Ponds and Water Gardening forum: Dieffenbachia in a pond filter??

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Name: Jonna
Mérida, Yucatán, México (Zone 13a)
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extranjera
Apr 28, 2013 3:51 PM CST
Has anyone tried one of the common dumb cane plants bare root in a skippy type filter? I'm thinking of giving it a try. I finally refilled my indoor pond today, after over a month of the fish in barrels and lots of work in the area. The back wall is now tiled instead of painted and there is a glass shield to keep the worst of the splash off the hall floor. It gets lots of light as there is a space above that is open but direct sun only for a few hours and only in the summer. I've had philodendron and pothos in there before and they do OK, not bad and not great. I think they lack nutrients as the fish in the pond are cichlids not large producers of fertilizer.
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Name: Carolyn Madden
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Carolyn22
Apr 28, 2013 5:42 PM CST
Sounds like a good idea, Jonna. Don't know if it will work or not. Do you have pictures?
Name: Jonna
Mérida, Yucatán, México (Zone 13a)
Garden Procrastinator The WITWIT Badge Region: Mexico I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Ponds Tropicals
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extranjera
Apr 29, 2013 11:11 AM CST
yes, I have pictures. Here is the pond before the changes. In the first one you can see the opening to an upstairs terrace that lets in sunlight and rain. Only from May to September is the sun in the right spot directly overhead to let in full sunlight, the rest of the year it is very bright but no direct sun.

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and here it is today.

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You can see the glass shield that was installed which seems to be doing the job at keeping the splash off the hall floor. Certainly it works a lot better than the old logs I had put there to try and stop some of it. I was amazed that they were able to get the stain off the floor.
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Here are some of my poor fish in the barrels, I've lost quite a few Crying
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A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.
Name: Carolyn Madden
Pennsylvania
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Carolyn22
Apr 29, 2013 4:18 PM CST
Beautiful Jonna. I love it! It is so unique!
Name: Tom
Nooksack, WA (Zone 8a)
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TomPNW
Jun 1, 2013 8:37 AM CST
Very nice, a quite formal appearance Jonna. Thumbs up
As for Dieffenbachia, I haven't found any reference as to them liking their feet wet all the time. They are not listed as a bog plant either. I believe they grow in forest jungles which is usually well drained humus. Also I'm sure you are aware they contain a toxic sap so that might not be good for the fish especially if they start to deteriorate. I would suggest Cannas, they have a similar leaf shape and size and they will grow in water (discussed in another thread).

Name: Jonna
Mérida, Yucatán, México (Zone 13a)
Garden Procrastinator The WITWIT Badge Region: Mexico I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Ponds Tropicals
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extranjera
Jun 20, 2013 10:35 AM CST
I think you are right Tom. I was also told the same by a local gardener, that they don't like their feet wet and would not do well. So, instead I'm trying to convince some pothos that they are still at the top of a tree so they will continue to produce the larger leaves. We'll see how that works, in the past I've let them drape over the sides and they go back to having small leaves.

Here's a pic from today.

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A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.
Name: tarev
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tarev
Jun 20, 2013 11:09 AM CST
Oh I like your set-up too Jonna Lovey dubby Clean looking lines!

I wonder if you can try amaryllids..I have tried growing an amaryllis in a glass container with hydroton rocks & gel beads indoors by the window, so far it has survived, not sure though if you like to put hydroton rocks in your nice upper display. The location of the sun would surely work well too when it is just growing foliage after the bloom season. Then nice blooms for spring. Smiling

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