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Re: Plant tool kits

>Does anyone out there have any feeback about usefulness of those plant tool
>kits that a number of vendors sell? ....
> Any thoughts on which ones are good?

I bought a set from Monster Marine's website - steel long handled scissors, a 
triangular leveler, and long tweezers, as well as some long plastic tweezers 
that incorporated a cutter - the last is not worth bothering with, IMHO - its 
hard to get the cutter and the tweezer part coordinated in a heavily planted 
tank, and it bends too much.  I never use the leveler, was intrigued by all 
the uses Tom Barr found for it, but my tanks are tiny, and I haven't needed to 
do major cutting of sods or chopping runners yet!

I use the metal tweezers almost daily, great for getting floating dead leaves 
etc; I also just grab and pull at leaves of hygro etc that are looking ratty, 
they come off ok.  I use the scissors to trim off old leaves, but would prefer 
some that are a bit more robust - they find it tough to get through an Anubia 
stem or crinium leaf at the bottom of the tank.

My favourite tool is a pair of long chopsticks, that came with a wok purchase 
- I use them singly to reposition plant leaves or floating plants, as a 
planting stick, and as a stirring device, to mix in chemicals or to get fish 
food out of java fern.  Having two is useful, you always seem to put one down 

Kind regards,

Susi Barber

Susi Barber
Box 93008
Caulfeild Village Postal Outlet
West Vancouver  BC  V7W 3G4

Ph (604) 921 4506
Fax (604) 921 4507