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

Posted by dbfirewife (My Page) on
Wed, Apr 30, 14 at 12:22

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

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.


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

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.


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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.


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

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..


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

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


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