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Re: [Killietalk] Suggestion for dealing with 'salt blockage' of bbshatchery airlines
I have used the method you use,and it works OK.Still,I have experienced
clogs and have lost hatches.
Try placing a "T' in the line and tape or loosely hold the two open ends
together at the same exit point.When one line tends to clog,the other will
begin to function and the water will dissolve the plug in the other line and
vice versa.No guarantees,but I haven't lost a hatch yet using this method.
----- Original Message -----
From: "matt kaufman" <igotadose at hotmail_com>
To: <killietalk at aka_org>
Sent: Friday, July 22, 2005 1:44 PM
Subject: [Killietalk] Suggestion for dealing with 'salt blockage' of
> Dave Koran wrote:
> Brian Watters
> saturates his air delivery system with water vapor prior to running his
> tubes into the hatching container but just leaving them open ended and
> occasionally knocking the end of the airline tubing to dislodge the salt
> build-up works just as well or picking the end open with an awl or ice
> serves the same purpose. I use one-gallon jars tilted on a slight angle
> as long as the air flow is sufficient to keep the cysts suspended.
> Someone on this list (I apologize, I don't remember who it was) made a
> simple suggestion that has eliminated the salt-blockage problem for me. I
> was running into it very often when hatching eggs, since moving to the
> Seattle area. Perhaps it is more humid here (hard to believe that vs.
> I used to live in NJ), or perhaps because the tapwater I'm using is much
> softer, but I was close to giving up on brine shrimp hatching entirely
> because I lost so many hatches due to clogged airlines.
> Then I read here that if I put a small piece of flexible airline tubing on
> the end of the rigid tubing that I use to put air in my hatching jars, you
> don't get the salt creep problem. I tried it - just simply put a 1/2" or
> piece of airline tubing at the end of the tube. Voila'. No more clogging.
> Whoever made the suggestion, my compliments and thanks. One thing - I am
> using the opaque green 'silicone-based' airline that seems to stay pretty
> flexible vs. the much less expensive clear stuff.
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