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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-31-2013, 12:38 AM Thread Starter
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Easy way to keep plants in place while tying

I'm not sure if anyone else has posted this idea or not, but I figured I'd throw it out there just in case.

So if you're like me and have a tall tank (90 gallon) with a hardscape that can't be removed, you may have yelled some choice words at the tank while trying to tie down some plants that just won't stay in one spot, all while being armpit deep in the tank tying to bend to the side to see through the glass of the tank.

I had gotten to the point where I was basically in the tank and very upset (if you have ever had to put together IKEA furniture with lackluster directions, you know what I mean) when it hit me: zip ties. I went out into the garage and got some long zip ties (10" I think) and cinched down my java fern, keeping it in place. This allowed me to maneuver some fishing line through the root/rhizome system without having to try and hold down the fern at the same time.

Once you are done tying down everything, you can just snip off the zip tie. I suppose you could leave it in place, but I didn't have any super narrow zip ties, didn't want to have to try and fish them out of the roots once they were established, and don't like the look of the locking piece in the tank.
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Thats a good tip.

Super glue works and can be applied wet. Might be easier than zip ties as you only have to hold the glued plant to whatever you are attaching it to for a short time until the glue sets.


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What super glue works best, the gel kind? How long does it hold up underwater after it sets? I would imagine long enough to allow a root system to latch onto some hardscape.
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Gel is better. It will last quite a while under water. Its used all the time in the reef world to hold frags to rock.


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The Gel type, and yes, it is safe for the plants, sets up quickly and can be used on wet surfaces.

I like the zip tie idea, too, and might suggest that if you want to leave it in the tank the thinnest, black, and keep them turned around to hide the locking part. Careful trimming off the end, it can be sharp enough to hurt the fish.
I use them for other things and they are stable in the aquarium.
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