Best aquarium tongs ?

Discussion in 'Resources' started by gimmito, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. BAYMAC

    BAYMAC Guest

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2012
    Messages:
    1,084
    Likes Received:
    104
    Not exactly true. The plasticizers are not inert and are what tend to be the issue with most plastics and aquatic life as they do off gas. Though with tongs the contact is super minimal.

    FWIW this part of the MSDS worries me:

     
  2. denzil

    denzil Webmaster

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2012
    Messages:
    2,903
    Likes Received:
    247
    So back to the stainless steel front then, eh?
     
  3. treylane

    treylane Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2009
    Messages:
    533
    Likes Received:
    6
    The ones from daiso don't have a "half-closed" kinda state... You pull the trigger, and they try to close all the way, which if you miss when picking up a frag, can be disastrous.

    I've had a pair of these for ... since before I moved up here 4 years ago, and they're still going strong despite being stepped on, dropped, etc.
    http://www.aquacave.com/Tunze-Aquarium-Tongs-32-0220400-P2916.aspx

    Edit: These appear (?) to be the same but cheaper
    http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=24133
     
  4. gimmito

    gimmito Guest

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2008
    Messages:
    4,749
    Likes Received:
    226
    Thanks Jess,

    I noticed those are made of lexan...sounds sturdy.
     
  5. JAR

    JAR Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2009
    Messages:
    3,964
    Likes Received:
    103
    http://www.aquacave.com/Tunze-Aquarium-Tongs-32-0220400-P2916.aspx
    + 1 on these.
    Jim, I would not think twice. These are the best!
    99% lexan.
    The "cable" is lexan.
    There are some aluminum pop rivets holding the parts together. No corrosion on mine in over 4 years.
    I never rinse them anymore.
     
  6. gimmito

    gimmito Guest

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2008
    Messages:
    4,749
    Likes Received:
    226
    Tunze it is !
     
  7. Reefer_Addickt

    Reefer_Addickt Guest

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2007
    Messages:
    118
    Likes Received:
    0
    Tunze seem to have some bad reviews
    http://www.marinedepot.com/Tunze_Aquarium_Tongs_(23.6_inch)_0220.400_Tongs_Tweezers_for_Saltwater_Aquariums-Tunze-TZ1135-FIMTTT-vi.html
    (copy and paste)

    I'm going to try the ss tweezers linked earlier.

    http://reefkoi.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=8&products_id=3446
     
  8. denzil

    denzil Webmaster

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2012
    Messages:
    2,903
    Likes Received:
    247
    I just picked up those SSs tweezers from Matt at AquaExotic and I'm very pleased with the construction and the rubber tips. Definitely less painful than reaching in with my hands that are dried out. I'm starting to use nitrile gloves as well if I plan on touching water for extended periods of time.

    Jim - I'd suggest checking these out!
     
  9. aqua-nut

    aqua-nut Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2012
    Messages:
    1,313
    Likes Received:
    219
    Reviving an old thread...

    I'm getting real tired of getting my arm pit wet! Need to tong up!!

    I can reach the bottom of the tank but by then cannot really see what I'm doing. The distortion is just too much for me.

    Jim, what did you end up getting? Like it?

    The 'Coralife Aqua Tongs' look to be the same as Tunze and are half the price right now at Dr. F&S.

    Any other input welcome.

    Thanks
     
  10. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2010
    Messages:
    4,345
    Likes Received:
    677
    A good set of stainless BBQ tongs works really well.
    Strong, easy to grip and close, easy to clean. Dedicated set though. Not for hot-dog use anymore.
    I use the Tom Aquatics tongs for tight spaces.
     
  11. Kmooresf

    Kmooresf Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2011
    Messages:
    1,393
    Likes Received:
    427
    I like my coralife tongs, they are just a bit bulky though. You have to be VERY careful not to bump other coral when you are in there. They can pick up pretty large rocks though.
     
  12. denzil

    denzil Webmaster

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2012
    Messages:
    2,903
    Likes Received:
    247
    We use the large stainless tongs that Matt has at Aqua Exotic.
     
  13. gimmito

    gimmito Guest

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2008
    Messages:
    4,749
    Likes Received:
    226
    John,

    I ended up getting the Coralife Aqua Tongs, and I do think they are the same as the Tunze. Although well built, I actually broke part of the handle which is made of plastic. I will probably buy another one, but will buy through Dr. Fosters & Smith (their return policy is way better than Petsolutions).
     

Share This Page