What is safe to use to weigh something down in the water?

dbfirewifeApril 30, 2014

What do you all use in your ponds when you need to weigh something down? Is it safe to use a brick? At Home Depot they have some small, maybe half bricks.. would these be ok? I sure don't want to use something that would harm the fish.. Thanks
Debbie

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mossybert

I use flat rocks. A small brick should be ok if the edges are not too sharp---don't want the fish to scrape against sharp edges.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2014 at 3:10PM
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VirginiaWhine

I use a big rock that has been smoothed from years of rain. I have one in the bucket with my papyrus. It keeps the bucket down & the papyrus in the position I want it.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2014 at 10:55PM
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lezro(6b-7)

I use big rocks usually, but concrete landscape bricks seem to be just fine also.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2014 at 10:50PM
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waterbug_guy(Phoenix AZ (Melrose))

I don't know off hand anything that would be harmful to fish. Brick, rock concrete are all OK.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2014 at 1:36AM
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gilley111

Just found out my husband used some old lead fishing sinkers to hold plants down. Is this ok?

    Bookmark   May 26, 2014 at 11:15PM
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waterbug_guy(Phoenix AZ (Melrose))

Lead wouldn't be a good idea, but I wouldn't panic about it. Doesn't really leach into water in any great amount at the pH levels most people keep their pond.

It would be very bad if the sinkers are small enough that fish could swallow them. That can cause lead poisoning.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2014 at 12:07AM
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frankielynnsie

I use rocks too. I have used concrete pavers before but they leach out somehow and get very rough so I try not to use them anymore. It hasn't seemed to bother the fish any but I hate to put what ever is in the concrete in their home..

    Bookmark   May 27, 2014 at 8:19PM
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waterbug_guy(Phoenix AZ (Melrose))
    Bookmark   May 27, 2014 at 8:34PM
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gilley111

Thanks waterbug guy. I will try to get them out just to be sure.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2014 at 11:01PM
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