Plants vs. Filters

Discussion in 'Aquarium Plants' started by Christopher, May 10, 2006.

  1. ChristopherNew MemberMember

    If i got live plants could they replace the fliter or does a filter still have to be in.

    One more thing i am getting another tank after mothers day and i wanted to know if puting plants in the tank would speed up the cycling ;)
     
  2. 0morrokhFishlore VIPMember

    Plants can't replace the filter. They will just help to clean up the water a bit but you need a filter to convert ammonia to nitrite and so on.
    I have no clue if plants will speed up the cycle.
     
  3. IsabellaFishlore VIPMember

    LOL, perhaps in theory, if you had so many plants and so well growing that they'd completely do a filter's job ... lol why not. But seriously now, I wouldn't risk it not having a filter!
     
  4. ChristopherNew MemberMember

    i wasn't going to i was just wondering
     
  5. IsabellaFishlore VIPMember

  6. MarcWell Known MemberMember

    Filters help remove the physical waste from the water. Plants can absorb excess nutrients, nitrates, etc, but a filter still works best for removing anything a plant won't use. The bacteria can and do establish themselves outside of the filter - that's just a major source/home of them in the standard aquarium.

    If you already have plants that have bacteria establish on them, it can help kickstart the cycling process.
     
  7. ButterflyModeratorModerator Member

    The filter also moves the water around and introduces more oxygen to the water for your fish.
    Carol
     
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