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Make shift tools

I'm curious to know what tools people are using to plant and otherwise maintain their planted tanks. My order for a set of tools hasn't arrived yet. I went to the LFS tonight and wanted to plant my purchases when I got home so I made do:

A pair of stainless steel chopsticks my husband brought home from Korea and a soup spoon.
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I use silicone kitchen brushes to clean off the surfaces of rocks, driftwood, etc. Spare, clean syringes from the hospital where I work to measure out liquid fert milliliters.

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Plastic putty blade (sold for sheetrock) works great to smooth the substrate. Comes in several sizes, too.
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I just got mine from the Flea Bay. I frequently use the 15" tweezers.
I tried a couple of different "brands" and only one pair of the tweezers
has a decent actually cut serration on the tips. The other have a pattern pressed into them. I only get curved scissors because I think you can do anything with those and the curve holds the blades together. I've been using mine for over a year and none have anything like gotten dull.
But I don't cut tree limbs either.

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