Philodendron in tank?

Backfromthedead

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Had to move my philodendron in out of the winter cold. No place to put huge pot in my house so i rinsed it off and stuck it in the tank for now.
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My understanding is that the philodendron can not only survive but thrive as long as its leaves remain above the water level. I read its closely related to pothos. Curious to see how much nitrate it will suck up and how big it will grow.
 

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I have pothos, a close cousin, in all my tanks. Helps keep nitrates low and the roots look really neat. My Paradise fish lives in the roots and fights anyone that comes near them.

I recently read that the leaves can be under water but they had to start there and never go out of the water. I have not tried yet but saw something about it and plan to try.

Some images of roots and the hanging vines on 2 of my tanks are attached.

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I forgot to mention to watch for algae on the roots. Knock it off during water changes if you get it. I lost a lot of roots off my one plant due to them being covered.

Now I just run my finger on the root every water change and have not lost any more roots. Sorry forgot until I was looking at my tank today and saw that I need to clean my roots again.
 
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Backfromthedead

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I forgot to mention to watch for algae on the roots. Knock it off during water changes if you get it. I lost a lot of roots off my one plant due to them being covered.

Now I just run my finger on the root every water change and have not lost any more roots. Sorry forgot until I was looking at my tank today and saw that I need to clean my roots again.
Good call. My philodendron is actually 3 smaller ones growing together. I plan to separate them to make it more manageable.
 
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