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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-13-2012, 10:04 AM Thread Starter
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Alternatives to deluxe aquascaping tools?

I did a search and found recommendations for medical/surgical tools, but I didn't see much that would work at the vet supply web site I found. I stopped by my local beauty supply shop and didn't really see anything appropriate, and those scissors are pretty expensive anyway. My parents have some premium dog grooming scissors that have the right shapes, but they obviously don't qualify as cheap. I've looked around The Site That Shall Not Be Named and have found a few sets that include stuff that I really don't want. (I don't need special rakes--I have hands, credit cards, and spatulae, and I already have forceps.)

Does anyone use grooming scissors? Are they sharp enough?

Heh, you'd think that between all my hobbies (papercraft, knitting, sewing, and regular houseplants) I'd have some awesome scissors that would work for just this thing, but alas, no.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-13-2012, 02:04 PM
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I use curved nail scissors for most of my trimming--$3 at walgreens and they work just fine.
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Regarding scissors, some of the special angled ones will only offer benefit if you are making 45 degree angle cuts for carpeting plants. other curved scissors are convenient for trimming around other plants within the tank.

generally, scissors with longer handles tend to cut through thicker stems while shorter ones benefit from manuverability. it really depends on your scape design and the type of plants that dictates which most suits your needs.

I use the fluval scissors which are 8" and use a pair of fiskar scissors from the office for shorter closer pruning.

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You can find twizzers, scissors, and forceps in the cosmetic aisles and hobby stores like hobby lobby etc...

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Best bet is to probably pick up a stainless steel scissor or two of varying length. Probably $5-$8 tops.

The medical supply store near me has a ton of variety. My favorite is a pair that cost $5 and has a slight curve.

If I remember correctly, one of the site sponsors (Southern Oak Aquatics) has some cheap tools that are nice.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-14-2012, 11:19 AM Thread Starter
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I think I'll start with Target grooming scissors and go from there. Thanks for the Southern Oak Aquatics mention--their scissors look really nice.
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