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Egg trap for crevice spawners (was Re: purchasing pvc filter tees)
William Vannerson wrote:
> >>...I wanted to use rolled plastic canvas, stuffed with polyester pillow stuffing, held together with the two end caps to make a spawning trap for lampeyes that liked to push their eggs into a crevice.<<
> Let's see if I'm imagining this corectly ,,,(didn't we go throutgh this once be fore, Wright? <S>)
> You're taking plastic canvas, like the blue tarps one finds at DIY hardware stores. Then you cut a length of it (3 feet?) by as wide as the tank is tall, lets say 12 inches. Now roll it up with a similarly sized sheet of poly stuffing and slip a flat end cap on each end. Cut slits in the cnavas to expose the poly stuffing for the fish to squeeze their eggs into and you're done!
> How close am I?
About as far off as it ever gets. (^_^)
"Plastic canvas" is a term commonly used in the fabric/craft world to
describe a stiffish vinyl perforated sheet used for stitchery. It is totally
unrelated to plastic tarps. The coarser stuff has square holes just under 2
mm across. It comes in sheets the size of letter paper, about 8.5X11, and
makes a stiff cylinder when rolled and confined by the 3" end caps. The
center will bulge, so a raindrip "goof plug" can tack the outer edge to the
inner layer, there.
Buy it at any craft shop, or in the fabric dept. at Wally World.
[That's WalMart, for Bill, who needs literal descriptions. ;-)]
BTW, *if* you have no snails in the tank, you may find a piece of that very
coarse foam sold as inserts for Aquaclear filters works almost as well.
There will still be a lot of predation by other females following a spawning
pair and picking eggs out of the foam. The plastic canvas stops that cold,
but beware. Your production of lampeyes may quickly surpass the world
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