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HI,

Just grabbed a small amount of this floating water plant from a local nursery. Also found a second type amongst it.

Azolla pinata
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Duckweed (Lema sp?)
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Wondering if anyone can ID it, or point me in the right direction for a web site that may aid in ID'ing water plants.

I'm thinking maybe Azolla pinata for the first and Duckweed (Lema sp?) for the second.

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Sounds exactly spot on Aaron..... :) Nice pics..

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Thanks mate. Would have gotten sharper pics, but could not find the tripod at short notice!

Now I guess I had better check their status in Vic, just in case!

Oh... I know Duckeed is a good food source for some fish. How about the Azolla? Worth cultivating?

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Yeah, my silver perch love it.. I'm not sure of nutritional content though..

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Aaron, have a look at the Plants FAQ too

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Ohhhhh!... looky there!

I had a "boy look" as my girlfriend woud say.

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Thats a mighty fine no tripod shot!!!
definately more than 5 meg...
If they can be ID'd and saved ' in what plant is that ' file
it could be helpful.
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Keep a pond of these plants separate from your fish or you might have to buy some more...


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Aaron, can I add those pix to the FAQ?

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Jamie, go for it.

C1, 4 meg (Canon G3)

njh, Bought a couple of 60L storage containers from B ($12 each) just to get my AP project started. Most likely throw a few feeder in fish (have asked a Q in the fish forum) and play with that until I have all the gear ready for the big system.

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Azolla is a high protein (about 27% dry basis), aquatic, nitogen fixing fern. It is an excellent food source. It is even used as a supplement in pig diets!

My Goldies love it as do my tilapia!

We have a very good link to info about it around here somewhere ...

Oh yep .. found it ...

here

http://backyardaquaponics.com/forum/vie ... ght=azolla

I grow both this and duckweed. If I had a large scale operation, I certainly would grow as much as possible and use it to supplement the fish food bill.

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Any Melbournites know where I can get some from?

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Vist garden centres that have ponds and water features .. have a look in many of their ponds ...

I bet that ya will find duckweed and azolla by the million!


Take a plastic bag and give them a dollar for a bag full!


Failing that ... go to the local zoo / wildlife sanctuary and ask a keeper to grab some of the green stuff that floats on top of their ponds for ya.

I bet that they would be only too hapy to oblige!

I got mine from a guy that has a koi farm / shop.

Many of his water plant ponds were over run with both Azolla and duckweed.

He was very happy for me to clean the suface of a few ponds for him.

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Jaymie,

A few more if you want to use them.

I have 2x more as well, but was not happy with the pics so will take more tomorrow.

Duckweed (unknown species)
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Crassula (unknown species)
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they are great pictures Aaron. I might put a link from the Glossary to here, so if you have more, keep posting them here, thanks

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