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How I attach moss to gravel

I had a problem with my new moss squares floating away.
I use these until the roots secure then I remove.
Found in the nail section of Home Depot etc.

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What about rust?


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They're galvanized so theoretically they shouldn't rust


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Galvanized metal can still corrode under water, especially with low pH and soft water.
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Just place a few pieces of gravel around the edge. I tie my moss and leave a little edge around the squares. You'll never see it once it grows in.

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If they are being used without any noticeable problems, then I guess they are working, but personally I'd rather put bare steel in a tank then galvanized.

I believe most galvanized coatings are zinc based, and zinc can cause problems for plants and animals. Not that rust/iron can't cause problems, but I'm pretty sure it's lower down on the list of problematic metals in aquariums.

Then again, I tend to be a bit more concerned then many in regards to putting metal in aquariums. I use nylon machine screws to mount my driftwood on slate...
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I went down to JoAnn Fabrics and found stainless "Plant Pins" and used that to stick moss & Anubus to the foam background of the tank.
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Is this an ebi? If so, be careful as those backgrounds are notorious for popping loose.
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