Using Dirty Fish Tank or Aquarium water to fertilize your plants

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Few days ago, I sent an article on using whole fish or fish scraps to fertilize your crops which ensures you grow a healthy organic plants rich in nutrients see post here . Today I will center on fish tank or aquarium water which also has good effect on your home or garden plants.

For those that have both an aquarium and a few plants in the house or  even a garden,  you should consider using waste water from your fish tank or aquarium to water your plants. If you do, you are not only saving water by recycling but also saving money on expensive inorganic fertilizer. This water contains a lot of fish wastes and decaying fish food particles plus a lot of beneficial bacteria and nutrients which can assist your plants to grow well. 

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Fish feces, uneaten food and decaying plant materials all builds up in the tank overtime which makes the fish tank water look dirty and may be potentially toxic to the fish in the tank if left unchanged for a long time. For those who own a fish tank or aquarium, changing the water regularly depends on the size of the tank, contents, filter plus other factors which includes number of fishes etc  may be necessary monthly, weekly or even several times a week. Changing the water is necessary to remove excess chemical and other materials that may be harmful to the fish if left to build up but this same water is beneficial to the plants. 


What does fish tank or aquarium water contain that is beneficial to your plant

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Fish tank water accumulates nitrogen as such it’s a rich source of nitrogen needed by plant to produce chlorophyll which is a necessary component of photosynthesis. 

Aquarium or fish tank water contains phosphorus that ensures healthy root growth in plants, makes plants strong and assists them to retain water. 

Fish tank water contains useful bacterial that breaks down ammonia which provides nutrients to the soil. It also contains useful micro organisms which processes these materials.

For those with outdoor fish ponds, the sludge from the filters has many of same materials similar to the one in fish emulsion that is manufactured. It should be noted that fish tank water is a diluted version of those expensive inorganic fertilizers which can be used frequently to water and provide much needed nutrient to your plant for a blossom yield. Although using fish tank water may be a bit smelly but the odor usually fades in an hour so you need not worry too much.


Precautions on using fish tank or aquarium water


Fish tank water benefits both indoor plants and your outdoor garden, however, not all aquarium water can work for house plants or your garden plants.

Salt water from salt water tanks should not be used to  fertilizer your crop as it can harm your plants especially the potted ones.

Do not use the water on your fruits and vegetable plants you are growing for consumption if you have used certain chemicals to maybe adjust the water’s pH, ammonia or other chemical levels or fish medications to treat your fish for diseases.

For fish tanks which has been neglected and not changed for a long time and already very dirty and smelly, should be used in moderation so as to avoid over feeding the plants.

For outdoor ponds, sludge from filters can be applied to plant soil but use carefully or better dilute with water before applying it to the plant soil.


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Conclusion: Since our health is our wealth, it is good for us to always use organic and natural sources to produce our foods either in plants and or animals. In this article I have explained the use of fish water from your fish tank /aquarium and or pond which are rich in essential nutrients needed by your plants. Also in this article I pointed out why this option is good and what you have to avoid or look out for while using this very option so as to have a safe and healthy plant.

Feel free to resteem this to help someone and support with your upvote. Follow for more and do send in your comments or experiences if you have used this same option.



Sources:

https://lifehacker.com/5867013/use-dirty-aquarium-water-to-fertilize-plants

http://www.hortmag.com/weekly-tips/watering-houseplants-fish-tank-water

http://www.ehow.com/way_5554199_fish-tank-water-good-plants.html


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I've heard this can be very good for your plants. Great article thanks mike

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thanks for the comment and this is @kenhudoy not mike ;)

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Sorry for the confusion I'm mike

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Yeah i know dear... And thanks once more Mike...😋

This is a great way to utilize your dirty fish tank water. I don't have a fish tank but I certainly wouldn't let those good nutrients go to waste.

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sure.. just try and get yourself one... very useful... ;) thanks and follow for more...

great tip. Though I would think any fish owner and gardener would have already stumbled upon this free source of nutes.

I have removed the filter from our 70gal goldfish tank and routinely pull the heavier, dirtier water from the bottom for foliar feeding. Dilute it with distilled water and spray away. Very beneficial.

As for not applying to produce used for consumption: Just stop using a couple weeks before harvesting and regular watering should flush the fishiness away.

As always YMMV and caveat emptor.

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Great post and definitely very informative. Aquaculture has always been something that I've had interest in getting starting. One of these days I will get around to it!

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Good one @bobwhite when you do remember to update us on the successes.. 😋

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great choice and do check my updated post today for even a richer alternative for sustainability... regards

My sons had aquariums when they lived at home and we always used the water in the gardens. It seemed like a real waste jut to toss the water out. Now I am thinking I need to get an aquarium again. I miss the tranquility of having a tank.

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sure...its good for the home... thanks for the comment and follow for more coming up soon

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On a side note, fish carcasses are a great fertilizer for citrus fruit trees!

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sure...i did mention same on my previous post... thanks for sharing...

