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Eco-Friendly Fishkeeping

by TFH Magazine on April 22, 2013 at 10:22 am

You can use aquarium water to water terrestrial plants. Photograph by StockLite/Shutterstock.

Earth Day is a great time to carefully consider the impact our hobby has on the environment, and what we can do to lessen that impact. During my tenure here at TFH, I have learned about a few eco-friendly ideas that you might want to implement at home.

  • Aquarium water from a freshwater tank can act as a great natural fertilizer for plants. Whether you have a huge outdoor garden or a single plant indoors, it is worthwhile to use water taken during a water change for your plant instead of pouring the water down the drain. As a bonus, you can save money on fertilizer too!
  • If you don’t have plants, there are other ways you can save water. A good one is to use the water taken during a water change to flush your toilet. Just be aware that aquarium water can make your toilet look dirty.
  • Newer technology can help save energy while operating your aquarium. For example, LED lights use far less energy than other forms of lighting. You’ll also save money on your electric bill!
  • Choosing to buy captive-bred species instead of wild-caught ones will help the environment in many cases. For example, Banggai cardinalfish are on the verge of extinction in the wild, so buying captive-bred can literally mean the difference between preserving a species and helping to push it over the brink of extinction.
  • Along the same lines, only choose to purchase species you know you can keep. No matter how beautiful the fish is, if it won’t eat what you’re offering, grows too large for your tank, or is too sensitive to be kept in captivity, it is never the eco-friendly choice!

Do you have other aquarium-related eco-friendly tips? Let us know in the comments!

Posted in From the Editor by TFH Magazine on April 22nd, 2013 at 10:22 am.

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  1. AW Cox Apr 22nd 2013

    …..no mention of “in home” aquaponics. Filter the tank,feed the family. All in all,great tips though.

  2. Jasper Gabardi May 2nd 2013

    Environmentally friendly (also eco-friendly, nature friendly, and green) are ambiguous terms used to refer to goods and services, laws, guidelines and policies claimed to inflict reduced, minimal, or no harm at all, upon ecosystems or the environment.,-

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