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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-16-2005, 05:46 AM Thread Starter
 
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Spatula!!!!

I'm buying some scissors from AZ Garden...

Their spatula or "gravel flattener" is on sale. Do I really need to have this to flatten the gravel and does it really work?

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Only if you have lumpy gravel

Why not buy a spatula from a dollar store. While you are there you could get a cheap potato masher for the tough spots


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ROFL! I use an ancient pair of scissors just for plant pruning on pain of death (house full of kids who think every pair of scissors is just the thing to go cut cardboard)

IME, gravel has a way of smoothing itself out, especially if you have bottom-dwelling fish like loaches, etc.

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Spatula!!!!

Great idea with the potato masher, Clone!

On that note... I was just wondering about all this last night - the "tool thing." Before I actually planted my tank I would look at all those fancy, expensive tools on the websites and think y'all have totally lost your marbles buying that stuff. Planted less than a week and if I had the money - I'd be all over them! Which brings me to my point (finally). And blatant thread hi-jack.

Everybody please share your other "Dollar Store specials" as far as planting tools go. What to we newbies need to INVEST in and where can we improvise???

Thanks! Kathy
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Well, I do have part of a set of salad spoons under my tank. Great for planting sword plants. I think I got them either at kmart or walmart at end of season prices. Maybe $0.50 for the set? Bought up a whole bunch of them too = the spoon part is great for serving. One found its way to my barn to mix up supplements for my horse.

I have a cheapy set of the plant tongs (I'm sure a kitchen set would work just as well), and the end of my algae scraper (penn plax I think) has a planting tool, not that I use either end. I like the kent scraper better than a sponge.

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Everybody please share your other "Dollar Store specials" as far as planting tools go. What to we newbies need to INVEST in and where can we improvise???
Dollar store items puchaced for tank use: pointed tweezers, regular tweezers, eye dropper, measuring spoons, scissors, canisters for ferts, and hair nets for failed riccia experiments.


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The coolest item for breeding fish is the turket baster. Moves up fry, change water, feed brine, instant current....

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My father-in-law gave me some old stainless surgery scissors that have an angle before the hinge, which is great for cutting in tight spaces, underneath branches, etc. I also have two long tweezers, plastic and metal. The plastic are crap IMHO. Iím also a big fan of bare hands and fingernails, and Iím betting that many of you are as wellÖ
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Everybody please share your other "Dollar Store specials" as far as planting tools go. What to we newbies need to INVEST in and where can we improvise???
It's not really a dollar store thing, but I have this medical syringe type thing that is great for great for dosing liquid ferts. It's not the really sharp kind, I think I got found it in an old first aid kit. It is accurate to one tenth mL or CCM.
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Everybody please share your other "Dollar Store specials" as far as planting tools go. What to we newbies need to INVEST in and where can we improvise???
I have an "eBay Special" pair of 12" hemostats that I don't think I could do without. I use them to plant stem plants, pick out loose leaves, push flourish tabs into the substrate and lot's of other uses that I can't think of at the moment.
I've got my eye's open for a pair of long scissors too. That reminds me to check eBay and see if I can find a pair.

edited to say...If I don't find a cheap pair on eBay, then off to AZ Gardens.
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I have the expensive $50 set that comes with 3 scissors, 2 forceps and a gravel flattener. I got it for last Christmas. Surprisingly, I do actually use the gravel flattener once in a while. I wouldn't spend $20 on one, but since it came in the set, it is pretty handy.
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Spatula!!!

Thanks y'all! Keep it coming!

Kathy (Heading off to find hubby's old hemostat. And maybe some vinegar or something to clean it. No - he is NOT a doctor... )
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