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Old 09-30-2014, 01:15 PM
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Lake Water Aquarium Water

I took some of my house plants to our cabin by the lake and decided to use lake water on them. They seemed to have thrived!

So now I am thinking of testing some of the orchids using lake water. We live on Lake Huron,the water is not at all polluted up here in the Great Lakes. Also, I would love to have tropical fish again. I used that water many years ago on house plants, before my orchid days.

Any advice and comments, I would enjoy your thoughts.
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Do you have multiples of the same orchids? If you do, I'd do a side by side test. Water a few with the lake water and a few with your regular water.

It'd be interesting to see the side by side comparison when the only cultural change you make is the source of water. I know switching from tap to rain water was the best change I have made so far for my orchids. They love it.
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Yes, I have several pairs of orchids. The Brassias are in lava rock, some catts, Phals. Psychopsis, Dens, Tolumnias, are in a bark mix.

My orchids that are in lava rock are doing really well. They drain quickly, but need more frequent waterings. I have well water but do not know the ph of it.

On a different note, my cacti plants I use 1/2 tsp of white vinegar per gal of water, that was recommended by a cacti specialists.
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Use the lake water!!!!
For many years, when I had my pond, I rarely fertilized my plants and the orchids followed suit. My orchids and plants thrived. When I cleaned my pond, I put the water on my outside plants and, yes, they thrived, too.
Then I gave up the pond. The kids were older and I was busy with them and the pond was soooo much work. I kept some baby fish and put them in a barrel liner with one of my lilies and gave everything else away. Now I must fertilize my plants on a regular basis, making certain they get enough calcium, iron, and everything else. If I don't, they suffer. So, fishy water is pretty good stuff. I would continue to fertilize though, as you don't know exactly what nutrients are in the lake. Goldfish, carp and Koi, too, are known for their wonderful fertilizing properties.
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Leafmite[/B];392514]Use the lake water!!!!
For many years, when I had my pond, I rarely fertilized my plants and the orchids followed suit. My orchids and plants thrived. When I cleaned my pond, I put the water on my outside plants and, yes, they thrived, too.
Then I gave up the pond. The kids were older and I was busy with them and the pond was soooo much work. I kept some baby fish and put them in a barrel liner with one of my lilies and gave everything else away. Now I must fertilize my plants on a regular basis, making certain they get enough calcium, iron, and everything else. If I don't, they suffer. So, fishy water is pretty good stuff. I would continue to fertilize though, as you don't know exactly what nutrients are in the lake. Goldfish, carp and Koi, too, are known for their wonderful fertilizing properties.
Leafmite Now I remember you posting about a pond you had. Thank you for the refresher.

I was thinking of a couple goldfish. Fancy ones are more beautiful to watch. I had some that readched 4 years and were growing large. I had only 3 in a 20 gal tank. It was a lot of fun to watch.
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I bought a cheap half barrel liner and keep two Shubunkin goldfish in it with a mini lily, a mini cattail and some underwater plants. That is my pond now. I love the goldfish. These ones aren't quite as tame as the ones I had that I raised from fry but they are quite fun and I am glad I could save them from a goldfish bowl.
I cannot wait to hear what you end up buying.
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I use aquarium water on my plants. I have a high tech tank I dose with ferts and minerals to maintain a stable ph. Best water there is. Even in the summer I drain my many tanks into the yard. No comparison!
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