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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-15-2013, 04:58 AM Thread Starter
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Local harvesting sites?

I was wondering where some places are I could go if I wanted to harvest my own aquatic plants. Are there any databases I could check? I live in south Florida and if any were around me, I wouldn't know it. Any tips would be great!
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-17-2013, 03:16 AM
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Lake Okeechobee?

Take a kayak/canoe trip along the many "hatches" across Florida.

Many of the springs in North Florida too.
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post #3 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-20-2013, 02:59 AM
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any ditches that regularly hold freshwater are a good bet. I've found a lot of ludwigia repens in the ditches of gainesville... where you are there's bound to more since your more tropical
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Yea thats where i do my best work. Ludwigia repens and bacopa all you can handle, but theres gotta be more to find out here
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Setting up a native Florida tank would be cool.
I have a lake in my backyard, But like everyone is saying.. Loaded w/ bacopa and Ludwigia.

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All over the canals around the Everglades! Right off the side of the roads. Just be careful about the gators.

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I'm thinking more like palm beach county. Everglades just seems like a place you go and sometimes you come back, sometimes you don't come back.. (jaws)
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I'm thinking more like palm beach county. Everglades just seems like a place you go and sometimes you come back, sometimes you don't come back.. (jaws)
Don't forget about the gator eating snakes too
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I was wondering where some places are I could go if I wanted to harvest my own aquatic plants. Are there any databases I could check? I live in south Florida and if any were around me, I wouldn't know it. Any tips would be great!
I live near tampa and i have found pearl weed in my local lakes! I dont trust it but i thought it was cool to see carpets of the stuff!
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I live near tampa and i have found pearl weed in my local lakes! I dont trust it but i thought it was cool to see carpets of the stuff!
There's always the dip
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I pulled all of this except the Anubias out of a ditch in Boynton Beach

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post #12 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-27-2014, 04:54 PM
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Almost any canal or lake in S. Fla. can provide a half dozen or so desirable plants. I used to stock small tanks years ago with local plants. Either quarantine the plants or use in tanks with fish you don't care too much about. Hitch hikers may be abundant. BTW, some of the south Dade canals have very clear water so the plants are also a bit cleaner and healthier. Canals within a few miles of MIA are stocked with exotic plants and fish that have escaped throughout the years from the tropical fish importers. About 8 years ago there was a community of jewel cichlids off the turnpike and 74th.
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Almost any canal or lake in S. Fla. can provide a half dozen or so desirable plants. I used to stock small tanks years ago with local plants. Either quarantine the plants or use in tanks with fish you don't care too much about. Hitch hikers may be abundant. BTW, some of the south Dade canals have very clear water so the plants are also a bit cleaner and healthier. Canals within a few miles of MIA are stocked with exotic plants and fish that have escaped throughout the years from the tropical fish importers. About 8 years ago there was a community of jewel cichlids off the turnpike and 74th.
Very interesting......

What's the best time of the year to go look to avoid the gators ?
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Gators are overrated, They tend to veer away from humans. It's rare to have problems. If you spot a gator, toss a rock between you and it. If it comes to you find another spot. People have been feeding it and it has lost it's fear. Spring time is mating season and the males become more territorial. The only gators I've been bitten by I was F%$#ing with and deserved it.
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Yeah, I agree, gators are not much risk, but do be cautious of snakes, cottonmouths are frequent around fresh water here (well, I'm west coast, but I assume east as well). Also a ton of look alike water snakes that are harmless and helpful so don't go killing what you find! But do be cautious treading ground that you cannot see clearly. I generally carry a minnow net and swing the pole end ahead of me through tall grass, etc.

And then just as you get up on dry land and stop worrying, the fire ants come out....

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