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cotton thread breakdown

How long does it take cotton thread to break down?
When it starts breaking down is it noticeable?
Does it create any parameter changes?


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I doubt it would affect water quality in any significant way, cotton is just a plant. Ive never heard of anyone having problems. As for breaking down, not sure. I used rayon thread in a small eclipse with a lot of malaysian trumpet snails once. The moss barely took hold before the threads were broke loose because they were eating it. Maybe a week before it was all gone. So if you have snails they might eat your thread since its organic.


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I always use super glue to fasten plants cause the thread usually breaks before the plant has taken hold.
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I'm pretty sure cotton thread is just cellulose, which in turn is just a polymer of sugar molecules. They just happen to be put together in a different shape than, say, starch.

It should break down eventually, but by that time I don't imagine you would notice it, it will likely get covered in algae, moss, biofilm, etc.

I don't think it would have any significant effect on water parameters so long as you don't throw a whole bolt of cotton cloth in your tank or anything.
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Cotton thread breaks down before the plant is well anchored.
No affect on water quality (Unless you are putting several industrial sized spools in there all at once)
I never saw any bits of thread drifting around. I think the microorganisms eat it.
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I always use super glue to fasten plants cause the thread usually breaks before the plant has taken hold.

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I always use super glue to fasten plants cause the thread usually breaks before the plant has taken hold.
what is the secret? do the materials need to be dry?
I have terrible luck with super glue.


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I dry them off as much as I can, so they're not dripping, but they aren't really dry (especially wood).
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Dry the various pieces and use super glue gel.


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Dry the various pieces and use super glue gel.
The gel type is the "secret"; it works much better than the normal liquid cyanoacrylate.

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The gel type is the "secret"; it works much better than the normal liquid cyanoacrylate.
+1 get the gel type. It should cure as soon as it hits the water. Just be careful not to touch it too much since it's still soft or else the plant will just fall off again. Give it some time and it'll harden up and you won't have to worry about the plants coming off.
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