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Question plant anchors?!?

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The wool around my pygmy chain sword has come off, and now the plant won't stay down, it keeps floating to the surface not matter how hard I try to get it deep enough in the gravel (it's only been in the tank 2 weeks).

I still have one of those metal-like things that came wrapped around the chain sword when I first bought it, can I use that to anchor the plant or will it hurt my fish?! I'm particularly curious since I have several corys... Any advice or thoughts? Thanks.
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sure you can! just wrap the anchor around the roots about 1/4 inch below the rosette, and your plant will stay down. be careful not to crush anything though, pygmy chains are delicate

in the future, always remove or sqeeze out the wool that is wrapped around your plants... they are soaked with nutrients and will cause algae problems or worse
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I still have one of those metal-like things that came wrapped around the chain sword when I first bought it...
Those metal-like things are probably lead, it tends to oxidize over time, probably not a good idea. Try something like http://aquariumplant.com/cgi-bin/cart/pr401.html instead.

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i think the lead is coated/galvanised with something...

do u plant to have it in there for long term ?

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i think the lead is coated/galvanised with something...

Lead is not normally galvanized. In fact I don't even think it's possible to galvanize lead as the melting point of lead is less than that of zinc. And I doubt that the lead is coated either.

That being said most plant weights in the US are no longer lead but an alloy that is fairly inert.

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I would just be persistent and keep trying to replant the Chain sword, Apache.

I know, it is like banging your head against the wall, but once the plant's roots take hold you will never have to worry about it again!

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thanks for the clarification Rex ...
i said galvanized...lol...i couldnt find the right word...but what i was trying to say is that it is coated with something...but i guess not ..looking at it ..it seems like its coated with plastic or something...

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Thanks all. I don't plan on keeping the anchor on for long, just long enough to help get the plant roots established. From everything I've read/ advice given, I think it'll be OK to leave it on for abit.

Thanks again!
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Hey all and Happy New Year. I use pure lead wire on all my plants and have never had a problem---I would consider my situation to be a good test case as my holding tanks are quite dense with plants. Fish grow and spawn, plants thrive.

I use this because I corresponded with a few Florida fish farms and they use pure lead sheeting cut up into strips (available in plumbing stores). I found the wire to be easier to use and does not hurt the plants.
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