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alright so heres a semi silly question. how safe is it to take plants from my backyard. no chemicals or fertilizer is used, or has never been used in the 16 years i have lived here. i have some really nice bid leaved purple flowers growing and i think they would look great in my tank.
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Perfectly safe, just wash them off and stick them in your tank! Even without any chemicals being used, wash them anyway (I just run them under the sink water).
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alright thanks. i figured theyd be okay with a good rinse but i was just asking to be safe.
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I think most people are concerned with introducing pathogens and pest into a closed environment like a viv. Many of the plants you collect from your yard have lots of juvenile and larval pest such as slugs and snails. These can cause lots of damage to other plants but most pose no real danger to frogs. Parasites can be a problem but most are host specific and not likely to be collected in your location.

One thing to remember though is that most likely toads and other frogs have pooped everywhere you step outside and these can carry pathogens that can pose a health risk to your captive animals.

I think I would be cautious in what I introduce by placing it first in a holding tank to see what comes out of it.

Also remember that most plants in the US are temperate and not tropical so That's another reason to try them in a grow out tank before introducing them into an established viv.

I suspect this subject has been covered here before so I would also do some searching here for more information.
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