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[APD] Re: Can plant trimmings go in sanitary sewer?
I'm recovering a *nasty* neglected tank that's overgrown with algae,
christmas moss, and giant hygro. Also has some java ferns and sword
plants. Can the hygro and moss go down the toilet without having to worry
about it escaping into the wilds? Would it be safer to dump the dirty
water that has bits of moss and hygro in it on the lawn or compost pile?
It really depends on how your local sewage treatment plant treats sewage
before release. Most times aquatic plants should *not* be able to survive
the process, but it's possible they could leak by in some cases --
especially if you have a combined sanitary and storm sewer system. You
could bleach-soak the plant trimmings for a while before flushing, but
you'd be better off (and safer in terms of your release concerns) either
giving the trimmings to fellow aquarists or an LFS, or using them as
compost as you mention.
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