Plant weights. Good or bad for the water?

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Does anybody use the weighted metal strips for their plants? If so what are they made from? I hope not lead. Thinking about taking the plants out of their little pots and weighing them down so as they can spread a little better root wise but if they ARE.... made from lead I wont bother.
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Kanga-Fish replied the topic: Re: Plant weights. Good or bad for the water?

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Does anybody use the weighted metal strips for their plants? If so what are they made from? I hope not lead. Thinking about taking the plants out of their little pots and weighing them down so as they can spread a little better root wise but if they ARE.... made from lead I wont bother.

Hi Jamie,
I use the plant ties in my lightly planted community tank.
I have often wondered what they are made from. It certainly looks like lead, but I have always figured they couldnt be as they are sold for fish tank use. I hope there not lead. Could this small amount cause lead poisoning in the tank?
Its a good question you raise
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askhammatt replied the topic: Re: Plant weights. Good or bad for the water?

i was always under the impression it was lead jamie m8

i alwasy took it off n weighted them down with a stone of something out of view.. always figured better safe than sorry...

more recently i held plants down in one of my community tanks with the bog wood tht was in there which looked kinda cool... would love some1 2 clear up the is it/ isnt it lead question tho! ha

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JamieM replied the topic: Re: Plant weights. Good or bad for the water?

Hey Matt me old mate.... Long long time no type. How the hell are ya?

Not been long back on the scene myself just got myself hitched to a girl not far from you and she is a big, big fan and a season ticket holder for the Magpies (Toon Army) Hey hey...... I was always a big RED when I lived in Manchester and Lins couldn't believe it when I said I went to all the home games in Manx land. (red scum.... she would breath under her breath) good job I love her.... LMAO.
Anyways I have just walked back from the Metro centre which isn't far form our house just over the Scotswood Bridge and into the LFS for some of the weights I posted about. Its says on the front.

"quote, Keep Real and artificial plants in place.
Safe.... non-toxic.
Soft lead anchors wrap around plants for aquarium beauty.

If its 'Soft Lead' then surely it is toxic? Unless the lead which it says it is made from has been treated with something.
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Capt Dave replied the topic: Re: Plant weights. Good or bad for the water?

I use rocks and ties or rubber bands... I dont trust those weights no matter what the package says

I have no idea why the water bill is so high
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Noddy replied the topic: Re: Plant weights. Good or bad for the water?

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If its 'Soft Lead' then surely it is toxic? Unless the lead which it says it is made from has been treated with something.
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The soft metal strips that you get around your plants when you buy them at your LFS are deffo lead, my friend, and should be taken off at all times.
Lead is very toxic to fish and in my case it cost me my most beautifull gold nugget pleco, combined with a good lot of ignorance .
I had 7 bundles of plants, all held down by a big lump of lead, before i knew it could be hurtfull to my fish.
Different fish can withstand lead better than others, but for plecos a good ammount of lead in the tank is allmost a certain death sentence, for they can withstand the toxicity caused by the lead very poorly.
Just take them off and use the rubberbands tied to some rocks, like capt dave suggested.

The biggest polution of lead in open water is caused by lead, that fishermen use, and gets lost in the water. I heard there will be a law in Holland prohibiting the use of lead in game fishing, and as i understand some countrys allready have that law.
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JamieM replied the topic: Re: Plant weights. Good or bad for the water?

I spent the best part of two-three hours the other day taking the plants out of their little ceramic pots as they tend to inhibit root growth I was told.
Have to get them all out and get some rubber bands.....
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Kanga-Fish replied the topic: Re: Plant weights. Good or bad for the water?

Thanks for that info Noddy,
I will be removing all lead ties from my community tank tomorrow.
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JamieM replied the topic: Re: Plant weights. Good or bad for the water?

So will I. So how can the company Penn-Plax say that they are Non-toxic.

I am really p*ssed off at this especially since I spent 2-3 hours yesterday fitting them all. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.......
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Capt Dave replied the topic: Re: Plant weights. Good or bad for the water?

All of my tank plants are in the ceramic pots and grow very well. Amazon swords, elodea, and java fern

I have no idea why the water bill is so high
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