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post #21 of 30 Old 02-09-2010, 07:43 PM
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Steph, you could wipe them with rubbing alcohol. obviously let them dry well. Isopropyl (sp?) alcohol mixes with water. Not that any would get in the tank but it mixes with therefore it would dilute very well if a trace did get in. As long as it's dry it won't get in. Just keep it away from open tank lids ;)

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post #22 of 30 Old 02-09-2010, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
good point because I don't want to use water and make the scissors rust...that would be even worse later on.

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post #23 of 30 Old 02-09-2010, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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Steph: Then you need more calcium in your personal diet Meanwhile scissorswork...just be sure you have no pleco hiding under the very leaf you wanna cut ok!?
OMG you are so right, or shrimp...and my pleco does hang out right by the stem plant that needs a good pruning right now!

So where exactly would you cut... there is lush leaf growth toward the top of the stem, some new growth on the bottom, roots all along the bottom. Where would you prune? (I know we've had this discussion on some thread in the past but refresh my memory while you're online there)

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good point because I don't want to use water and make the scissors rust...that would be even worse later on.
Buy a pair of stainless steel scissors that are to be used only in your tanks and no where else. When you're done pruning just use a towel to wipe them dry and don't store them "closed", leave them open, so they will fully dry. I've had my same pair of scissors for two years, no rust. I don't remember what they cost but they weren't expensive. (I keep my scissors in the cabinet under my tank)

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Buy a pair of stainless steel scissors that are to be used only in your tanks and no where else. When you're done pruning just use a towel to wipe them dry and don't store them "closed", leave them open, so they will fully dry. I've had my same pair of scissors for two years, no rust. I don't remember what they cost but they weren't expensive. (I keep my scissors in the cabinet under my tank)
good point. I think i have an un-opened pair that i can use.

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So where exactly would you cut... there is lush leaf growth toward the top of the stem, some new growth on the bottom, roots all along the bottom. Where would you prune? (I know we've had this discussion on some thread in the past but refresh my memory while you're online there)
That dep what you wanna achieve?
Just new bushier growth for stem plants and Hygro's? Then cut them half way so the old stem will regrow with 2 new one's like a Y....
Just to keep them covering your surface trim them just about 0.5" under the water line...

Maybe it would help if you could look at your tank TOGETHER with your Gardner in the house befeore you mow it all down?

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Did you wash them or anything first? I'll def sterilize with vinegar before using but some scissors have oils and stuff. just wondering.
I have only used my manicure scissors inside the tank other than the actual aquarium tool I have. I washed the scissors...not with soap, but just rinsed it real well. I don't really use them on myself so did not mind using it for the small tank last night.

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post #28 of 30 Old 02-09-2010, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
Don't worry, I won't do anything crazy. At this point, i'm afraid to dig in there with a pair of scissors. No telling what this prune-happy clean-freak will do.

You should have seen me with the clippers one night when my husband got the crazies and asked me to cut his hair instead of paying the barber. Finally he had to say, "Um, sweetie, I think that's enough". "No, no just a little more, I have to even it out". Pretty soon afterwards, he just stood up and said "thanks, that looks great" and got in the shower. I'm a little scissor happy.

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You should have seen me with the clippers one night when my husband got the crazies and asked me to cut his hair instead of paying the barber. Finally he had to say, "Um, sweetie, I think that's enough". "No, no just a little more, I have to even it out". Pretty soon afterwards, he just stood up and said "thanks, that looks great" and got in the shower. I'm a little scissor happy.
awesome...I can just picture that one...did he start singing in the shower...something like "In the army now..."

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post #30 of 30 Old 02-16-2010, 01:27 PM
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I don't have my tank planted, YET, but I think a map helped me tremendously. It also gave other members a chance to see my layout and offer advice, which helped very much! You can see my thread under the plants section called "55g plant suggestions". Everyone was very helpful and it will be a good reference when I plant my tank next week. I just created a map in MS Paint and was able to easily make changes.
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