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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-08-2013, 06:17 AM Thread Starter
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Ever Wonder What to do with your Bacopa Trimmings?

So I was doing some research on some of the plants in my aquarium and was wondering if some of the aquarium plants were edible since alot of the plants remind me of a lot of asian herbs that I've seen or eaten.



Apparently Bacopa's are good for brain function and memory.

http://www.ask.com/explore/recipes-u...acopa-monnieri

Pennyworts - Hydrocotyle Verticilatta are blended into a refreshing drink





Now I'm curious to see if I can cruise the Asian grocery store to find a few other plants that I can plant in my aquarium.

Perhaps Vietnamese Coriander (Persicaria odoratum)? or


Rice paddy herb (Limnophila aromatica)



Has anyone else experimented with this?

Now if I want a to pick up a steak I can also get some plants for the aquarium all in one shot. =)
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fanwort is eaten as a vegetable. Water sprite was called pakong roman in our country its also edible.

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I imagine water sprite taste a bit like celery?

Fanwort would be knew to me. Is it bitter?
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I imagine water sprite taste a bit like celery?

Fanwort would be knew to me. Is it bitter?
Tastes... Funny... Could be used in a blend. Tempted to try the duck's weed...
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I should say.. I tasted emerging water sprites..
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We used grow tons of herbs/plants emersed for eating or using for cooking. Turns out almost all of it can be or has been grown in an aquarium. We call Limnophila aromatica Rau Om. It gets a really cool reddish/pink under certain lighting. There's this purplish green herb (can't remember the name right now) that we grow as well. You can stop by a Vietnamese store and buy them or stop by the old Vietnamese ladies who sell herbs and veggies for dirt cheap. If you find a Vietnamese Catholic church, they'll be outside on Sunday in the morning or at least where I went to church. Everything is sold in huge bunches. Kinda like a mini market.
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Ipomoea aquatica is widely eaten where I live. We call it as Kangkung. It's not fully aquatic though, it's semi-aquatic.

It's delicious!
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Ipomoea aquatica is widely eaten where I live. We call it as Kangkung. It's not fully aquatic though, it's semi-aquatic.

It's delicious!
There's a similar dish called that that I ate growing up in the Philippines. It is quite tasty

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Kang kung is the Chinese spinach I believe. sauteed with garlic and you got an awesome side dish. lol
We are essentially growing the ingredients for an expensive salad in our tanks
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Are the substrate and ferts used ok for consumption?


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The pennywort is not hydrocotyle. It is a terrestrial plant. Look it up.

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I would give it a good rinsing before eating it. I mean, it's basically coming from poop water.


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Like any veggie you eat rinse thoroughly. Anything you pull from the ground is basically fertilized by worm poop. So fish poop seems a little less gross but still it's poop none the less. =) That's how most hydroponic systems are setup.



The ferts you use in your aquarium do not kill your fish but the ferts used in terrestial veggies do, not to mention the insecticides that are sprayed on your farm raised products are meant to kill bugs yet we eat those on a daily basis without thinking about it.

That's why organic labelled products cost so much more money. Atleast in your tank you know what your putting in there. Now I'm not trying to make a case to go buy your produce from the local fish store but there is a lot of overlap in terms what we eat and grow in our tanks.

Correct pennywort is a pond plant but can also grow submerged.
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