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Re: spawning tubs
Like you I don't like the pots either. I'm trying something different
in some of my tanks. In the following description, bear in mind that my
tanks sit end-on in the racks, and are either 24x8x8 or 18x8x8. By
gluing a couple of thin strips of perspex (plexi-glass) either side of
the tank I created a couple of slots the thickness of the perspex, about
3" from the front (side?). I then cut a 3" strip to the internal
dimension of the tank (about 7.8"). The bottom corners need to be cut
off, sufficient to allow for the silicon, sealing the base of the tank
to the sides, and allow the strip to sit flush with the bottom of the
tank. By sliding the strip into the slots I have essentially created a
trough at the front of my tanks. If your tanks are placed in a more
conventional manner, the trough could be to the left or right. It's then
simply a matter of placing pre-soaked peat into the trough, carefully,
so it doesn't stir up too much.
The advantages are that perspex is clear and quite unobtrusive and the
fish spawn right at the front of my tanks (nice to watch). It's also
easy to siphon off peat and eggs, or use a net.
In future I may consider gluing the strip in place, or run a thin
silicon bead around to create a better seal. Some of the finer peat can
escape under the strip if it's not cut perfectly. I may also increase
the height to 4.5" to reduce escape over the top.
On the whole I'm pretty pleased, I think it looks a lot better, and is
easy for the fish to use.
I've now realised how difficult it is to describe simple things!
julian haffegee wrote:
> Morning fish folk
> don't you just hate plastic tubs in your notho tanks? I try to put rocks in
> front of them, or moss, but they're always visible from some angle. I have
> tried wide necked glass jars too- but they seem less popular with my nothos,
> and theres no lid (plus I can't find any os suitable size). I want to build
> my own- what can I use? I want something that looks natural (clay? stone?)
> or at least inconspicous (without "economy coleslaw" in 2 inch letters)
> i've considered covering with bark (floats) slate (it'll never cover the
> join between lid and pot effectively) paint and varnish (it'll chip off
> flexible pots)
> whats safe, preferably cheap and looks good?
> any cunning ideas?
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