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human edible aquarium plants?

Ok, crazy question - are any common freshwater aquarium plants eaten by humans or other mammals safety?
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a lot actually. bacopa monnieri for example has got extremely good medicinal value so taken quite often, quite a few hydrocotyle species are eaten on a regular basis - these are eaten in India so I know..perhaps few more are eaten some place elsee as well..

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a lot actually. bacopa monnieri for example has got extremely good medicinal value so taken quite often, quite a few hydrocotyle species are eaten on a regular basis - these are eaten in India so I know..perhaps few more are eaten some place elsee as well..

Thanks, know quite a bit of things eat duckweed so imagine that would not be harmful.
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This topic always seems to come up every few months, and I always find myself linking to the following page:

http://waynesword.palomar.edu/genimg2.htm

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This topic always seems to come up every few months, and I always find myself linking to the following page:

http://waynesword.palomar.edu/genimg2.htm

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Duckweed foods are probably pretty good for you, but I don't know about the taste... I have a buddy who's big into neotropics or whatever... So we tried some bacopa the other day.. worse than dandelion. Water sprite is pretty pungent. Hydrocotyle is made into canned beverages in some parts of the world, haven't tried that either..
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If you go to your local Asian market and go to the drinks aisle, there are some drinks that contain aquatic or semi-aquatic plants, such as a pennywort drink, but they don't taste too good.
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Mentha aquatica might work. Its edible but i don't know about long term aquarium life.
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I feed excess duckweed to my wife's rabbits and they seem to like it. They have very picky digestive systems, so I think they would have issues if it was unhealthy. I've never had the urge to try it though.

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I've heard pennywort is often use for salads.
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I hear Limnophillia aromatica is edible......might have to see about that some time lol

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Yup.

A member over at SCAPE posted a pictures of his 4 foot long rotalas.

Another member then replied: "I'll give you a dollar if you video tape yourself eating it like spaghetti."

And the OP did just that. Here's the video.
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Yup.

A member over at SCAPE posted a pictures of his 4 foot long rotalas.

Another member then replied: "I'll give you a dollar if you video tape yourself eating it like spaghetti."

And the OP did just that. Here's the video.
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Great video!

I'm not a member there so can't see when they logged in last to check if lived :-p

Ok, confess, not really interested in personally eating it - but have pet rats also so if stuff needs trimmed wouldn't mind throwing it in their dinner if stuff is safe!
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Yup.

A member over at SCAPE posted a pictures of his 4 foot long rotalas.

Another member then replied: "I'll give you a dollar if you video tape yourself eating it like spaghetti."

And the OP did just that. Here's the video.
Rofl!! He actually ate the 4 foot rotala! Wow funny and good video of him doing it. Thanks for sharing the link to vid.

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