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post #1 of 5 Old 11-22-2011, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
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Pruning/Maintenance Tools

What are your favorite tools to use for pruning and maintening your plants? I'm probably really overthinking this but I don't want to dive in with my 2 year old's crayola scissors. My aquarium just got it's cherry plant popped so (I assume) it will be a while before it first needs to be trimmed but doesn't hurt to be prepared.

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post #2 of 5 Old 11-22-2011, 04:42 PM
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The only special tool I use is fluval's planting tongs. I use them mostly for planting but occasionally they are good for removing unwanted runners. I just use a regular pair of scissor for all of my trimming. I don't do a ton of pruning, but about once a month I trim things and pull out anything that has spread too far. If you are interested here is my tank.
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post #3 of 5 Old 11-22-2011, 05:07 PM
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I just use cheap kitchen scissors from Walmart. I had a water wisteria that was overtaking my 100 gallon. I had to give it a trim every week or two and the scissors were perfect for that.

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post #4 of 5 Old 11-22-2011, 05:36 PM
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I use my fingers.

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post #5 of 5 Old 11-22-2011, 05:41 PM
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+1 to all. I use Petco planting tongs for manipulating stem plants in hard-to-reach spots, my fingers (preferred), and/or a sharp pair of chrome-plated scissors (rust free) if I'm doing a general trim.

18 species/varieties of fish, 15 species/varieties of plants - The fish are finally ahead of the plants!
*560 gallons (2120 liters) in 5 tanks -> you do the math.
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