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Old 02-11-2005, 09:47 PM   #1
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Using local plants (Hey Buck!)


I'm kinda new here and have asked a few questions, but mostly just reading and viewing EVERYTHING - and loving every minute of it! I am fascinated with the idea of using locally collected plants. It scares me in a way, but certainly makes a great deal of sense. I haven't even made it to the learning curve yet, so forgive me for my ignorance, but I would really like to hear more about this. (And Buck, your website and tanks are a total inspiration!)

First, how do you know if a particular plant is safe for your fish? Or is it the obvious answer - there are fish in the stream, so the plant must be safe?

Do you do anything to "sterilize" the plants first? How concerned should I be about pollutants? Or is it safe to assume that if the fauna and flora in a particular area is thriving, this shouldn't be a concern?

Say I see a moss-covered rock that I like - both the moss and the rock - how do you handle this? (Acid test and such...)

If there is information already here somewhere, please feel free to point me in that direction. I've really tried to use the search button before I open up a new topic, but I haven't been able to find the answers to these questions.

Thanks so much! Kathy
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Old 02-11-2005, 11:25 PM   #2
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Welcome! I am looking forward to having a opportunity to maintain a 'native' tank and since I am waiting on data, I will offer a few comments until Buck steps in:

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First, how do you know if a particular plant is safe for your fish? Or is it the obvious answer - there are fish in the stream, so the plant must be safe?
The plants are generally safe in that they won't eat fish but I cannot promise the opposite. There are few 'plant' diseases so you might not have problems with 'wild plants' with the exception of snails but if there are fish nearby I would be the most worried as you can assume the wild fish have parasites/disease that can possibly be transmitted by the plants. The other risk is that the plant will not live submerged at tropical temperatures.
I would think that the odds of successful transplant/fish disease would go up as the temperatures get closer to each other.

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Do you do anything to "sterilize" the plants first? How concerned should I be about pollutants? Or is it safe to assume that if the fauna and flora in a particular area is thriving, this shouldn't be a concern?
I would start by leaving them in a bucket for awhile. Anyone else?

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Say I see a moss-covered rock that I like - both the moss and the rock - how do you handle this? (Acid test and such...)
If you are worried about the rock, grab a similar rock and test that first? Mosses can do some weird things when submerged. I have always wanted to chuck a piece of moss in a fry tank and see if the micro-fauna can become 'live food.'
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Old 02-12-2005, 12:11 AM   #3
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Thanks Blue Ram! You brought up things I hadn't thought of yet... I'm looking forward to learning more about this. I realize there is probably a LOT of trial and error involved as far as plant survival - my main concern is fish survival. My poor husband is still trying to absorb the thought of a quarantine tank. He's going to love it if I tell him I need another tank just for trying out plants!!!!!

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He's going to love it if I tell him I need another tank just for trying out plants!!!!!

Kathy
Buckets. Holding bucket is spelled very different than quarantine tank. Keep the bucket outside where the temp is about the same + sunlight or bring it inside near light and add a heater to test for survival at tropical temps.
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Bucket and heater vs. (yet) another tank. That'll work!

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