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post #1 of 6 Old 03-31-2011, 12:23 PM Thread Starter
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Wild plants in the aquarium

Can I put plants found in my local lakes/ streams in my aquarium?? I realize that they will need to be disinfected. where can i find some?

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post #2 of 6 Old 03-31-2011, 04:48 PM
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I don't think I would advise it. First there are likely rules about removing "wildlife" from streams and rivers in your area. Also the fish we keep are tropical usually and the plants are likely colder water plants and could be poisonous to your tropical fish.
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post #3 of 6 Old 04-02-2011, 10:39 AM
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This has risks; introducing parasites/disease mainly. If you disinfect the plant sufficient to deal with these, the plant will probably be dead too.

Another issue is the temperature. If you are in a temperate area where plants die back in winter, they are not accustomed to permanently tropical conditions and usually waste away quickly.

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post #4 of 6 Old 04-02-2011, 11:45 AM Thread Starter
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I'm thinking about doing a test trial with them in a separate setup. I've heard of other people doing this with success.

here are some sites ive been looking at:
wild plants - General Aquarium Plants Discussions - Aquatic Plant Central
Wild Aquatic Plants for an Aquarium | DailyPuppy.com
wild items in tank ok? - Aquariums Forum - GardenWeb
Live in a northern climate? Aquatic plants abound! : Aquatic Plant Central

I do believe though I do need to find the right species but it might work..

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post #6 of 6 Old 04-02-2011, 12:04 PM
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Yes, it can work. Jackiebabie and I were simply answering your initial general question. There are issues. I skimmed through those threads and note they mention them.

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