Although exotic animals can make great pets and ornamental plants can make beautiful decorations, these species can also be invasive. In fact, some characteristics, like hardiness and rapid growth, that make certain species desirable are the same characteristics that can contribute to their ability to become invasive.

What you can do:

  • Choose native species as pets and for water gardens.
  • Put aquatic plants in the trash and pour aquarium water down the toilet.
  • Do not release non-indigenous pet species! Donate your pet or contact your pet store to deal with unwanted pets.

Prevention and education efforts for the aquarium and water garden trade include:

If you have specific questions about aquarium pets/water gardens and AIS, please contact us .

Other targeted education efforts include: