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UV black zip ties..fish.shrimp safe?

I picked up some uv black zip ties..going to tie some moss to rocks n driftwood..is it safe....or do i need regular black zip ties. With no uv protection? Thanks
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I picked up some uv black zip ties..going to tie some moss to rocks n driftwood..is it safe....or do i need regular black zip ties. With no uv protection? Thanks
Much better to use fishing line or even cotton thread. It's going to be hard to use zip ties to adequately hold it in place, and you will kill whatever moss is under it.
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I have 2 zip ties allready in my tank moss to dw...i don't tie it tight.holding good. Thanks for the cotton n fishing line tip...i just prefer the nylon black zip ties...just wondering if the uv black is safe.
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I have 2 zip ties allready in my tank moss to dw...i don't tie it tight.holding good. Thanks for the cotton n fishing line tip...i just prefer the nylon black zip ties...just wondering if the uv black is safe.
No idea on the UV coating, but how big is your tank? Even if they were "unsafe", the volume of water plus water changes may make even that a non issue.
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I use twist ties that come on your standard bag of bread... Seems to work just fine. You can snip them easily when your plant is secure, and they come off in one piece.

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The zip ties are made of a UV resistant plastic. There is no UV coating. It should be safe for the aquarium. The best way to attach plants to wood is to use cotton thread. Eventually it will rot and fall off. Polyester thread or fishing or plastic zip ties line will have to be removed by hand.
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I use black zip ties a lot. Mostly to tie anubius to suction cups. I stick these on the tall sides of my corner tank. It works out quite well and no known issues so far. You can make giant plants in different configurations using smaller plants. (I've used them over a year)
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