Apollyon wrote: ↑Tue Dec 22, 2020 3:21 am
Hey guys, I did something on a whim after reading a little bit about them and purchased some aquatic ferns (salvinia minima) with some frog-somethingorother as a bonus and dumped them in the open part of my cp trays. One of my trays began to grow algae in the tray which surprisingly was never a problem before. Shifting the pots around, it ended up spreading so I was thinking about how to treat the algae in the trays and landed on a natural idea. The train of thought was ironically similar to how my CP fascination began.
I read from some people who swear that the plants will actually filter and "purify" their water by absorbing all of the excess minerals and nutrients that decompose from the pots, effectively choking out the algae, giving the plants cleaner water, and giving the trays an interesting presentation.
Theoretically it made sense and they're in a controlled space, I was just wondering if anyone else has tried to something like this and what their thoughts were. I will test my ppm tomorrow in the trays and again in about a week. It says they reproduce rapidly.
Frogbit! It's invasive and on many states' "Noxious Weed Lists", so be especially careful to avoid legal trouble or contaminating environments. Indoors, and in my walled fish pond, amazing, however.
Yes, quickly proliferating plants are amazing since they detoxify water for both CP and animals. Aldrovanda should always be grown with quickly growing utrics or other pond plants for this reason; It is quite sensitive to mineral burn. Awesome idea!
This seems similar to a Refugium, google it. Saltwater keepers use them all the time, but for nitrates, not minerals. I wonder if you could 'distill' water in a bucket by putting some plants inside?