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hydrilla(ish) plant as a filler plant (for ei plant density) - edited

ok, I have pretty much everything I want in my tank, and given the size of the plants at the lfs, do not see how I am going to add much more that way (espcially without going broke).

I know of a possible source of a hydrilla(ish) plant - am not certain if it is hydrilla, elodea, or egeria. This source was a roughly 500 gallon outdoor cement tank (for cattle), the plant was introduced some 25+ years ago. In that it has been there since at leist the 70's, I am hopefully that it is not hydrilla (I am now aware that if it is hydrilla, it is illegal to own or transport in Texas (thanks for reminding me before I did something absent minded and stupid) - the other two might be ok (one is native, the other is not - will try to identify then research if it is legal, think the non-native is likely to be restricted, but not sure if it is in Texas or not - this is too complicated).

Am I insane thinking of adding this as a filler plant as everything else in the tank grows to size. I have little history about how the plant got there and am not possitive it still exists.

This is an outdoor plant, so no telling what may be attached to it. Course most of the lfs plants may be comming from no better. should I do it? should I soak?

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I usually just rinse plants I collect, but I am crazy like that.
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ok, I have pretty much everything I want in my tank, and given the size of the plants at the lfs, do not see how I am going to add much more that way (espcially without going broke).

I do have a pond (err outdoor water tank) stocked with hydrilla (and probably goldfish). Am I insane thinking of adding this as a filler plant as everything else in the tank grows to size.

This is an outdoor plant, so no telling what may be attached to it. Course most of the lfs plants may be comming from no better. should I do it? should I soak?

You are aware that Hydrilla is a banned noixious weed in tX and every state in the USA?

Use Egeria najas in place of it(this is legal and looks nicer and grows in tanks well) and bury it and inform the local ag commissioner where it is and coming in from to the state.

It's biopollution.
Get rid of it before it infest all your local streams and replaces all the native neat plants and waste lots of money for control programs.

Pond owners are particularly ignorant about Hydrilla and most of the infestations lately have been from pond sources/hobbyist.


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Ok, bad, bad idea.

Once upon a time (about 25 years ago) I had a direct source it. Either through chemical run off (from a road), an infestation of another plant (we called it duck weed), or perhaps devine intervention, the "Hydrilla" (as I knew it at the time) died.

I am under the impression that the original (indirect) source remains (I was told it did, but have not actually looked myself for quite a few years). When I get the chance I will try to get a more possitive identification from it.

I forgot about the ban since I do not fish or boat as much as I used to. Lake Austin (which is about 4 miles from my house) has to be lowered annually to control it.

Please forgive me for inadvertantly asking about something potentionally illegal.

Have tried doing some research into this weed issue - comming to realize it is a lot bigger issue than I originally realized. Like the Texas fine is $200-$2000 per plant. A 500 gallon tub could = a million dollar fine in theory.

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No sweat, just a FYI.

Mainly awareness, noxious weeds are everybody's issue.

Kill weeds!!!

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