Used flowerpot WARNING

25 Jan

A Spring ritual is putting aquatic plants in clay flowerpots and placing them in my small outdoor pond.

cam03039.jpg

A few years ago this killed some of my fish.

I start with flowerpots plus some clean sand and gravel.

cam03035.jpg

Gravel goes on the bottom.

Then the plant, maybe a little soil, then sand on top.

cam03037.jpg

 

As I mentioned,  a few years ago there was a problem. I had fancy goldfish, platies and swordtails in the pond. Everything seemed fine but after a week the goldfish were dying and the small fish had quit eating and were sitting at the bottom.

I captured the remaining fish, then completely cleaned the pond. I still had no idea what had happened.

It was a year later that the president of the local fish club (Mr. LVH) said something about pesticides in used flowerpots. It became clear as a bell.

I had bought some used flowerpots at a garage sale. My first use of them was in the pond. Things were fine for a week but then the poison began leaching out.

Another week went by and I had dead fish. The ones that were brought inside were thin and disfigured but, if they could be induced to eat, recovered quickly.

So if you buy used clay flowerpots soak them for several days in a bucket of water. Pour out the water and do it at least 3 times over a week.

Also in Springtime I put Water Lettuce outdoors that has been growing in an aquarium.

20151216_200955.jpg

First, I put the plants in a plastic container and tuck it in a shady spot to avoid sunburn.

cam03032.jpg

If I move it into sunshine too soon it looks like this.

cam02981.jpg

Water Lettuce can recover and eventually gets accustomed to bright sun, but I think it does best in partial shade.

Partway through summer I have to remove handfuls of Water Lettuce from the pond.

cam03116.jpg

I also have flowerpots in several of my aquariums.

Amazon Swords do best growing in soil.

The only problem growing aquatic plants in pots is that the plants grow too fast.  The tank becomes a jungle. Not a bad problem  to have.

20160521_074818.jpg

 

Advertisements

3 Responses to “Used flowerpot WARNING”

  1. becomingcliche January 26, 2017 at 12:20 pm #

    I had never thought about raising sword plants in soil. How much soil, and what kind do you use?

    • fishtanx2011 January 26, 2017 at 12:34 pm #

      I just use a plain gardening soil with no pesticides, of course. Just a half cup in the pot is enough.

      • becomingcliche January 26, 2017 at 12:37 pm #

        Excellent! they are so expensive, and I ALWAYS kill them!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: