Re: lead in tank?

> From: Zeb Swinney <zeb at capital_net>
> I've seen the small lead stips that are wrapped around the stem of plants to
> keep them ancored down.  Will the lead harm the plants or leach into the
> water and hurt the fish?  It is toxic to humans and I am leary of putting it
> in my tank but it would be useful to ancor the plants without using the peat
> blocks.  Are there any other alternatives?

I haven't used those lead weights for years. <g> They just seem to damage
the stems of the plants and prevent proper rooting. If you have a deep
enough substrate, just strip the leaves off the lower inch and a half of
the stem and insert each stem separately, into the gravel.