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Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V3 #817

I have one of these drill pumps.  I noticed on mine (a wayne type I think) that
they contain some type of grease or oil (to help keep the rubber innards from
breaking down and to keep the bushings greased).  Some of this oil stuff will
be transferred to the water.  If you use it to pump the water into a tank you
may run into some problems (i.e. kill the fish and plants).  If it is used only
to remove water, then they work great.  An added bonus is that they are also


> >From: "Lewis Mills" <lmills at socket_net>
> Subject: Water lettuce, water hyacinths, pumps
> Hi all,
> When the subject of how to keep water lettuce or water hyacinths indoors
> comes up on the garden pond forums (and it always does in the early fall),
> it seems that the key ingredients are LOTS of light -- sunlight and
> artificial -- LOTS of fertilization, pH below 7.2, and fish that won't
> nibble the roots.  Even with a lot of attention, most ponders usually lose
> the plants before spring.  Of course, that doesn't mean that folks on this
> list won't have more success.
> One of the easiest ways to pump water to fill or empty tanks is a "drill
> pump." A lot of hardware store carry these; they sell for under $20.  Most
> varieties have garden hose fittings and just chuck into an electric drill.
> 30-40 feet may be pushing the capacity of one of these, tho.
> Lewis

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