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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-10-2013, 07:09 PM Thread Starter
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TWIST TIES: safe for fish/plants?

Wondering if folk have used or had any problems using twist ties to attach plants to wood, etc. Twist tie works better than thread/fish line in some cases. I did a search and have seen other discussions (below link) but no clear concensus so I thought I'd see what folk thought.

Metal/rust, etc. from twist tie an issue? Alternatives?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-10-2013, 07:48 PM
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I use plastic covered twist ties for very few things in the tank, so there is not a lot of rust.
Plastic coated, not paper coated.
I use them to hang thermometers, and to fix a few other equipment problems, like suction cups that give up. I hang spray bars or power heads with twist ties.
You can buy it by the roll for garden use, but all I have seen is bright green (ugh!)
I use the twist ties that hold things to the packing material, and from garbage bags (watch it- some of these are paper coated)

I have not used them to tie plants to a branch. IMO that would involve using too many twist ties. Too great a chance of problems.

The gel type of super glue
Very thin rubber bands, for example the type sold in feed stores for braiding horses' manes. It rots, but does not cause problems.
Fishing line (Very difficult to tie tight enough). Can cause problems if it comes loose.
Polyester sewing thread. Does not rot. Can cause problems if it comes loose.
Cotton thread. Rots. Can cause problems if it comes loose.

Stuff that rots can work, if the plant sticks to the rock or branch quickly, but is not great for the slower growing plants.
Permanent sticky things (super glue) seems to be the best all around option.
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Re: TWIST TIES: safe for fish/plants?

Zip tie work pretty good if you can find the right size and color.

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I'd wager thin zip ties would work as they wouldn't break down under water and relatively cheap and come in a variety of sizes. I tend to like the thinner types that are easier to hide. If they are too short, daisy chain two or more as needed for the right length.

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Anyone find any brown rubber bands? I was going to buy some but can't find any larger ones (2"-3") online.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-02-2013, 02:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Werdna View Post
Anyone find any brown rubber bands? I was going to buy some but can't find any larger ones (2"-3") online.
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