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. Buy Pothos here from Amazon.

Adding Pothos to improve aquarium water quality

Looking 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 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, providing 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, by removing Nitrates from the water. This is the reason so many people us it. 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, so under high lighting, it can grow extremely quick. 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 place it in the aquarium, with the roots submerged in the water. The roots will grow long in the water, taking in all those nutrients from the tank, and with the leaves out of the water, will 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 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. Buy pothos here from Amazon

 

I also made a YouTube video on the subject.