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Contents:

  1. Useful Tools
    by HoeschB-at-mail.fws.gov (Wed, 19 Apr 95)
  2. Surgical Instruments
    by williaro-at-ftmcphsn-emh1.army.mil (Williams, Rochelle - DCSPIM) (Wed, 20 Mar 1996)
  3. Aquatic Plants Digest V3 #663
    by Dorian McMillan <mcmilland/cofc.edu> (Mon, 23 Nov 1998)
  4. Plant trimming tools
    by krandall/world.std.com (Mon, 23 Nov 1998)
  5. RE: Tweezers for Planting (Was Shrimp)
    by " Anthony Baker" <bakera506/earthlink.net> (Thu, 17 Jan 2002)
  6. tweezers, tongs, snips, and other torture intstruments.
    by Dgrim62/cs.com (Fri, 18 Jan 2002)
  7. Aquatic Plants Digest V4 #1549
    by john wheeler <jcwheel76/yahoo.com> (Sat, 19 Jan 2002)

Useful Tools

by HoeschB-at-mail.fws.gov
Date: Wed, 19 Apr 95

     
>From: Hardjono.Harjadi-at-Eng.Sun.COM (Hardjono Harjadi) 
>Date: Wed, 19 Apr 1995 12:08:28 -0700
>Subject: Useful tools
     
>Do you have any favorite/useful tools to plant/cut your plants ?
     
>I find tweezers/forceps is one of the most useful tool for 
>planted tank. 

I agree with this enthusiastically.  Especially look for 12" 
"Specimin Forceps" from medical or biological supply companies.    
So you don't have to reach into the tank up to your armpit.  The 
ones with blunt, serrated tips work well.

Taking a pointer from Amano's book, I looked for the long scissors 
he has pictured.  The only ones I could find that are that length 
are surgical tools, and those cost upwards of $125 a pair.  By 
coincidence, my wife Mary, who is a nurse, found a medical sales 
rep who was willing to part with a used pair for $25.  This is a 
*really fine* tool (all you engineers would resonate with this) 
and you can snipsnip with great precision.  For example, you can 
trim the adventitious roots from Rotala or Hygrophila.  Again, the 
extra length makes a difference.  But alas, I don't know of an 
alternate source.

Bob Hoesch
National Fish & Wildlife Forensics Laboratory
Ashland, OR  
HoeschB-at-fws.gov

Surgical Instruments

by williaro-at-ftmcphsn-emh1.army.mil (Williams, Rochelle - DCSPIM)
Date: Wed, 20 Mar 1996

If you're interested in purchasing inexpensive surgical instruments to 
follow Amano's teachings get a catalog from "Doctor's Foster and Smith" a 
company owned and operated by practicing veterinarians.  800-562-7169.  They 
have a few basic surgical instruments and medical scissors.  The mosquito 
hemostat is 5 inches and is wonderful to reach into those tight places. 
 They are tweezers with gripping ridges and lockable scissor handles.  The 
scalpel is also 5 inches (I bought the larger scalpel blades) and has a 
ridged grip area to ensure you don't cut yourself while cutting those tough 
stems.  I'm not as happy with the olsen-hegar needle holder which is a 
combination tweezer with gripping ridges and normal cutting scissors.  These 
are not as delicate as the hemostat and the cutting part of the scissors is 
tight and difficult to control.  The surgical scissors I will also return 
because the end is very rounded.  It would be difficult to reach into a 
thick patch and selectively cut certain stalks.  Amano's scissors are 
pointed for this purpose.  For scissors, I will use the small sewing 
scissors that are VERY sharp and fit easily in my hand.  Check you local 
Wal-Mart or sewing store and ask for the really small Fiskar sewing 
scissors.  You can also purchase a sharpener that fits perfectly and works 
easily.
Good gardening!
Rochelle Williams
williaro-at-ftmcphsn-emh1.army.mil
In snowy Atlanta - Hey!  It's the second day of Spring,
  we're supposed to be warm by now!!