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Cool article, didnt see it previously

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Thanks for the comment and do follow for more

Works great in deep water cultivation systems.. A lot more natural

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Good one... Explain more for readers benefit on the deep water cultivation... Which plants do you cultivate with that option.

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DWC ... It is where you will start a plant in source like rockwool or similer... The plants are then suspended in a water source like a pond or buckets ... The roots grow down into the water and absorb the nutritions that have been added by fish droppings. Myself .. I have grown veggies and cannabis this way..

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Wow...vegs and cannabis...cannabis is great herb... Good one...keep it up

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Thank you..

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welcome...updated a new post today which will be interesting also.. regards

Hello @kenhudoy

Man this is epic, this is everything!

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Thanks dear and let's keep it coming ☺

Great article @kenhudoy

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Thanks and keep steeming

Thanks for such a wonderful post. I've learnt to look at the ' old stinking water ' with a new perspective - a cost saving perspective especially for the long term. I wanted to also humbly add that, just as the water is a good by product of the aquarium, any unfortunate incidence of a dead fish could also be taken advantage of, just like the aquarium water, in that the fishes can be buried in the plant soil and that can serve a good source of nutrients to the soil, and since they are buried, there will be little or no odor coming from them. This practice of using all the by products of the fish pond makes its waste a liquid gold. Thanks

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Sure a good point too... Thanks for sharing your worthy thoughts...

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good one as always and i did update today on aquaponics... take a look..

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thanks dear and keep steeming

great information and a very thorough knowledge on the subject as always @kenhudoy! Upvoting with full power : - )

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Thanks from a goo friend and great steemian🙆

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same to you @kenhudoy! you are a trooper! lol

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trooper indeed... thanks for steeming

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same to you!

yes..'.OUR HEALTH IS OUR WEALTH' nice information about health,wealth,natural food,usage of wast water,maintenance of aquarium etc....thanks for useful post!

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welcome and keep following for more

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oh...sure

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good one and lets keep steeming hot

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Thanks dear and keep it up

Thanks for posting - Though my garden is still yielding right now, I'm looking towards next season already regarding expansion plans and how to improve.

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Good one and i Hope you checked my other posts tops for success in organic farming...will update more Monday ...keep following

niice, so cool info :D hm me noo have any fishtanks, in or out door. But i like how you save water :D Soo how about the pH??? is there any diff for the plants?

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It's very ok for the plant as long as it's not old pond water which you can dilute... Thanks for your comment...follow for more coming soon...

beautifull gardening and good click photo my friend..!😍

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Thanks dear... Follow for more..

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welcome😍

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good one and i did update today..a good read

interesting, I do a lot of fishing and i know there are ton of nutrients in the waters. it would definitely work!

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sure and i updated today on aquaponics.. check it out...
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thanks bot

This is amazing info my friend, my brother got a huge aquarium but we never use the water when he clean it!
Got to share this with him and my mom!

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good choice and check my updated posts to find how your friend can convert his aquarium to aquaculture and have enough fish and vegetables all year round! ;)

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can't forget a pretty face... but maybe not... but you are my friend... already ;)

ahhhh my man once built an aquaponic system. Which works like that....just that the water filters out directly through the plants. It is great indeed.

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wow..nice one... my regards to your man and keep steeming hot! and i updated a new post today on aquaponics already!

I've done this for years. Both benefit from it., The fish get a boost of fresh water and some waste removal and the plants suck up the goodness. It's pretty much like buying fish emulsion fertilizer. Great post.

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thanks and i did updated a new posts today...check it out

You are on a roll with fish fertilizers :)

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Sure all organic and natural😋

Nice, thanks for reminding me to check it out! As you know (and for others) I'm recovering from multiple concussions and don't always have a good memory. It also causes me to be irritable, have headaches, and sleep issues. But the memory is the tough one.

It'd be nice to have a different interface, one where I can create different "categories" for people and topics. Anyway, thanks! I'm considering a fish tank for the winter which will then feed the soil. We'll see! :)

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Great choice... Thanks for reading... Quail eggs are good for memory...check the info out in my today's posts

Heard human urine works too
I love all these innovations,less artificial fertilizer for us

i will deffo try this.

I like your practical and very useful articles! Well done!

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Thanks and let's keep steeming hot

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I agree! Let's do it hot way%) And healthy in your case%)) Thank you for the inspiration!kenhudoy_by_sashagengi (21).jpg

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thanks and saving the photo for use! do check my updated posts of today... very interesting also... regards

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Thank you, dear @kenhudoy. Please feel free to use the photo. I have something else in mind and will be updating you on it%)) I found a lot of answers as I was interested in aquaponic system particularly. We have recently been on a hydroponic farm in Corfu and studied the process but I was conscious about it having 3% non-organic ingredients. And although I found a new fertilizer which can be used for hydroponics still it had some more drawbacks. I guess all has its own pros and cons %)) The very best from me!

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sure...thanks for this reply and wish you all the best in your better choice on healthy and sustainable options for food