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Old 03-27-2013, 07:24 AM   #1
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whats the best way to put your plants in sub/dirt? i pretty much just clumsely stick them in by hand.. cant find those long metal plant tong things anywhere.. how much are those?
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Old 03-27-2013, 08:26 AM   #2
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I personally use tweezers (you can get them cheaply online, or from a surplus store).
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Old 03-27-2013, 11:13 AM   #3
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They don't have to be long ones. I suspect even eyebrow tweezers would be better than fingers. Have read that some use chopsticks, have to try that sometime.
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I use these sharp point eyebrow tweezers. You can get them at practically any store that has a health and beauty section. I think mine were less than $10. Stainless steel. The end is small enough to plant individual stems of HC if you wanted to and they are sharp enough that if you press hard you can trim smaller stems.
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Old 03-27-2013, 01:01 PM   #5
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Amazon has tweezers for aquariums that are stainless steel for about $6-7. I use them and they're great! Prior to that, I used my fingers (and occasionally still do for certain plants)
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Old 03-27-2013, 01:20 PM   #6
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I use the zoo med tweezers they sell at petco for smaller plants. For larger rooted plants I used my hands.
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Old 03-28-2013, 03:39 AM   #7
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This is the same problem I'm struggling with. I was using fingers at first. I bought Fluval stainless steel planting tongs from Amazon. I find them only slightly better than fingers. Still not ideal. I use them to push a stem down into the substrate, but as soon as I release and try to pull the tweezers back out, the plant floats up.... It's driving me bananas!
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Old 03-28-2013, 12:54 PM   #8
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This is the same problem I'm struggling with. I was using fingers at first. I bought Fluval stainless steel planting tongs from Amazon. I find them only slightly better than fingers. Still not ideal. I use them to push a stem down into the substrate, but as soon as I release and try to pull the tweezers back out, the plant floats up.... It's driving me bananas!
Me too! That or the plant just snaps in half where the tweezers were holding it at. That's when I end up using my fingers again.. I think the tweezers would work better if I had sand rather than Eco complete.
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I still get it wrong and snap stems sometimes. Pick up the plant with the legs of the tweezers protecting the stem rather than with the stem sticking out at an angle, insert the tweezers deep into the substrate, release the tweezers, wiggle a little to settle the substrate around the stem and pull them out at an angle rather than up.

It takes practice, I am getting better every time I replant. I had one floater this week after planting half a dozen stems, dozens of tiny Marsilea, a couple small root free Blyxa and some small Staurogyne repens plants and stems. Myrio especially kept getting shorter and shorter before and I was constantly replanting long pennywort stems with a combination of the stems breaking and not getting them anchored well enough. Blyxa and repens have quite a learning curve to handling. One fears they will shrink so much with all the breaking when replanting they will vanish before one figures out how to handle them!
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They sell long plant tongs or even cheaper, ZooMed makes reptile feeding tongs that work every bit as well. I like them over the tweezers because I have large hands and disrupt the landscape in tight spaces if your trying to squeeze plants in.
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Old 03-28-2013, 03:19 PM   #11
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i use my fingers and have no problem.. i kinda dig out a little crater, put the end of the plants with roots under my 2 fingers (index and middle) while holding it with my thumb.. then put the whole thing down into the substrate with my 2 fingers in an arc motion, starting sideways sort of i push it in the substrate and turn or raise it til its sticking up straight (dont push straight down into substrate using finger method, always start at an angle)

after that i smooth out the substrate so the crater is filled up again
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I've found planting at a slight angle helps with thin stems, then open and close the planting tweezers a little bit before and as you pull them out to loosen the substrate and encourage it to fall in around the stem.
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I just used regular old tweezers for ever. Then I bought some beauty ones which are much better. Now I have some crazy medical ones. They actually kind of "dig in" to the stem of the plant but if you don't use a lot of pressure, it releases easily. I got them at the hospital, after slicing my finger lol, not sure where else you could find them.
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Old 03-29-2013, 04:34 PM   #14
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i use my fingers and have no problem.. i kinda dig out a little crater, put the end of the plants with roots under my 2 fingers (index and middle) while holding it with my thumb.. then put the whole thing down into the substrate with my 2 fingers in an arc motion, starting sideways sort of i push it in the substrate and turn or raise it til its sticking up straight (dont push straight down into substrate using finger method, always start at an angle)

after that i smooth out the substrate so the crater is filled up again
I do the exact same and haven't broken any stems or damaged anything, but then again I have a fine gravel substrate. Not sure how this would do with a dirt/mud substrate my guess is make a cloudy mess for a while.
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Old 03-30-2013, 01:16 AM   #15
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Local pet stores have long Zoomed tweezers to feed insects, could use those I suppose
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