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Use Fish Aquarium Water for Your Houseplants

By Skiekitty
November 6, 2012

For people who keep freshwater aquariums: when you do your water changes, keep the water for your houseplants or take it outside for your garden. Fish Emulsion is a nice way of saying fish poo, and a lot of expensive organic fertilizers are "fish emulsion". Why spend $20 for a bottle of fish poo when you can get it for free from your aquarium?

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chelle
Nov 5, 2012 6:24 PM CST
We have two small tanks now - with big fish. Hilarious!
So...I need to do frequent partial water changes. My houseplants love this water!
Another good thing about it is (especially during the winter months), it's already at room temperature. Thumbs up
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Joannabanana
Nov 5, 2012 7:35 PM CST
Do you dilute it more? Or just give it to them straight up
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KyWoods
Nov 5, 2012 8:10 PM CST
I just finished watering all my houseplants with aquarium water, and I get on here and see this. Hilarious! Good idea to post this, Skiekitty!
Yep, straight up, no dilution. Oh, and my larger houseplants are fishy graveyards for those that don't make it. I had to bury one tonight. Sad
Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
Nov 6, 2012 5:57 AM CST
Joannabanana said:Do you dilute it more? Or just give it to them straight up


I just dip mine out of the tank and pour it right on the plants.


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Onewish1
Nov 6, 2012 6:13 AM CST
now you make me want to have a fish tank!!!!
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Paul2032
Nov 6, 2012 6:34 AM CST
One caution....I used aquarium water on some small seedling hosta and had mold on the soil in a few days. I had sterilized the soil.
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chelle
Nov 6, 2012 6:43 AM CST
Onewish1 said:now you make me want to have a fish tank!!!!


Thumbs up

I've become so fond of watching mine that I only took half of them outdoors for the summer! They're back inside now, and considerably larger than the ones that spent the summer indoors. They evidently found plenty of larvae to eat.

I've been babying along a rooted start of Blue Butterfly Bush for two years, waiting to see blooms...brought it indoors before the frosts, watered it with aquarium water...and it bloomed! Hurray! Gorgeous flowers on this plant! Lovey dubby


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Shannon
Nov 6, 2012 6:51 AM CST
Great Idea.. When I was breeding fish I always used my fish tank water for my plants and they Loved it.

Alot of fish breeders keep pothos cuttings in the fish tanks to cut back on alge growth in the tanks and

little fish like Killies breed in the roots of the plants..Win Win
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KyWoods
Nov 6, 2012 12:57 PM CST
Pothos cuts down on algae?? Wow, a new use for the thousands of feet of pothos! Thumbs up
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Shannon
Nov 6, 2012 1:48 PM CST
I belonged to a amazing fish club in NJ for a quite a few years and was invited to a friend's
fish room. This was Very special he did not do this often so I was Happy his name was
Rosario Lacort he founded alot of fish and has alot named for him. One of the Neon Tetra
species is named for him. And in "Every"tank he had pothos growing. He siad it kept the
nitrates down and green alge growth down. Since then I never had a tank without it. I even sent
some with my fish when I re-homed them to a lady in Co. And with the tank to Ohio.

You are making me miss my fish Sad Sold my last tank last year to get ready for the move
it was a 200 gallon with fancy goldfish from Hawaii Lovey dubby

Anyone have fishey pictures ??
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chelle
Nov 6, 2012 3:02 PM CST
Here's mine when I first got them, in their outdoor habitat. Smiling

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...and after they came in for the winter.

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They're much larger now. Big Grin Need to take some new pictures...
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Skiekitty
Nov 6, 2012 3:16 PM CST
I let my pond go to hell this summer. I couldn't see it most of the summer (the bluebeards ate the top part of the pond as it's a double pond "waterfall" type), and then the algae took over (gonna try the pothos as it's much more easily controlled than duckwort. The goldfish I had in there ($0.25/feeders) got eaten by birds/neighbor's cats/snakes, so I'm actually debating on ripping the pond out & just saying Sticking tongue out and planting more roses. But I love my pond...
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Onewish1
Nov 6, 2012 3:49 PM CST
chelle said:

Thumbs up

I've become so fond of watching mine that I only took half of them outdoors for the summer! They're back inside now, and considerably larger than the ones that spent the summer indoors. They evidently found plenty of larvae to eat.

I've been babying along a rooted start of Blue Butterfly Bush for two years, waiting to see blooms...brought it indoors before the frosts, watered it with aquarium water...and it bloomed! Hurray! Gorgeous flowers on this plant! Lovey dubby




ooohh that's pretty
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extranjera
Nov 6, 2012 5:28 PM CST
I water most of my potted plants on the terrace with water I dip out of the fish pond, and I have a grocery store phalaenopsis that lives on a ledge over my indoor pond, I dip it into the pond every couple weeks to water it. I also use pothos to filter the indoor pond, they are growing in boxes above the pond and the water gets pumped up through the roots and falls back. No soil at all but the pond is crystal clear, to be fair it doesn't get more than an hour or two of full sun.

I thought about burying the lost fish in plants but I'm afraid the cats would try to dig them up. Instead I fling them into the overgrown lot next door for the feral cats. I suppose that is recycling Rolling my eyes.
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Joannabanana
Nov 6, 2012 5:33 PM CST
All this talk about fish tanks and I realized that the glass under the light was in dire need of cleaning. That was a bit of a job that wasn't planned for today Hilarious!
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Joannabanana
Nov 6, 2012 5:57 PM CST
The kid just walked in and the 1st thing out of her mouth was "Mom, what did you do to the fish tank? It looks different." Hilarious!
Guess who's job it was to keep that tank clean.
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chelle
Nov 6, 2012 6:48 PM CST
My three big swimmers perform fishy water ballet this time of the evening; they're all swimming together, back and forth in front of the glass. They won't let me forget to feed them! When someone walks by they'll actually make a big splash or two; their form of yelling, I guess. Hilarious!


I tried water plants in with my fish. They just ate them. Rolling on the floor laughing

The little shredded particles were a bear to keep out of the pump filter, so I didn't replace them.
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Skiekitty
Nov 7, 2012 9:18 AM CST
Joannabanana said:All this talk about fish tanks and I realized that the glass under the light was in dire need of cleaning. That was a bit of a job that wasn't planned for today Hilarious!


Use a razor blade.. I use one of these for my big aquariums: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000DZD00E/ref=asc_df_B000DZD00E225.... Cleans the front of a 75gal salt in about.. 2-3 minutes.
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Joannabanana
Nov 7, 2012 9:30 AM CST
Yes, we have the glass blade. Issue is the teenager in house hasn't been cleaning it as often as it should be. The top glass under the light had green goo and water mineral deposits that were a bit tough to get off the glass. all good now
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Skiekitty
Nov 7, 2012 9:41 AM CST
Nice 72bow! My DH has the 72bow w/African cichlids... I wanted the bow but he liked it more, so I let him have it. I just have my 44pentagon fresh, 44pentagon salt, & 75FOWLR salt
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