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Metal Weights in the tank

Are the flexable metal weight strips pet shops use to weight plants down safe for small tanks? I got few for free from Petsmart and would like to use them. Tank is 3 gallons.
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sure why not. I use "lead" fishing sinkers in mine all the time


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I prefer not to use them. I don't think they will hurt anything, but they usually come around bunch plants. You usually want to plant those as individual strands, so no need to use the plant weight. Also it's easy to damage a stem with them.
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When I first started with plants I used some of them because they held the plant in so easily. What I noticed is that the part of the plant that was in contact with it normally dies or rots. Maybe I had them on too tight or something, but I stopped using them.


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I don't use them for plants any more - I noticed the same thing as AnotherHobby did.

But they are very good for holding down veggies on the substrate for bottom feeders.
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I used to have riccia fluitans in my edge tank. To make sure that the riccia won't float off, I have the plastic mesh on top of the moss and then on top of the mesh are 6-8 "S" shaped stainless steel hooks that do a great job at holding down the moss. No problems were ever reported.


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Same as AnotherHobby here. Plants always seem to rot. Secret on stems is to have enough substrate to bury them.

Fishing sinkers, for the most part are still lead. Plant weights are zinc.

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