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What effect would a rusty common iron nail have placed in the substrate next to a large Sword. Why would it be different than a root tab for iron? Would it be toxic to the fish? I am not doing this but the thought has entered into the ole head. I am always looking for ways to save or stretch the money in this hobby.
Just for a money saving tip to you guys one of the best I have seen is the use of Thiosulfate for a chlorine killer. It is dirt cheap and works perfectly, it is used extensively in the chemical industry to kill unwanted chlorine and works in our little aquariums as well. One cheap bag will last like 5 years or more!
 

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Thank you for the answer Jeff. I do not see anything wrong with being budget minded when it comes to keeping fish tanks. I know for a fact that many people here use play sand and diamond blasting sand and DIY C02 systems as well as many other cost saving ways. I use a few cost savers as well and I currently have fish over 3 years old that seem very happy. The key word in your comment is unreshearched which is why I asked the question to begin with. And while the budget is not a issue for me wasting money needlessly is. 5 bucks, times several items monthly, times a few years adds up to some real money. Perhaps you want to spend $15 for a 10 pound bag of sand from your local fish store but I prefer to spend $8 for 50lbs of black diamond sand. I would bet that my fish are doing as good or better than your own. While I agree with your rusty nail thoughts I do not agree with your anti cost saving thoughts. Keeping planted tanks is like 3rd on my list of hobbies so saving money for hobbies that I like better is important to me. I like to fly RC helicopters and airplanes so stretching the fun money is at the top of the list for me. Sorry but if it is okay I would like to keep doing planted tanks and asking dumb questions from time to time.
 

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You make good points Jeff, sorry for the snap there. One of those deals were you regret hitting the post tab.
 

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I have heard old tales that old folk used to throw rusty nails under tress to make them do better. Maybe just a myth and of course no fish involved.
 
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