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Old 08-27-2010, 07:51 PM   #1 
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Pothos/ Devil's Ivy

So I have a HUGE pothos, also known as Devil's ivy, plant in my house. Its a very common house plant and this is what it looks like in case you arent familiar with the name.


I know that cuttings can grow roots in water. Ive done a bit of research and many people use it for their aquariums but the verdicts not completely out yet. This plant is supposed to be great for sucking up nitrates and ammonia since it grows so fast and some people have even reported success at growing it submerged. I though that was cool as I want to maintain good water quality since my tank doesnt have a filter. I have come across sites where people keep this plant in their betta, community and even goldfish tanks with no problem. Anyways, I was thinking of maybe putting a cutting in my tank and see how it goes. I do have a java fern that is doing wonderfully and am planning on buying more aquatic plants. But I think this would make a nice addition. Has anyone else done this and can vouch that it's safe? The plant IS listed as toxic to cats, dogs, and humans. However, some people feed it to their reptiles and other animals with absolutely no problems. Here's a pic of someone's betta with a pothos tank (Yes I know that tank is small, mine is similar but bigger than that). What do you guys think?

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Old 08-28-2010, 04:13 AM   #2 
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i think they look lovely! would love tanks like that. BUT i can imagine that the plants dont appreciate frequent water changes...?
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Old 08-28-2010, 11:29 AM   #3 
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That is AWESOME!!! I have one of those that I am cutting back all the time - would LOVE to try it in a tank IF somebody can tell me it's safe for a betta!!!
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Old 08-28-2010, 12:17 PM   #4 
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i think they look lovely! would love tanks like that. BUT i can imagine that the plants dont appreciate frequent water changes...?
I dont see why not, this plant is almost impossible to kill lol. Besides, i do 3 water changes a week and my java fern doesnt seem to mind. It started growing babies on the tips of its leaves!


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That is AWESOME!!! I have one of those that I am cutting back all the time - would LOVE to try it in a tank IF somebody can tell me it's safe for a betta!!!
Ok so I just googled "pothos betta" and I haven't come across anyone who said this plant has killed their fish. So I'm going to try it out. *crosses fingers*
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Old 08-28-2010, 02:20 PM   #5 
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Check THIS out:


http://gtaaquaria.com/forum/showthread.php?t=7619

I also am going to try it, but just in ONE!!! :)
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Old 08-28-2010, 02:33 PM   #6 
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Oh dang thats nice. In case that link gets deleted here's the pic
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Old 08-28-2010, 04:11 PM   #7 
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Haha I have this plant in a pot right above my 10 gallon... I want to try it!
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Old 08-28-2010, 04:39 PM   #8 
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I have not used that species of plant in my tanks, but I have used peace lily and willow branches (only roots in the water) submersed in my tanks and filter box without any problems...except that the shrimp used them to escape....lol....

I have heard of the ivy being used in a submersed state and IMO would think it would be safe, but you would need to keep the leaf out of the water and monitor the roots so that they did not hinder the fish ability to swim or come up for air. I have heard of Betta being trapped by the roots and have died with other application such as this...so be watchful......
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Old 08-28-2010, 04:55 PM   #9 
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Why would the leaves be harmful? I was putting it in my tank and the cuttings from the original vine contain the leaves, which go underwater even when i lightly set it in the water...so it's impossible to bury the stem without leaves being underwater... I am researching a bit and found these pics of people who use it.

http://www.bettatude.com/Misc/pothos-submerged.jpg
http://cdn.aquariumadvice.com/forums...1&d=1198985644

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It is what the leaves cause that is the problem, leaves not meant to live emersed (under water) will soon start to rot and foul the water creating a toxic environment for the fish. Also you may not want to bury the roots, they will do better if allowed to be in the water column to use the nutrients.
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