Ever thought of turning your chlorinated pool in to a natural pond? Michael Gillings, a passionate professor of biology at Sydney’s Macquarie University has done just that! Michael Gillings: “Almost 12% of households in Australia have swimming pools – about 1.2 million pools. To maintain a pool costs $2000+ per year. If you swim twice a week in spring and summer, that’s $40/swim!”
2:36 COMMON NARDOO Marsilea drummondii
SWAMP HIBISCUS Hibiscus coccineus ‘Alba’
3:20 BLACK TARO Colocasia esculenta ‘Black Magic’
RAINBOWFISH Melanotaenia sp.
4:15 HOW TO … AVOID INTRODUCING MOSQUITO FISH, GAMBUSIA HOLBROOKI
The mosquito fish are introduced pests that Michael calls ‘the cane toads of fresh water’. They eat native fish and invertebrates and don’t even eat mosquitoes!
NOTE: If you get a plant from a nursery, quarantine it in a bucket for at least two weeks to prevent adding Gambusia and/or weeds to your water garden.
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