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Old 08-15-2009, 09:44 AM   #1 
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Question Local Wild Plants?

What are your thoughts on using wild plants gathered from local streams or ponds for use in a tank? Just curious, kinda seems wasteful to me to drive by lots of local plants to go buy something from a store. I know there's a concern about pesticides and chemicals, is there something I can do to mitigate this issue? perhaps giving the plants a long soak time (2 weeks or more) with maybe daily 50% changes before introducing fish?
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Old 08-15-2009, 09:54 AM   #2 
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You will also want to be very careful in which type of plants you use. Remember that a fish tank is a contained environment. Do research on the plants you are considering for the tank to make sure they do not release any unwanted levels of ammonia, etc.
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Old 08-17-2009, 11:21 PM   #3 
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I would be more worried about parasites and such.
But I honestly really don't know to much on the topic.. I'm sure a more knowledgeable member does though. :)
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Old 08-18-2009, 07:42 AM   #4 
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Personally, I really wouldn't. There are just too many variables to control and I have had problems even with driftwood that I have gathered despite my diligent scrubbing and boiling for hours. A fishtank is a closed environment so even something that looks fine can have terrible effects on aquarium fish (such as tozxins or parasites)......I just wouldn't chance it.
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