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post #1 of 7 Old 03-31-2011, 02:52 PM Thread Starter
Edible aquarium plants?

i was serching online for some info on aquarium plants and came acroos some articles that talks about some plants like pennywort and creeping charlie as being edible. anyone know anything baout this kinda stuff?>

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post #2 of 7 Old 03-31-2011, 04:31 PM
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Excuse me....? Edible for humans? I don't know that I would risk that.... we should not even start a syphon hose and swallow water from our tanks since diseases can be transferred to humans. Ewwww... No? lol

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Excuse me....? Edible for humans? I don't know that I would risk that.... we should not even start a syphon hose and swallow water from our tanks since diseases can be transferred to humans. Ewwww... No? lol
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post #4 of 7 Old 03-31-2011, 07:11 PM
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Hahahaha. Silly me.... Plants that are grown outside of an aquarium but known to be "Aquarium Plants". Nothing to do with growing IN an aquarium. English interpretation. LOL. That's too funny.
No I have not heard of these being edible... after all that. lol

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post #5 of 7 Old 04-01-2011, 12:47 AM
No I believe your your first understanding was right jackibabie..... afterall I think this thread arose from the hydroponics thread.

I'm still looking for aquarium diseases transferred to humans besides the very rare Mycobacterium marinum, which is more or less harmless.... unless you are a fish(then your dead lol). Till then I'll keep starting that siphon.

I grow pennywort..... and no I don't eat it. When pruning that plant it has a very particular smell. Only aquatic I have that I can say has a smell lol. My cats won't eat it. I assume the species they do eat out of my cuttings pile are probably the tastiest ones... lol. Cabomba, star grass, possible some hygrophilia species would be your best bet IMO. My cats will eat those and unfortunately star grass is not safe from my fish either. Cabomba I do know is edible.

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post #6 of 7 Old 04-01-2011, 03:00 PM
ive drank several mouthfuls of aquarium water in the past few years, no problems so far... I totally didnt even think of disease from my fishtank... maybe i need one of those siphon starter hand pumps...
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post #7 of 7 Old 04-02-2011, 11:36 AM
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There's really only one disease that transfers to humans, and it's the fish tB- AKA Mycobacterium.

If you have it in your tank, you would know. The symptoms aren't subtle- curved spinal columns, severe wasting, extreme dropsy, and more or less a quick death. It's slow growing, but still.

Symptoms and treatment in humans-
When aquarists become infected with fish tuberculosis, it normally starts as a skin problem. Mycobacterium marinum is a slow growing mycobacterium and it can therefore take several weeks before you notice any symptoms. The first sign is normally small purple lesions or “bumps”. The lesions will grow and spread and Mycobacterium marinum can proceed to destroy the soft tissue under the skin, including tendons and joints. In severe cases, fish tuberculosis can spread to the bones and cause symptoms similar to arthritis.


Plants don't catch this though... I bet a simply rinse would be fine for eating plants, or simply let them grow emersed.

Have you thought of water chestnuts growing emersed?

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