Invasive Species Questions and Responsibilities

CrayonandMarker

Hello Everyone,

I like to think of myself as a fairly responsible aquarium keeper. I don't throw plants down the drain. I compost them instead. I try not to buy invasive species and one kind of Salvinia that I got as a hitchhiker and is listed as invasive for my area I am extra careful not to wash down the drain, but I have some questions.

These are more moral questions than legal but I would welcome advice in either direction:

1. Should I do anything to treat my discard water (like adding bleach) before flushing it?
2. I love parrot feathers. They are invasive so I will not buy any for my tanks, but if I find some out in nature, is it responsible to harvest some for my tanks? I would try to get the roots to help with the invasiveness problem but I am not adding to the plants in the area, I am rehoming them. Is this ok?
3. Should I remove the floaters that I have learned are invasive from my tanks? I am fairly sure I had them before they were added to my state list, and I really like them. However, I don't want to make a problem worse. I am careful to not get them down the drain, but perhaps they can spore in the water column, I really don't know??
 

mimo91088

For me I don't so much have a moral issue with that. If you engage in responsible practices then the chance of anything from your tank making it out into nature are ruled out. My worries would be more in regards to the legality. I sell in local Facebook groups. And I can easily see someone noticing something in the background of a pic and making a stink about it. None of us ever want that knock on the door from the DCR. Potential fines just aren't worth it.
 
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Jaquatic

Depends where the water goes from your drain. They won’t make spores but a small piece could end up in a drain. I had a bucket of old gravel on my back deck it was subjected to below freezing temps for 2 weeks at least. Brought it inside washed and set up a new tank. Few weeks later cryptocorynes showed up.


What I am trying to say is plants can be extremely resilient, especially salvinia.I wouldn’t collect invasive species for personal benefit. I have seen water ways first hand that have been destroyed by invasive plants.

Another thing to consider is the legality behind removing plants or wildlife from nature. I know where I live you are not allowed to destroy/kill/remove native and invasive plants or fish. If you plan to destroy the ones you have I would leave them out on a piece of paper towel to dry out completely then compost them.
 
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CrayonandMarker

Depends where the water goes from your drain. They won’t make spores but a small piece could end up in a drain. I had a bucket of old gravel on my back deck it was subjected to below freezing temps for 2 weeks at least. Brought it inside washed and set up a new tank. Few weeks later cryptocorynes showed up.


What I am trying to say is plants can be extremely resilient, especially salvinia.I wouldn’t collect invasive species for personal benefit. I have seen water ways first hand that have been destroyed by invasive plants.

Another thing to consider is the legality behind removing plants or wildlife from nature. I know where I live you are not allowed to destroy/kill/remove native and invasive plants or fish. If you plan to destroy the ones you have I would leave them out on a piece of paper towel to dry out completely then compost them.
I do know we are actively incouraged to remove invasive species if we see it. In fact we are even encouraged in protected areas. My hubby and i rip out knot weed and drop it off at forestry every time we see it.

Knot weed is hard to kill...cant even burn it so we bring it to them.
 
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ayeayeron

Honestly, your acknowledgment and care alone does way more than the average person.

I really don’t know enough about the laws and how waterways work to answer your questions. I would suggest calling an environmental specialist in your area. However, if there is an invasive species in your area that you’re encouraged to remove, I don’t see any harm in keeping it in your tanks.
 
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