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Old 14-02-2003, 09:33 PM
Bill Beam
 
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Need to know what to use to trim my plants. Wife doesn't want me to
use the good scissors cause she thinks the water will rust them. I
tell her I would dry them but no go. Do I need to go to a fish store
and buy a special pair or can I just use something I can get a
Wal-Mart or an Arts-and-Crafts store? Thx

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Old 14-02-2003, 10:08 PM
Eric Schreiber
 
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Bill Beam wrote:

Need to know what to use to trim my plants. Wife doesn't want me to
use the good scissors cause she thinks the water will rust them. I
tell her I would dry them but no go. Do I need to go to a fish store
and buy a special pair or can I just use something I can get a
Wal-Mart or an Arts-and-Crafts store? Thx


You don't need special scissors, though you might want to stick with
stainless steel for the anti-rust thing.

There are specialty scissors sold for maintaining planted tanks.
Mostly they amount to very long but otherwise normal scissors. I'd
imagine you could find something similar at a large hobby store.

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Old 14-02-2003, 10:08 PM
Eric Schreiber
 
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Bill Beam wrote:

Need to know what to use to trim my plants. Wife doesn't want me to
use the good scissors cause she thinks the water will rust them. I
tell her I would dry them but no go. Do I need to go to a fish store
and buy a special pair or can I just use something I can get a
Wal-Mart or an Arts-and-Crafts store? Thx


You don't need special scissors, though you might want to stick with
stainless steel for the anti-rust thing.

There are specialty scissors sold for maintaining planted tanks.
Mostly they amount to very long but otherwise normal scissors. I'd
imagine you could find something similar at a large hobby store.

--
www.ericschreiber.com
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Old 14-02-2003, 10:41 PM
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I found good prices on stqainless steele scissors here. I bought two sizes.
http://www.medicalsuppliesplus.net/S...ges/page08.htm
Bob
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Need to know what to use to trim my plants. Wife doesn't want me to
use the good scissors cause she thinks the water will rust them. I
tell her I would dry them but no go. Do I need to go to a fish store
and buy a special pair or can I just use something I can get a
Wal-Mart or an Arts-and-Crafts store? Thx



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Old 14-02-2003, 10:41 PM
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I found good prices on stqainless steele scissors here. I bought two sizes.
http://www.medicalsuppliesplus.net/S...ges/page08.htm
Bob
"Bill Beam" wrote in message
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Need to know what to use to trim my plants. Wife doesn't want me to
use the good scissors cause she thinks the water will rust them. I
tell her I would dry them but no go. Do I need to go to a fish store
and buy a special pair or can I just use something I can get a
Wal-Mart or an Arts-and-Crafts store? Thx





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Old 15-02-2003, 09:36 AM
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Thumb nail is OK for stem plants...
Slowly peeling down at the ground makes it for others.

Philippe


"Bill Beam" wrote in message ...
| Need to know what to use to trim my plants. Wife doesn't want me to
| use the good scissors cause she thinks the water will rust them. I
| tell her I would dry them but no go. Do I need to go to a fish store
| and buy a special pair or can I just use something I can get a
| Wal-Mart or an Arts-and-Crafts store? Thx

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Old 15-02-2003, 09:36 AM
Philippe Lemaire
 
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Thumb nail is OK for stem plants...
Slowly peeling down at the ground makes it for others.

Philippe


"Bill Beam" wrote in message ...
| Need to know what to use to trim my plants. Wife doesn't want me to
| use the good scissors cause she thinks the water will rust them. I
| tell her I would dry them but no go. Do I need to go to a fish store
| and buy a special pair or can I just use something I can get a
| Wal-Mart or an Arts-and-Crafts store? Thx

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Old 18-02-2003, 06:48 PM
Dave Millman
 
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Bill Beam wrote:

Need to know what to use to trim my plants. Wife doesn't want me to
use the good scissors cause she thinks the water will rust them. I
tell her I would dry them but no go. Do I need to go to a fish store
and buy a special pair or can I just use something I can get a
Wal-Mart or an Arts-and-Crafts store? Thx


The key attributes for plant shears a

* SHARP
* Stainless steel

I bought a cheap drugstore pair labelled Stainless Steel. It was not-it
rusted within in weeks. Now I use a pair from the office supply store-no
rust in more than a year. Cost was $3.99.

I also have a long pair. These are of limited utility. The longer they
get, the more likely they are to twist when you try to cut a tough stem.
But they are valuable if your tank is deep.

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Old 18-02-2003, 06:48 PM
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Bill Beam wrote:

Need to know what to use to trim my plants. Wife doesn't want me to
use the good scissors cause she thinks the water will rust them. I
tell her I would dry them but no go. Do I need to go to a fish store
and buy a special pair or can I just use something I can get a
Wal-Mart or an Arts-and-Crafts store? Thx


The key attributes for plant shears a

* SHARP
* Stainless steel

I bought a cheap drugstore pair labelled Stainless Steel. It was not-it
rusted within in weeks. Now I use a pair from the office supply store-no
rust in more than a year. Cost was $3.99.

I also have a long pair. These are of limited utility. The longer they
get, the more likely they are to twist when you try to cut a tough stem.
But they are valuable if your tank is deep.

