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Re: Plants and fishroom utensils
Hey, Catharine, you sound as bad as I!
schmidtcarney at ecr_net wrote:
> KI>One of the local bristlenose breeders takes stainless steel screws and runs
> KI>them through a big piece of zucchini when he wants to sink the veggies.
Mine sink readily after a minute or so blanching in the microwave (squeeze
any remaining air out). No need to get screwed first, that way.
> Hadn't thought of that one. Will have to sort through my hardware
> collection (and maybe make a trip to the store) and see what I have. Can
> just imagine the looks I will get at checkout if they ask what project
> I'm working on....
BTDTBTTS! :-) :-)
> On a similar note, I have found that the tops of the tops of the
> Countrytime Lemonade Mix containers work well for hatching fry if they
> are rinsed well before use. Once I discovered this, I returned the
> custard cups I had "borrowed" from the kitchen cabinet ("No, honey, I
> don't know where they went, I'm sure they must be there, maybe you're
> not looking hard enough"). Still haven't found a good substitute for the
> round jam spoon I'm using to transfer fry, though.
The flat-bottomed soup spoons you see in Chinese restaurants are superior,
and pretty cheap in any oriental grocery/discount store. White, so fry are
easy to see, and sit still while you suck up more with that baby-medicine
dropper (free giveaways in Long's drugstores around here).
> Anybody else got some ideas about esoteric uses for hardware and kitchen
Mini basters (6" and really clear) are often available at Corning Factory
Outlets. They melt in hot grease, so reserve for killy use only. ;-) Best
feeder ever invented. Pretty good fry catcher, too.
8" white oval melamine microwave bowls are great for searching through
either damp peat or mops. The bright bottom is almost as good as a light
Clear plastic pitchers and measuring cups have lots of uses.
Inverted ceramic potpourri candle holders make super caves.
Lidded soup bowls (throw the lid away) make good peat containers for
spawning annuals. The inturned lip greatly reduces scattering out into the
tank. Sugar bowls work, too. Thrift shops are overloaded with both.
I, too, am an uncontrolled scrounger.
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