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Reuse your Aquarium water

I was wondering if I can water my house plants with my siphoned aquarium water every week.

I know its probably good for them based on the fish waste but I am wondering if EI dry dosing will cause this water to be too strongly fertilized for house plants?

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I do it without issue.
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I use it to water my outside gardens as well. Biggest hastas I have ever had in my life!
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With 1,000 gallons of water running, I use 40 to 90 gallons of water per day.

It ALL gets re-used. Houseplants and garden.

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I use the water resulting of cleaning the sponge of my canisters when I clean them every other month or so. It's a heck of a rich water...

I read lots of people here water their plants with water tank.


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My orchids absolutely love it!!
ichy, do you have a thread or something here on orchid. That is something I would like to get familiar with.


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No, but a couple other people do...

I'm pretty much a hack with them! I have good luck with just watering them, and throwing them outside for the summer. For some reason they are thriving on my abuse!

There is a recent thread about a new orchidarium. Have a look at that one.

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Orchids are actually a snap.

The tough part is in reading up on the species and understanding their seasonal requirements. Some need to go pretty much bone dry, etc. The fact that supermarkets now sell dirt cheap Phlas just kind of confuses people because they've been forced to bloom, and we can't reproduce the process.

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I water both house plants and outdoor ornamentals with the aquarium water.

If you are concerned about salts building up in your house plants, once in a while use regular tap water to water your potted plants thoroughly. I rarely do this but when I do, I just bring the pot to the sink, water away until it drips out the bottom freely for a few seconds. You can usually see salt accumulation at the soil line (where the soil meets the pot, there's a crust on the pot). Sometimes I just scrape it off.

TBH once I stopped using commercial ferts regularly on my house plants I have not had to do this.

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I use it for my dogs, they love it.
Whatever large amounts is left I mix with bleach and use for hand washing laundry or the topping off the kiddie pool
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I use it for my dogs, they love it.
Whatever large amounts is left I mix with bleach and use for hand washing laundry or the topping off the kiddie pool
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Orchids are actually a snap.

The tough part is in reading up on the species and understanding their seasonal requirements. Some need to go pretty much bone dry, etc. The fact that supermarkets now sell dirt cheap Phlas just kind of confuses people because they've been forced to bloom, and we can't reproduce the process.
Throw them outside for the summer, when fall comes along and the nights get cool they will bloom again.

I buy/rescue the sickly ones at the stores and repot, fertilize with tank water and give them a summer vacation outdoors, So far they are digging it!

Sorry for the thread jack...

Bump: Maybe I could sell my used tank water to Tom Selleck???

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If you use excel, don't reuse for consumption like for edible garden plants. You don't want to consume the stuff.
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I would think it is great for plants. I didn't know about the excel issue as mentioned above.
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