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if you can find nylon yarn you can make your own mop. All you do is find a
small book not to small and you wrap the yarn around the book, 50 times or
so then you pull the book out and cut the one end. Tie the other end with a
piece of yarn and leave an end on it so you can hang it from the top of your
----- Original Message -----
From: Wright Huntley <huntley1 at home_com>
To: <killietalk at aka_org>
Sent: Thursday, October 21, 1999 10:55 AM
Subject: Re: Mops
> "Jerry F. Kasey" wrote:
> > During a visit to George Maier's shop in Chicago during 1972 I was able
> > acquire several sizes of a mop marketed by the name of "Baby Savers",
> > were made of a soft nylon yarn about 2mm in size and a dark green color.
> > These were great for plant spawning Killies. Now I am only able to find
> > acrylic type yarn about twice the size as the nylon with a rough
> > which seems to shrink when I try to boil it plus it seems will fray
> > threads with the eggs.
> There are a lot of "acrylic" yarns out there, and they vary wildly in
> thickness and softness. I like one called "mohair" (after the natural
> and the fish seem to like it, too. One thing they all seem to have in
> is that PMMA has a softening point right around the boiling point of
> Don't boil long and hard if you don't want to destroy the fiber
> I have never seen any reason for more than bringing them to the boiling
> point and cooling immediately (usually in a pyrex measuring cup in the
> microwave). That cleans out any residual surfactants and unabsorbed dye.
> Most don't even tint the water much. A hot metal pan surface can do a
> on them, for sure.
> > The Question is does any know if "Baby Savers" are still manufactured or
> > where a good nylon yard can be bought?
> Can't help there. Nylon yarns are used in the rug industry, but are way
> stiff and harsh for most fish-mop use. I haven't seen soft nylon in stores
> for years.
> I have found less egg predation in thicker mops, so I have been using the
> acrylic or "Orlon" stuff labelled "Rug Yarn" lately. In acrylic, much of
> is quite soft, and it works well. I usually have to go to craft stores to
> find it.
> If you want thinner strands, you can dye baby yarns dark, but that's a lot
> of bother, IMHO. I do like their softeness, tho. They come in any color
> want as long as it is pale blue, pink or white. ;-)
> Wright Huntley, Fremont CA, USA, 510 494-8679 huntleyone at home dot com
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- From: "Jerry F. Kasey" <kaseyjms at worldnet_att.net>
- Re: Mops
- From: Wright Huntley <huntley1 at home_com>