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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-25-2011, 10:49 AM Thread Starter
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someone on a very popular auction site is selling plant weights that are simply bits of slate with a hole drilled through.The plant is just pushed through the hole and then buried in the substrate...Has anyone tried DIY ones?..Any other simple ways of weighing down your plant?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-25-2011, 06:16 PM
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I have tried the lead strips, not very good since they often squish the soft/fragile stems.

I have tried glass U's that were very common a long time ago. Works but over time I tend to loose them in my tanks.

Nowadays I stick plants into the substrate without any support. If they are very buoyant or keep slipping out I just push them in a bit deeper, possibly using a leaf or two to keep them anchored.

If you keep having trouble with plants floating up re-examine your fish (are they diggers? rough on plants?) and/or perhaps increase the depth of your substrate if it is very shallow.


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I'm having trouble keeping a section of hydrocotyle weighted down horizontally with rocks. I really don't wish to use lead. Thought about using a rubber band and a small piece of gravel but worried about damaging it through excessive constriction. Considered a paperclip but don't know if it's compatible with inverts. Zip ties are probably too big.

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You can use twist ties or lead weights. Just cut them to the proper size and U shape them. Lead cuts easily with scissors.

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I've had some success using cotton gauze.
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A substitute for lead is lead-free solder. It isn't as heavy as lead, but it works. I usually hammer it against the concrete floor into thin strips so they bend easier. But, 99% of the time I don't use any weights. I just shove the plants all the way to the bottom of the substrate, using tweezers. They rarely float out then.

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I was about to mention the lead-free solder.

I use regular solder when I'm fishing in an area that's very rocky. I put a small split-shot on the line and wrap a 1-3" long coil of solder onto the fishing line above the split-shot. Doesn't snag up nearly so bad.
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at my lfs, they have so many of those weights in their plant section unused, i just stick my hand in and take a couple, they don't care (only because i go there every week)

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