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    Invasive Plants > Plant Disposal & Control

    I was reading through some weed risk assessments for plants that are common in many aquariums on this page

    USDA APHIS|Noxious Weeds Program Risk Assessments

    There are not only banned plants but plants that are indicated to likely be pests including many that we may have in our tanks.

    I know most of us are probably careful but some of these guys propagate from fragments or seeds so aggressively that they can present create major environmental headaches.

    I'm thinking I will have to mulch or otherwise nuke fragments when I clean up my tank and just putting this out there to see how you handle this yourselves. I guess a lot of out aquarium plants could become problems so having a recommended dispose/destroy process is critical for each one of us.

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    There are couple of plants which i have purchased from China as well as florida that turned out to be CA invasive.

    The problem, though, is that they are fresno/stockton waterway invasive and are not the same kind of problem as they are in the south. CA is such s huge state, but they ban them for all of us.

    I try to steer clear of them now, though, simply because i do not really care for them anymore.

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    All noxious weeds should be completely dried out before being ground up before composting or mulching. You want nothing but powder left. Just because the plants have only been a problem in Fresno or farther north in Stockton (there is a wide section of state between these areas) doesn't mean they can't harm the local water ways.

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