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musho3210 01-11-2007 06:55 PM

Recycling aquarium water
 
Well heres my plan. In spring time im going to have a lot of plants outside my room on the balcony. I would like to grow vegetables etc. I plan on using aquarium water to use on the plants. I thought this would be a good idea since aquarium plants use nitrates in the water, why wont gardening plants use nitrates? Would this work as a fertelizer/water or just water.

St6_Devgru 01-11-2007 09:25 PM

i tried that with my roses.....my roses are still alive and nice.....for vegetables...........are you gonna eat it lol? if ull eat it,,,,ihave some lemon grass and herbs etc.....i think its ok. they dont give us problems when we eat. best for us to do more research until its safe to say.

musho3210 01-11-2007 09:30 PM

yeah i'll eat them. My mom would like it so she wouldnt always have to buy em. I will grow carrots, basil, and maybe potatoes.

tophat665 01-11-2007 09:31 PM

I was reading on another forum some time ago (the krib, I think) about how water from water changes makes the best possible watering water for orchids. If Orchids like it, it should be fine with vegetables.

musho3210 01-11-2007 09:34 PM

hmm, is nitrates poisones to humans?

joeshmoe 01-11-2007 09:35 PM

na i dont think so

bettababy 01-12-2007 01:12 AM

By the time the plant uses the nitrates for food, the biproduct would be non toxic for humans in the situation you are describing. I use aquarium water to grow awesome tomatoes, spices, lettuce, and other veggies. I also use my pond water for watering my veggie garden a few times/month. It's the best fertilizer you could ask for, and its free!
Happy Gardening!

weaselnoze 01-12-2007 05:05 PM

ditto on what everyone said. i dump my water out in the flower beds outside and this year we have plants coming up already! its mid freakin january! its a great fertilizer and the warm weather helps too.

fish_4_all 01-12-2007 05:34 PM

I grew roses, crysanthemums, cabbage, romaine lettuce, green beans, lavander, and pretty much anything else IO wanted using tank water from water changes. The plants absolutely loved it and I never had a problem. The slugs didn't like it though. :twisted:

musho3210 01-12-2007 06:25 PM

well who likes slugs....


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