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Old 04-02-2009, 04:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I purchased some stem plants from a local pet store for the tank I just started. When I got them home I notices there was lead weights around the bottom of the bunches. Should I remove this lead or leave it? Will it dissolve in fresh water?
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Remove the lead strips prior to planting. Separate out the individual stems, and plant them individually spaced about 2 leaf widths apart.
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Are the lead weights harmful for the aquarium environment in anyway? Does it affect the fish or the plants?
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I use them all the time in my tank for some time (some have been in there for months) with no ill effects to the inhabitants,that i have noticed.I would say it's ok.Others may disagree
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i use lead fishing weight to weigh my plants down. been ok so far. no problem
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i've used them before and nothing bad happened but they do start to rust after a while.
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It really depends on what else is in them, pure lead is fine, alloys not so much.
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i've used them before and nothing bad happened but they do start to rust after a while.
If you're seeing rust, it isn't lead.
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I have to use some weights because the substrate in my 46 is abt 5/8" diameter.
The weights don't rust but they do pick up a white deposit on them. Maybe it's calcium?

No bad results in two years.

Biggest problem is when they come off, it's hard to find them in the substrate.

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