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Favorite tools for planted tank

Hi everyone,
I have a few tools for my tanks but I am not sure they are working very well for me. I have fluval flora planting tongs which are ok. I also have a Rio precision stainless steel trimmer (scissors) which I do like. Can you tell me about your favorite tools, the brand and why you like the tool or what it is used for? I am hoping to get ideas to make tank maintenance easier and more enjoyable.

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Not really a tool but something I keep in all my bigger planted tanks now is a small powerhead for flow, Helps so much with algea and keeps detritus suspended for filters to pick up, Really helps with maintnence.
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Get a decent set of pincettes/tweezers those Fluval ones seem fine until you get another pair.
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Get a decent set of pincettes/tweezers those Fluval ones seem fine until you get another pair.
Thank you Bizzle. I followed your link. I think you fixed my Tweezer problem. That model looks nice and pointy.
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Get a decent set of pincettes/tweezers those Fluval ones seem fine until you get another pair.
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Thank you Bizzle. I followed your link. I think you fixed my Tweezer problem. That model looks nice and pointy.
Too bad bizzle's link isn't there anymore ... ? I'm also looking for some decent tweezers/scissors and would appreciate recommendations.

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Too bad bizzle's link isn't there anymore ... ? I'm also looking for some decent tweezers/scissors and would appreciate recommendations.
got mine from DFS - http://www.drsfostersmith.com/fish-s...578/3746/12164




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....I also made the sand rake and push rod thing. The rod is for burying loose balls of Osmo+. It's just a SS welding rod with a tiny concave appendage add to the end. I didnt want to overdo it using a full tab by every one the tiny crypts, etc, what I did was just sprinkle a few loose pellets all around them (they sink), then used the rod to push them down into the sand.

After applying this method, think I will do it more often because it's easy to evenly distribute the fertilizer around the plant, instead of having a big glob of it in one place. Just a hypothesis, but seems like it would make for better root growth, ie, in all directions.
Now Im starting to really need some offset scissors..


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Oh, handy info ... thanks!

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http://www.amazon.com/U-P-Aqua-D-615-Professional-Tweezer/dp/B005VEWD28/ref=sr_1_2?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1397787899&sr=1-2&keywords=up+aqua+tweezersI lol'd when i saw prices for ada tweezers. I got some wave scissors on there too http://www.amazon.com/SubstrateSource-Professional-Stainless-Aquarium-Aquascaping/dp/B00H8D38ZQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1397790646&sr=1-1&keywords=substratesource+scissors they do the job on HC but i feel like you could get better quality for the same price if you were to look harder than I did But they do come with a free case that looks great in the garbage can.
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More info, excellent ... Those aquascaping wave scissors sure are sexy. And pricey, ouch.

If anybody else has favorite brands, bring 'em on!

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Just put Tweezers into the search box on E-bay.
Sorry for the lack of brightness in this picture. The short tweezers and scissors are all 12". All from E-bay. Very sad that American pet suppliers have not woke up.
Have never seen any of these in pet shops YET.
I mostly use the long tweezer and the narrow scissors but bought the wide blade
scissors because the hinge in scissors seems to last longer in ones that are wider.
But the narrow ones have longer tips and cut through matts of plants better for it.
Don't see any reason that curved can't do what straight can do so why duplicate.
The curve in the tip of the scissors helps keep the blades together better than on straight ones. See no reason to buy $125 scissors from one of those rimless tank
enthusiastics shops(ego perhaps) but did find a source for ones made of Titanium
which cost about $75 but in all fairness should last better.
But I would like a pair of and don't know where to buy Pinsettes just for planting.
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/pi...ictureid=56402
None of these cost over $15/w the shipping.

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I got my tools all in a big kit off of fleabay. Think I paid ~$30 shipped for all six tools in a nifty little zipper case.


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Get a turkey baster, great for sucking out soft, uneaten food, and agitating crap off of plants so you can siphon them out.


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