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  1. #1

    Default Ignorant question about trimming plants

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    Hi, I need to trim back the plants in my Betta's tank. I've never had plants before. My question is can i just use my office or kitchen siccors and wash them before and after, or should I get seperate siccors for the fish tank. I know it's dumb but I worry about spreading bacteria from the kids to the fish and vica-versa.


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    As long as they are sharp, any kind of scissors will do..

    As for bacteria, yeah, get a separate set for trimming plants, if you're worried..
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    Depending on the plant and how much I need to trim, I sometimes use my fingernails only... If I am cleaning the interior glass anyways, I can't get any wetter!
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    If you have deep tank, a pair of stainless plant scissors are the way to go, IMO. Much easier to trim plants without getting wet armpits And it keeps things safe. Just dry them off before storing.

    Edit: If it's a betta tank, it's probably not so deep LOL Sorry, I missed that. Time for bed, I think before I say something really stupid.

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    I just use the kitchen scissors. Obviously they are washed before being used in the kitchen again, but I never use them for food anyway.

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    Thanks for the tips. I'll try the fingernails and kitchen scissors for now. When I set up my 30 gallon I might invest in some of those plant scissors.

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