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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-08-2011, 05:56 PM Thread Starter
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Question Smartest Plant Tool Investment for Beginner who needs extra-long tools

What is the best investment you've ever made when getting aquatic gardening tools?

Any advice would be cherished:

I have a 24inch tall tank, and I am wondering what would be best to use to make my life easier when trimming, planting delicate stems, lifting plants to the surface, etc.

What products haven't rusted, jammed, dulled, broken, etc. for you? Which ones aren't worth buying?

If you can share a "must have" list of things that help you get around driftwood and into edges and corners, etc. can you also please share where the best place to find them cheap might be?

I ordered some aquasoil, and there was a mixup in the order, so my plants still aren't in my aquarium-- but I am already wondering how I am going to reach diagonally across from the top front to the back bottom (the tank is in a recessed nook, so I don't have access from the sides or back-- only from the front).
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-08-2011, 06:00 PM
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I have some 18" tweezers and double bend scissors for sale. I have been using them in my aquariums for quite a while now and havent rusted or dulled so far. Let me know if you are interested in them. Here is a link.

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sp...-tweezers.html
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I have 24" long stainless steel tweezers and sand flattener. They're great for my 90G.
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24inches would probably be better for me than 18. At one point in the tank, I have to reach about 40 inches from the top front to the back bottom because of a large piece of driftwood that prevents a straight shot.

I was looking at one of these, but it didn't seem to get very good reviews:

http://www.amazon.com/Aquarium-Acces...2&sr=8-1-fkmr2

Does any place make good, long, curved, spring-type scissors for trimming foreground-type plants?
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I have one of those plastic tools that I have used in my 210 (also 24 inches tall) and love them to death, I do all my planting with them and find them very very useful. The cutting head i have only used once or twice and it was tricky but the needle nose head is wonderful. And as cheap as it is it is a great long distance tool.


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Hmm... I might try a 27inch one of these, then:

http://www.aquacave.com/aquarium-ton...tics-2396.html

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I have one of those plastic tools that I have used in my 210 (also 24 inches tall) and love them to death, I do all my planting with them and find them very very useful. The cutting head i have only used once or twice and it was tricky but the needle nose head is wonderful. And as cheap as it is it is a great long distance tool.
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The 24" Marlin shears and forceps seem to be the best but expensive at $50 per tool. I've seen a Marlin 6 piece set for $200 which is what I'm saving for.
http://www.aquasythe.com/Products/24...-DR-TCS24.aspx

6 piece: http://www.azgardens.com/p-1269-aqua...lack-case.aspx
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Make sure you google reviews from AZ before ordering.

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