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Elwynnsolo
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Objects that can be safely put in tanks.
« on: April 25, 2012, 11:36:35 AM »

I have large flat bubble stones about 5in. long.  They dont stay put.  Also my plastic plants float up constantly. What can be used as a weight to hold things down.  Most metals would be dangerous.  I would think quartz or flint rocks would be safe.  I was thinking a stainless table knife tied to the bottom of the bubbler stones w.nykon fishing line would not be a contamanate to the fish.  I also have some of those stones from a California beach that are black and smooth ,obsidian i think.

Any suggestions?
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scrivens345
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Re: Objects that can be safely put in tanks.
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2012, 12:44:16 PM »

I bury my airstones under gravel, and I use stones to anchor my plants
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Re: Objects that can be safely put in tanks.
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2012, 03:42:30 PM »

One. Gravel?

And there are plenty of really nice live plants to use, who will take care of themselves once they root in the gravel.
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Re: Objects that can be safely put in tanks.
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2012, 03:53:00 AM »

Yeah I bury my air stones under the gravel and their fine.

For my live plants I use weights (like the images below) my plants were sold with weights on them -

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Re: Objects that can be safely put in tanks.
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2012, 09:01:24 AM »

When using those plant weights, it's the kind you wrap around the stalks, right? It's usually a good idea to stick a thin piece of foam between the weight and the stalks Smiley That's how most plants are sold here either way, and I've saved a few of the "wrappings" just in case Wink
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Re: Objects that can be safely put in tanks.
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2012, 11:13:57 AM »

I ve never seen plant weights like that!  Gravel is a problem-once my fish get a certain size they begin moving the gravel.  I have many crystal pyramids of semi preciuos stones,  Clear quartz rose,citrine,tigerseye,and amethyest. Ive used them in the past- I think there is no ill effects to the fish by using them. I was hoping for input on those if anyone knows of dangers in the aquarium.  I have seen those nickel size round glass aquarim stones , but the fish can push them around too!

Oh well I havent bought any new fish yet,so I have time for more research!    Thank you all!
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Re: Objects that can be safely put in tanks.
« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2012, 11:16:17 AM »

On live plants is it better to buy grown plant or the dried packet of bulbs?
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Re: Objects that can be safely put in tanks.
« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2012, 11:28:09 AM »

I jusst did some research  on the Supa Big 10 plant weights.  They are made of LEAD! So I guess lead is not poisonous to fish!  I have used Split shot fishing weights to hold things down, I thought being a heavy metal it would hurt fish!  I know copper brass and certain levels of iron are deadly!
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Re: Objects that can be safely put in tanks.
« Reply #8 on: April 27, 2012, 02:27:41 AM »

I only ever let the weights be on the plants temporarily in case the plant in question didn't have roots yet. Just because I don't want to close the plant roots into anything, be it pots or weights Smiley

There is a reason the fish start moving the gravel: It's their natural behavior. And personally I don't think a fish can be happy if it isn't allowed to do what it's supposed to. Goldfish in nature dig through the mud to find edible insects and worms, I think it's very important that you try and mimic their natural environment at least a little if you intend to keep fish. (By choosing plants that would grow in their original habitat etc, but that's more a case for people keeping fish that are found in the wild.) Why is it even a problem though?

I think getting whole plants are the best, I mean how do you even intend to keep your goldfish from eating the small ones? Rather look into some different kinds that work to keep with goldfish and buy some of those.

And you can edit your posts instead of adding 3 Tongue
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Re: Objects that can be safely put in tanks.
« Reply #9 on: April 27, 2012, 03:06:58 AM »

I tend to keep my plants with the weights they came with, I've chucked the foam stuff now as it got a little gritty.
The elodea has been fine with it, it just stops it flying off everywhere, that stuff has grown so much.......
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« Reply #10 on: April 27, 2012, 07:45:47 AM »

That's always useful of course Smiley For some reason, these tall things I have now stay really well in place, all I did was add a little wall of pebbles around the roots so the goldies wouldn't be digging too close Smiley
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Re: Objects that can be safely put in tanks.
« Reply #11 on: April 27, 2012, 03:23:55 PM »

I dont mind my fish moving rocks-its just a pain to keep replacing things, and I want to keep my hands out of the water as much as possible!  My 12 inch long fantail developed quite a personality.  She would get a mouth full of rocks, and spit them one by one against the side of the tank! Seeminly she would float eye to eye and stare down anyone who watched her!  She was a red head with a white body named Lucy after lucille Ball.  Coincidently the week LB died my fish seemed to loose her red head and turned totally white!-weird huh!?
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Re: Objects that can be safely put in tanks.
« Reply #12 on: April 27, 2012, 04:46:13 PM »

I've had to move some plants to my tropical tanks because my goldies kept digging them up....ces't la vie Wink
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Re: Objects that can be safely put in tanks.
« Reply #13 on: April 28, 2012, 12:55:26 AM »

ah I am back to annoy you gold fish people Tongue
my family use bolt screws or anything else that is stainless steel in the shop we have a bolt in our koi tank for 8 years now the same one no problem

I even got quick dry cement made a bridge out of it put some fake plants in the quick dry cement while it was drying
the bridge git taken out of my gold fish tank now it is in my saltwater tank no problems anywhere it has been there for 3 years now

FROM CREAMKILLER  now pufferman hahaha
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Re: Objects that can be safely put in tanks.
« Reply #14 on: April 28, 2012, 03:26:25 AM »

You can always use silicone and stick some ornaments together, like driftwood and slate? c:
I think that would be better than quick cement c:
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Re: Objects that can be safely put in tanks.
« Reply #15 on: April 28, 2012, 11:13:27 AM »

Slate sounds good too-the rubber cement is used in glueing together aqariums-so that would work.  Only is there any special color of slate to watch out for? Like is any poisonous in the aquarim-there are many colors?! How about Limesstone or granite?  There is lots of granite used by GA hwys on the side of the road!
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Re: Objects that can be safely put in tanks.
« Reply #16 on: April 28, 2012, 02:11:10 PM »

Limestone should be avoided since it will be changing the water quality.

Don't pick anything up from next to the road, that's most likely polluted with all kinds of stuff you don't want in your tank.
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Re: Objects that can be safely put in tanks.
« Reply #17 on: April 30, 2012, 11:46:37 AM »

Okay
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