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Is water lettuce poisonous?
Water lettuce is an aggressive surface grower, which can kill fish by depleting oxygen. The leaves contain poisonous calcium oxalate crystals, which can cause illness when ingested or chewed, especially by small animals and children.
Will Koi eat water lettuce?
Another option is to research plants koi won't eat. Suggestions include the floating-plant water lettuce, the large-leaved lotus plant, the yellow-flowered water poppy, and the eye-catching umbrella plant.
Is water lettuce safe for fish?
Water lettuce is compatible with most fish, although larger fish like cichlids may damage it. However, it should be completely avoided in any tank containing goldfish or any other large herbivore fish, as they tend to eat the roots, and even the plant itself.
Is water lettuce safe for goldfish?
They do well in koi and goldfish ponds, using up their nitrogenous wastes, but may need to be grown in net baskets if the fish population is too high.
How do you take care of water lettuce in the winter?
Water hyacinth and water lettuce, which are inexpensive and easy to replace, are examples of these. Overwintering pond plants, such as lily-like aquatics, need to be submerged, yet warm enough. A good idea is to submerge them in a large plastic tub in the greenhouse, warm area of the house or use an aquarium heater.
Do water lettuce die in winter?
It won't survive a frost. Might do OK in an unheated greenhouse. If you can, why not try some in the greenhouse and a little bit in a bowl on your brightest windowsill indoors? You only need one plant to survive the winter, and it'll grow like wildfire when you put it back in your pond.
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