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    Hey guys! You've all been so helpful so far, and I'm hoping you might be able to give me some more advice.

    In my G. albogularis setup, I've recently traded out my fake pothos vine for some live plants- live pothos, sansevieria, and a few types of dracaena. I'm getting a little bit of yellowing on the "Gold Ribbon" dracaena that I'm still trying to diagnose (I literally have no green thumb and I'm kind of winging it, googling a lot, and hoping for the best).

    But my question is this. I used to keep a toad in my setup, and I had a few local weeds that I uprooted and re-planted that were doing ok. After the toad died, I experimented a bit with keeping the plants alive, and found they THRIVED when I watered them with water from my aquariums on cleaning days. I can only assume it's the nitrates and the "fertilizer" of fish waste. I know it's not safe to do with amphibians because of the bacteria risk, but is using fish tank water on the plants safe in a gecko tank? Since they don't absorb moisture through their skin?

    If that's NOT a safe option, what do you recommend to give plants some extra nutrients when fertilizers aren't an option? I don't think my one little dwarf gecko can produce enough waste to be "natural" fertilizer.

    Thanks!
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    I would go ahead and use the fish water, making sure that it's not getting into the water bowl if you use one. If anyone disagrees, I"m sure you'll hear about it soon!

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    Thanks! Yeah I was planning on using a turkey baster or something to put it directly down on the plant roots and not anywhere else. I can't imagine there's anything harmful in it. I'm not talking the really gross stuff I vaccuum out of the gravel or dump from the filter on deep clean days, just the relatively clean stuff from the water column that's got a week's worth of nitrates in it lol

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