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Old 10-18-2012, 04:26 AM   #1
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Banned aquarium plants in NY?


Is there a list? I wandered around the DEC web site to no avail--though I did see a few mentions of the giant frogbit/duckweed/lettuce/floating plant problem.
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Old 10-18-2012, 04:34 AM   #2
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You can't ship hygro sunset between state lines. However, you can ship it in state.
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You can't ship hygro sunset between state lines. However, you can ship it in state.
wow, I don't even know this, glad that I have a few in my tank.
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Old 10-18-2012, 05:02 AM   #4
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Actually, all forms of hygrophila polysperma are illegal to ship over state lines.
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Old 10-18-2012, 12:43 PM   #5
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I think NY only needs to worry about the federal list, which should be here: http://plants.usda.gov/java/noxiousDriver#federal

CT has a crazy long list, but I understand their reasons. Actually, I have finally identified some of my plants and need to destroy them. I don't WANT to accidentally release them into local waters. It's not worth the risk when I do a water change.

As I understand it, it's not owning the plant that's illegal, it's transporting it across state lines. And of course dumping it, but no one should be doing that intentionally anyway.
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Very helpful, thank you. I am sort of surprised, given New York's problems with things like zebra mussels, that we aren't more like Texas in terms of plant legality. (I guess in Texas you can be fined for even owning banned plants unless you have a special license. Which is why I asked this question in the first place.)
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Old 10-18-2012, 09:01 PM   #7
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I know they recently made anacharis aka elodea illegal.
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Elodea canadensis is native to North America and not a concern (don't release it anyway because it may carry non-native organisms from your tank). Egeria densa is the invasive species (not necessarily in New York as the state does not have specific laws). Both can be referred to as anacharis, which is an outdated genus name. The former has three leaves per whorl, and the latter one has four or more.

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