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Old 18-02-2003, 10:39 PM
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"Bill Beam" wrote in message
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Need to know what to use to trim my plants. Wife doesn't want me to
use the good scissors cause she thinks the water will rust them. I
tell her I would dry them but no go. Do I need to go to a fish store
and buy a special pair or can I just use something I can get a
Wal-Mart or an Arts-and-Crafts store? Thx


I was given one of the Aquascaping Kits from Aquarium Landscapes. Expensive
($34), but the tools are fantastic, especially the scissors. Find it here
http://www.fishvet.com/store/itemdet...09202001165813


Jamie
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"Bill Beam" wrote in message
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Need to know what to use to trim my plants. Wife doesn't want me to
use the good scissors cause she thinks the water will rust them. I
tell her I would dry them but no go. Do I need to go to a fish store
and buy a special pair or can I just use something I can get a
Wal-Mart or an Arts-and-Crafts store? Thx


I was given one of the Aquascaping Kits from Aquarium Landscapes. Expensive
($34), but the tools are fantastic, especially the scissors. Find it here
http://www.fishvet.com/store/itemdet...09202001165813


Jamie
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Old 20-02-2003, 04:03 AM
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I was given one of the Aquascaping Kits from Aquarium Landscapes. Expensive
($34), but the tools are fantastic, especially the scissors. Find it here
http://www.fishvet.com/store/itemdet...09202001165813



I have that kit, too, and I really like it. I use it all the time, almost
daily. The scissors are good quality, and don't rust or slip. The tweezers
are great for planting in tight spaces. The rake I don't use quite as often,
but it comes in handy when my clown loaches decide to go excavating. (I think
they were backhoes in their former lives.)







Leigh

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I was given one of the Aquascaping Kits from Aquarium Landscapes. Expensive
($34), but the tools are fantastic, especially the scissors. Find it here
http://www.fishvet.com/store/itemdet...09202001165813



I have that kit, too, and I really like it. I use it all the time, almost
daily. The scissors are good quality, and don't rust or slip. The tweezers
are great for planting in tight spaces. The rake I don't use quite as often,
but it comes in handy when my clown loaches decide to go excavating. (I think
they were backhoes in their former lives.)







Leigh

http://www.fortunecity.com/lavender/halloween/881/
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Old 21-02-2003, 04:11 AM
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I have the same kit too (was on sale on drsfostersmith.com). I love the
tweezers, but I have a mixed feeling with the scissors. it is nice and
long, and has a curved cutting end, but it doesn't have a "real" blade! The
cutting surface is essentially a flat near-perpendicular corner, so it
really doesn't "cut" well. It's possible that my expectations on any
cutting tools are high since I have lots of high-quality shears I use for
outdoor gardening, etc, which has a tapered blade which makes it easier to
cut.

because of lack of a tapered blade, when I try to cut the sword plant stems,
it won't cut the stem unless you cut it using near the base of the
scissors.. at which I end up grabbing the gravel in the tank with the tip
and making it even harder to cut sometimes (hence I end up leaving a long
stump at the base of the plant...). When I try to cut near the tip (or 1/2
way closer to the tip than the base) it ends up twisting/bending the scissor
and warp the thing (had to un-warp it few times already).

If no one else has that problem, I wonder if I have a defective scissors...?
for cutting thin stalks and stuff it's ok for the most part...

linda

"LeighMo" wrote in message
...
I was given one of the Aquascaping Kits from Aquarium Landscapes.

Expensive
($34), but the tools are fantastic, especially the scissors. Find it here
http://www.fishvet.com/store/itemdet...09202001165813



I have that kit, too, and I really like it. I use it all the time, almost
daily. The scissors are good quality, and don't rust or slip. The

tweezers
are great for planting in tight spaces. The rake I don't use quite as

often,
but it comes in handy when my clown loaches decide to go excavating. (I

think
they were backhoes in their former lives.)







Leigh

http://www.fortunecity.com/lavender/halloween/881/



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LM
 
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Default Scissors for cutting plants...

I have the same kit too (was on sale on drsfostersmith.com). I love the
tweezers, but I have a mixed feeling with the scissors. it is nice and
long, and has a curved cutting end, but it doesn't have a "real" blade! The
cutting surface is essentially a flat near-perpendicular corner, so it
really doesn't "cut" well. It's possible that my expectations on any
cutting tools are high since I have lots of high-quality shears I use for
outdoor gardening, etc, which has a tapered blade which makes it easier to
cut.

because of lack of a tapered blade, when I try to cut the sword plant stems,
it won't cut the stem unless you cut it using near the base of the
scissors.. at which I end up grabbing the gravel in the tank with the tip
and making it even harder to cut sometimes (hence I end up leaving a long
stump at the base of the plant...). When I try to cut near the tip (or 1/2
way closer to the tip than the base) it ends up twisting/bending the scissor
and warp the thing (had to un-warp it few times already).

If no one else has that problem, I wonder if I have a defective scissors...?
for cutting thin stalks and stuff it's ok for the most part...

linda

"LeighMo" wrote in message
...
I was given one of the Aquascaping Kits from Aquarium Landscapes.

Expensive
($34), but the tools are fantastic, especially the scissors. Find it here
http://www.fishvet.com/store/itemdet...09202001165813



I have that kit, too, and I really like it. I use it all the time, almost
daily. The scissors are good quality, and don't rust or slip. The

tweezers
are great for planting in tight spaces. The rake I don't use quite as

often,
but it comes in handy when my clown loaches decide to go excavating. (I

think
they were backhoes in their former lives.)







Leigh

http://www.fortunecity.com/lavender/halloween/881/





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