheltgirl is right you don't need soil for pothos.

This is one of my tanks that has it growing out the sump in the back. It also has some bamboo on the ends.

The pic is after a cut, as it grows quite quick up the wall so I trim it every so often.

I have also grown peace Lilly's and even strawberries! All with just the roots in the water.
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It literally grows anywhere tbh. Here it is on a bowl of the water on top of a book case of mine.

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so what do you do to hold them? just a flat plate of perspex with holes to hold th stems? or my trough thing with holes for the roots and meybe some gravel to pretty it up a bit? first time trying anything like this
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Spider plants work well in just water, too.

You could put some gravel or some pebbles in, just for the extra hold. Once the plants get going with their roots, though, that can be enough to keep them in place - its becomes like a loose ball of wool.
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PS: Some people have used perspex bathroom holders (intended for toothbrushes or as shower caddies) with suckers. Those containers are already pre-drilled with holes and you just pop as many or as few as you like along the back of the tank.
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good idea, miht have a look in b an m later when we pop out for dinner stuff.
oh no, just had a thought after i posted, wont be able to use suckers on the back, going to have a dbackground on the tank. bugger.
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Unless you put the planters in first and then fix the background around it? Or perhaps get some plastic hooks to hook the container into/over the background?

I'm sure there is a solution available - I find a good rummage in my local hardware shop (proper old-fashioned, filled to the rafters and completely overwhelming to a visitor but the guy who runs it know exactly where anything is) usually works.
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https://www.aquariumforums.co.uk/forumdi...php?fid=38 I made a couple of threads when forum was first setup Smile

IF you are going to use a substrate in the planter, go with aquaponics clay substrate.
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yorkiejeff Wrote:i want to build a trough type plant pot to go across the bck of the tank to grow pothos, so the roots will grow and dangle in the top of the tank.

Out of curiosity, the pothos plant is poisonous as it contains calcium oxalates, will this effect the fish if the roots are dangling in the water?
I don't know which is why I am asking the question.

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(09-09-2019, 10:09 AM)Stephen Wrote:
yorkiejeff Wrote:i want to build a trough type plant pot to go across the bck of the tank to grow pothos, so the roots will grow and dangle in the top of the tank.

Out of curiosity, the pothos plant is poisonous as it contains calcium oxalates, will this effect the fish if the roots are dangling in the water?
I don't know which is why I am asking the question.

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Potentially, according to this:

https://fishtankmaster.com/pothos-in-aquarium/

Is pothos toxic to aquarium fish?

No, not at all. Fish does not nip on the pothos roots. As such, there’s no need to worry. However, if a fish such as goldfish nibbles on it, it is likely to lead to some unpleasant allergy. In fact, the fry can succumb to gastro problems.
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I made sure I kept the roots of mine tucked inside the fry net to avoid them being eaten. Didn’t look pretty though. Took it out in the end. A better designed ‘pot’ would work much better.
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didnt know that but a lot of folk have used them in tanks. just hope it all works.
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Can I use a Philodendron Scandens ? My sister has got one growing down a book case!
It looks great, smaller heart shaped leaves than a 'real' pothos from what I can find Smile
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now you have got me with ltin names lol
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