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Old 05-20-2011, 11:45 AM   #1 
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Bolts to weigh down plants?

I've not done this, and I tossed the plants and they're stands.

When I got my 10g back from my uncle (which looked like they'd been using it), it came with some of my old equipment and items, I tossed all the plastic plants. I noticed that some of them had been taken apart and had metal bolts attached to the bottom to act as weights.

I never used bolts for it, I dunno who did it, or if they were even my plants.

The bolts were rusted, and to me rust = nasty water = unhealthy fish = dead fish. So I tossed them without a second thought. The rust had worn off onto the plants as well.

Whats your thoughts on this?
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Old 05-20-2011, 11:48 AM   #2 
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Well, yeah, metal will rust with water running on it over the time, specially with hard water, so no, that's a bad thing to do, maybe that's why your uncle gave the tank back, since it killed it's fishes or something like this. >__>
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Old 05-20-2011, 12:16 PM   #3 
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Well I cant say for plastic plants, but I use nails next to all my real plants to give them a cheap iron boost - most of my plants grow like mad as long as I do that.
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Old 05-21-2011, 10:27 AM   #4 
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I've not done this, and I tossed the plants and they're stands.

When I got my 10g back from my uncle (which looked like they'd been using it), it came with some of my old equipment and items, I tossed all the plastic plants. I noticed that some of them had been taken apart and had metal bolts attached to the bottom to act as weights.

I never used bolts for it, I dunno who did it, or if they were even my plants.

The bolts were rusted, and to me rust = nasty water = unhealthy fish = dead fish. So I tossed them without a second thought. The rust had worn off onto the plants as well.

Whats your thoughts on this?
I ask this ? a couple of weeks ago.I read that metals are harmful to betta's.Diana S
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Old 05-24-2011, 03:29 AM   #5 
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zinc, copper, tin, silver etc... these are all bad for fish. Iron isn't necessarily BAD for them but remember that steel has nickel in it... which IS bad for them.

You can get iron weights then dip them in a little can of armor paint to use in weighing down plants. A couple dips and sun-bake-drys through the paint and give it a week to cure.
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Old 05-24-2011, 03:48 AM   #6 
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You can always hot-glue some heavy stones or even gravel on the plastic plants :P
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Old 05-24-2011, 09:06 PM   #7 
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Is hot glue okay in fish tanks?
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Old 05-25-2011, 01:22 AM   #8 
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Is hot glue okay in fish tanks?
Probably not, but you can use marine grade epoxy or silicone tank sealant.
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Marine grade sealant? Where do u get that?
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I dont know the brands you get in the USA, but I found one just called Marine Glue in the section of our shop where they keep all the glues. Just check each one, till you find one that tells you its good for use in aquariums.
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