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Do you have a planting tool?

I've seen people use an assortment of planting tools from a 24" set of tongs to a blunt round hole digger.

Do you have a favorite?
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I have the nutrafin aquarium multitool that I got from petsmart. I don't LOVE it, but it works.

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I have a bunch of different tweezers that get the job done for me mostly...what is the blunt hole digger? that sounds interesting

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I got mine from Substrate Source on Amazon.


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I had curved fluval tweezers and they were worthless. The plant would come back out of the substrate with the tweezers. I replaced with a kit on amazon that had curved scissors, curved tweezers, and straight tweezers. I like the straight tweezers, the tip is skinny and the plants stay in the substrate when you pull the tweezers out.

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I have two of those they work very well.
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Right now I only have my hands and one pair of 12" tweezers, it took me a long time to learn how to use the tweezers well but now I cam pretty much plant anything with them and get it to stay in place on the first try. I have often though a small version of a bulb planter would work out well in aquariums, but have never seen one so I just dig a hole with my finger.
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I have one pair of 6" tweezers and a pair of 6" tissue scissors from Dr's Forster Smith. They work really well. As some have mentioned, the tweezers have a learning curve for planting. I've found substrate makes a big difference as well. Eco complete is a huge pain to plant in with tweezers but aqua soil is super easy.
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10" tweezers, couldnt do without them
8'" scissors
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I have several blunt end diggers that I use in various combinations with each other. They are also useful for holding the plants and raking the substrate back in place. They are dexterous and can operate independently from each other. Optionally they can come with pinching and cutting attachments. When not in use in the tank they are extremely useful in everyday life. I have a set of 10 of them. :-)
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I have several sets of 13" tools (which is nice when working in my 90gal)- straight and curved scissors, straight and angled tweezers, foreceps, and a "rake" with a small "spatula" on one end and larger on the other. I use everything on a regular basis other than the foreceps.

I got the sets off Ebay some time back for around $25 each, came in a nifty case and everything.





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I saw someone post in a thread years back where they bought some 24" long curved scissors(link has been removed), anyone know a place I can get something similar? I check on eBay and didn't see anything that size.
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