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Summer Time
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plant weights
« on: June 10, 2011, 11:52:41 AM »

Hi, 

When I buy my plants from Petsmart they come with these weights on the bottom that seem to be made out of metal, but I'm not sure.  Is it ok to place the complete plant with weight into the aquarium?  That's what I've been doing, but I wonder if it's wrong?

Thanks for any advice.
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nabi
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Re: plant weights
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2011, 12:15:53 PM »

Plants that come in bunches like Anacharis are wrapped in weighted lead strips on the bottom.   Most people will recommend that you remove this metal strip and place the plant directly into the substrate (gravel). Leaving the metal strip still wrapped around the plant can choke off nutrients to that particular part and anything below, causing it to rot .
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Re: plant weights
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2011, 01:28:27 PM »

Thanks, I better take the weights out.  I was wondering if they could be toxic by introducing metal into the water, and it sounds like they could be, especially if they're made of lead!  ugh!
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Nossie
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Re: plant weights
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2011, 02:34:39 AM »

I once bought a plant that had the weights on, I left them on while they got rooted and then I carefully picked them off. They were wrapped really gently around the plant with some foam between the weight and the stem Smiley

But of course, less work if you just skip the weights from the start Wink
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