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I often see people writing that they use zip ties, mono filament, etc in their tanks to tie down equipment or plants and such. Is there any reason I shouldn't use velcro? I ask because I am starting to flood a 125g tank, and I have two large (24"+) pieces of driftwood in it. I always use super glue to attach dw to heavy rocks, but one of these pieces was just too buoyant and my glue bond was iffy at best. Got the tank 1/2 flooded and it popped loose. The wood floated so that it was 1/2 submerged, but I've had wood before that didn't stay submerged on it's own even after a year. Not wanting to weigh it down with a rock while it soaks, and not wanting to take it out, dry it, and re-glue it (because I'd have to glue it to two rocks, one front and one back, while OUTside the tank, then try to gingerly place it back in without doing damage to the tank) I decided to use some indoor/outdoor ultra thin velcro I had on hand. It's the kind that's one single thin strip and it sticks to itself. It's working really well - and since so many aquarium parts - filters, fake plants, etc - are plastic I don't see how the velcro is different than say, a zip tie.
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Maybe I missed it but how did you attach the velcro? My concern would be the durability and chemical make up of the "tape" side of the velcro. If it didn't have the sticky tape and you super glued each part of the velcro to each surface I think that would work fine.


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Maybe I missed it but how do you plan to attach the velcro?
Ya.. most of the velcros have glues on the backs of them.... cant imagine they would be fish friendly....

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Sorry, I wasn't clear - this type of velcro doesn't have any glue - it's not adhesive. It's an ultra thin strip, and one side of the strip is the "loop" and the other is the "tooth", but in miniature form (that's why it's ultra thin). So when you make a circle or loop with it, it sticks to itself. The way I used it was to tie the dw to a rock, and the rock weighs it down. No glue, it works like a zip tie would.

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Sorry, I wasn't clear - this type of velcro doesn't have any glue - it's not adhesive. It's an ultra thin strip, and one side of the strip is the "loop" and the other is the "tooth", but in miniature form (that's why it's ultra thin). So when you make a circle or loop with it, it sticks to itself. The way I used it was to tie the dw to a rock, and the rock weighs it down. No glue, it works like a zip tie would.
i don't see a problem with it... i don't think the velcro itself is usually treated with anything prone to leeching in water, maybe i'm wrong.
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Thanks - I didn't think so either...it's working really well, I may use it more often!

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Sorry, I wasn't clear - this type of velcro doesn't have any glue - it's not adhesive. It's an ultra thin strip, and one side of the strip is the "loop" and the other is the "tooth", but in miniature form (that's why it's ultra thin). So when you make a circle or loop with it, it sticks to itself. The way I used it was to tie the dw to a rock, and the rock weighs it down. No glue, it works like a zip tie would.
yeh I see no issues then.

where'd you get the stuff so others might be able to find it?


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