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lead planting weighjts

Postby prussell » Mon Oct 14, 2013 3:54 pm

I wondered what people’s views were regarding the use of lead planting weights. I can see that it would be useful in tanks with a shallow or light substrate or excavating fish. However, although I have no evidence that they are harmful, I am reluctant to put any heavy metals in my aquarium.
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Re: lead planting weighjts

Postby cousin it » Mon Oct 14, 2013 4:59 pm

Personally I think that the weights serve a purpose of holding the plants together while they are in a shop, once the plants are in the aquarium there should be no need for them to have lead weights fitted, the weights tend to damage the plant causing more harm than good.
If there are species in the tank that might dig up plants there are tricks to making plants survive this with planters or upturned plant pots.
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Re: lead planting weighjts

Postby Carylnz » Wed Oct 16, 2013 2:41 am

Sometimes it helps some from being uprooted before the roots get a chance to anchor themselves but I generally remove the lead too.
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