Pothos in the shrimp and neon tetra tank

Adding Pothos to improve aquarium water quality

Adding Pothos to improve aquarium water quality is something many people do. It’s very easy and anyone can do it.
Adding Pothos to improve aquarium water qualityLooking at some of the more elaborate aquascapes you may see a bunch of leaves swirling their way out of the aquarium and down the side of the tank. This could be Pothos, or also known as Devil’s Ivy.

What is Pothos?

Pothos aswell as Golden Pothos, is a vine, also known as Golden Pothos. It is a plant often used in terrariums, and vivariums as it’s emergent. The plant can grow in either soil or water, proving they receive the right nutrients. Luckily a fish tank is very good at providing the right conditions to grow Pothos in water.
Aswell as looking good, having Pothos in the aquarium helps to improve water quality, removing Nitrates from the water. This is the reason it is used. Many people who don’t use plants in their aquarium will still dangle a bit of this in to help with the water quality as it doesn’t require any maintenance.
Pothos is an extremely hardy plant and it’s very hard to kill. It survives under low light conditions very well. The plant also grows extremely quick under the correct conditions. Pothos is often used in various types of Vivariums also.

How to add it to your aquarium

When you receive your Pothos plant you want to gently remove all the dirt from the roots and then just place it in the aquarium, with the roots submerged in the water. The roots will grow long in the water, and the leaves, emerged, will duplicate, and eventually grow out into a long vine out of the tank.
Rinsing the soil from the Pothos
Pothos after I removed them from their pots, soil still attached to the roots.
Adding Pothos to improve aquarium water quality
Swilled out in a container with some water, be careful not to damage the roots.
Adding Pothos to improve aquarium water quality
Roots swilled and ready to put into the tank, minor bits of dirt won’t really matter inside the tank.
Rinsing the soil from the Pothos
I also put some in a jar to see how well it will grow.
Adding Pothos to improve aquarium water quality
Pothos in the end of my 4ft, 140 Litre tank.
Pothos in the shrimp and neon tetra tank
The roots of the Pothos in my 64 Litre shrimp and neon tetra tank. The roots look natural and are aesthetically pleasing. The shrimp and fish should like them too.

I have a whole bunch of this is both tanks. It’s aesthetically pleasing having it twirl around the edge of the tank or down the side. The roots also look very good, and natural. Again, adding Pothos to improve aquarium water quality is very easy to do, and it will help to remove nitrates.

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