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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-01-2016, 03:10 AM Thread Starter
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My tiger lily has refused to stay anchored in the substrate for at least two months now. This afternoon I made some very effective plant anchors using leftover fire pit beads and 40 lb test fishing line leader

It's hard to see in the picture (sort of the point actually) but it's two beads on each end, sandwiched around a ~2" piece of monofilament. Two of them draped across the base of the lily perpendicular to one another have it firmly against the substrate


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Nice to see something from thinking a bit outside the norm. Looks like it should work good.
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Thanks, Rich. It works really well, so this afternoon I made five more to hold down my chain swords. My cories seem to have made uprooting them their life's work.


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Would you please post a pic of one before you put it in the tank ? I don't know what a firepit bead is and I can't see much in the pic above . Thanks .

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Thanks . Neat idea , I may have to steal it....lol

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I can see this working with natural river pebbles or gravel with a small dab of silicone or CA, and regular light test (4 or 6lb) fishing line. ... hmm way to get the ideas flowing!!

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The only problem I see with this is the possibility that the small diameter string will cut through the plant's base or root, where ever you use it. It is certainly worth a try.

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An alternative is using window screen mesh.

Cut a 3/4 inch square of the mesh. Cut a slit in the middle then insert the plant root or bottom stem (1/2 of stem through) and bury the mesh in the substrate. =)


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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-16-2016, 01:59 AM Thread Starter
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River pebbles would definitely look nicer as the beads are kinda reflective.

I haven't had any trouble with the line cutting into the plants, but it's something I'm watching for. My intention is to use these only short term. The Tiger Lily that inspired them has finally rooted in the substrate, so I've remvoed the anchor.
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