Aquatic Plants Digest V3 #663

by Dorian McMillan <mcmilland/cofc.edu>
Date: Mon, 23 Nov 1998

>Date: Mon, 23 Nov 1998 14:04:59 -0600
>From: "Beard, Kelly" <KBeard@comdata.com>
>Subject: Plant trimming tools
>
>Besides the stuff ADA sells ($$$$$$$) what kind of plant planting and
>trimming tools do you have and where did you get them?  I'm thinking about
>going to a surgical supply house, if such a thing exists.
>
>Kelly Beard, Cat IV, Team Allanti
>President, Allanti Cycling Club - http://www.allanti.com 
>I/T, IBM Global Services
>

Hi Kelly-

I'm sure that there must be surgical supply houses, but short of those you
might try Carolina Biological (800-334-5551), Fisher (800-766-7000), Ward's
(800-962-2660-- http://www.wardsci.com), or VWR (800-932-5000).  Look at
their dissection tools; a good long pair of forceps or haemostat are very
handy for planting and pruning (be sure to dry your tools after you use
them).  

Cheers!

Dorian

In Charleston, where rain has been threatening for so long we no longer
believe it.


Plant trimming tools

by krandall/world.std.com
Date: Mon, 23 Nov 1998

Kelly Beard wrote:

>Besides the stuff ADA sells ($$$$$$$) what kind of plant planting and
>trimming tools do you have and where did you get them?  I'm thinking about
>going to a surgical supply house, if such a thing exists.

I had a friend of mine who is a dentist order me all sorts of neat tools
for very little money.  It seems that the dentists get catalogs with two
types of instruments.  The best ones are made in Europe, and are quite
expensive.  The lower grade instruments are made in Asia, and are _very_
inexpensive.  The dentists don't like the cheap ones, because they don't
stand up to repeated autoclaving.  Since I don't autoclave between uses,
they've stood up just fine for me.<g>  I do make sure to dry them
thoroughly before I put them away, even though they are "stainless" steel.


Karen Randall
Aquatic Gardeners Association


RE: Tweezers for Planting (Was Shrimp)

by " Anthony Baker" <bakera506/earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2002

John Wheeler was giving Naomi advice on using 
tweezers to help plant little stems...  I would be 
lost without tweezers for working in my little 5.5gal 
and for replanting glosso in any tank.

I found an online source for some relatively cheap, 
10 inch tweezers -- 
http://www.vermontcountrystore.com/
It is product number H1465.  2 pairs for 8 bucks!
They have lots of other gadgets and hard-to-find 
items.
Hope this helps.

- -Tony



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tweezers, tongs, snips, and other torture intstruments.

by Dgrim62/cs.com
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2002

Hi everyone,
The best source of high quality Aquatic Gardening tools I have ever found at 
reasonable prices is from Arizona Aquatic Gardens. Go to www.azgardens.com 
and click on their link for tools. I have the 12 inch tweezers and the 12 
inch Metzenbaum scissors. I have seen a three pack of tools in a case sold by 
other vendors, but these tools from AZ Gardens are made of thicker metal. 
They appear to be heavier duty. You can even get the tweezers and Metzenbaum 
scissors in a 24" length, although they are fairly pricey.

I can plant the most delicate stems with the tweezers, but they are heavy 
duty enough to plant big stuff deep in the gravel as well. AZ Garden's 
minumum plant order amount does not apply to tools either.

Best planted tank tools I have ever had.

Usual disclaimers.
Dave 



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Aquatic Plants Digest V4 #1549

by john wheeler <jcwheel76/yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jan 2002

Hey gang, 

Dave wrote:
<<Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2002 17:35:18 EST
From: Dgrim62@cs.com
Subject: Re: tweezers, tongs, snips, and other torture
intstruments.

Hi everyone,
The best source of high quality Aquatic Gardening
tools I have ever found at reasonable prices is from
Arizona Aquatic Gardens. Go to www.azgardens.com 
and click on their link for tools. I have the 12 inch
tweezers and the 12 inch Metzenbaum scissors. I have
seen a three pack of tools in a case sold by 
other vendors, but these tools from AZ Gardens are
made of thicker metal. They appear to be heavier duty.
You can even get the tweezers and Metzenbaum scissors
in a 24" length, although they are fairly
pricey.(snip)>>

I'm not sure all that is necessary, unless you have
money to burn. IMHO, the stainless 8" tweezers I got
from True Value for $2-3 are adequate for our needs. I
bought a pair of 6" bonsai snips with long handle and
blunt tips from a garden shop for $10. I'm sure the
German surgical stainless are very *very* nice, but do
you really *need* a $40 scissors or $20 tweezer? 

I'm just not sure the quality and price-tag match the
job description....YMMV.

Cheapest wishes,
John Wheeler






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