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stupidly simple but neat (& free!) plant anchor

I know, it's hardly worth the thread, but figured I'd share a small revelation;

Those metal bands across the top of a bag of coffee, that you fold the ends in to keep the bag closed... make great plant root binders/anchors!

I meant to buy some at the store when I was there a few weeks ago, I'm sure they're dirt cheap and all, but forgot. I tried using some twist ties but they're too thin - you have to pinch the roots tighter than I'd like to get them to be of any use.

Anyway, I don't know if these coffee bag ties are aluminum, or a rust-prone metal, but they're coated in muted colors and will at least work in a pinch!
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Very likely to rust.

I just use plumbers solder if I need to anchor. It's thick lead, and I have it.
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I sometimes use Fluval Bio Max media as plant anchor, attaching the plant to it with nylon.

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Re: stupidly simple but neat (& free!) plant anchor

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Very likely to rust.

I just use plumbers solder if I need to anchor. It's thick lead, and I have it.
Is lead even safe for the aquarium?

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the lead is benign enough for aquariums, I believe. the plant weights sold in the stores are lead, though maybe not as high a concentration as stitch's solder... lol

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Very likely to rust.
so it's not aluminum? it's pretty lightweight - what metal is it?
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I have been using lead free plumbers solder as plant weights for the very few times I have needed them. I just take a piece and hammer it thin on a concrete floor, then it bends around the stems pretty easily. It isn't as effective as lead because it isn't as dense.

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i assume the plumbers lead has noo flux right? can't imagine flux to be good. (I usually only use solder for electronics)
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the lead is benign enough for aquariums, I believe. the plant weights sold in the stores are lead, though maybe not as high a concentration as stitch's solder... lol


so it's not aluminum? it's pretty lightweight - what metal is it?
Gotta have some kind of iron in it. I had a couple of bags of coffee that rusted up after a ceiling leak.
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