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Old 01-18-2005, 05:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I was just wondering what you guys feel are the necessary items (outside of CO2 stuff) in a "toolbox" for keeping aquatic plants? I was thinking along the lines of tweezers, clippers, etc.

My uncle is in New Jersey right now and I was thinking of asking him to get some of the stuff I'd eventually be needing since I haven't met a lot of people who are into planted tanks over here.
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Quite honestly, most of the tools I use for plants are just household staples. Plain clean sharp scissors work well, and a good set of tweezers are handy. I do have a kit with long handled things, but when I come right down to it, I still do the best with my own hands.
There is a thread somewhere with a list of things people listed that are important to have on hand. If I find it, I'll post it for you.
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What type of materials are safe/not safe in the tank? DO you use the staples to keep things in place? When they rust does it cause problems?
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DO you use the staples to keep things in place? When they rust does it cause problems?
I believe JanS meant staples as in something having widespread and constant use or appeal, not a u-shaped metal loop.
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Something you will want to add to your "tool box" is a Python or DIY python. If you have ever done WC's with a bucket and then try a Python type WC, you will kick yourself for not trying it sooner
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My tookit:

1. Fiskars "Floral Snip" scissors (spring loaded and mo' comfy than reg. scissors).

2. 11 inch "needle nose" tweezers.

3. toothbrush.

4. blade for scraping glass.

5. a set of hose/tube brushes (including the kind with a cord for pulling through filter hoses).

6. a variety of buckets and tubs.

7. Python water changer.

And I also have a Vortex diatom filter, which is nice to have but not essential. I usually only break it out after I do something that churns up the substrate (major replanting, removing monster sword or crypt, etc).

That's all the stuff I ever use.
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I believe JanS meant staples as in something having widespread and constant use or appeal, not a u-shaped metal loop.
Oops, yes I did mean staples in the respect Rob G just stated. Just for the record though, you can use the office, staple gun type staples to attach things like Java Fern to driftwood with no ill effects. In fact it's much safer for your fish since there is no nylon line or rubber band for them to happen to get tangled up in if it comes loose.
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But staples do rust, don't they?
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Not the stainless steel ones you can buy at the Borg. (Home Depot)
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But staples do rust, don't they?
Regular staples do rust, but I read an article by Karen Randall a few years ago saying it's perfectly safe to let them rust in your tank, being that they are so small, and wouldn't do a thing to alter your water chemistry. By the time they rust down, the plants have gotten a good foothold, and it works very well.
I was always skeptical about doing it, but after reading her article I tried it and it works great.
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