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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-11-2013, 08:43 AM Thread Starter
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Veggie hook.

Hey figured I'd post my veggie hook I use to feed zucchini to my ottos. It's cheap, and works well, keeps the veggie off the glass mostly so snails have a harder time getting to it (harder, not impossible though lol).

Anyhow here it is.

Tools you'll need, 2 pairs of pliers, water, map gas or propane gas, you could maybe even use a gas stove to do this. Click image for larger version

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What the hook looks like beforeClick image for larger version

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Take the metal hook off the suction cup and grip it in your pliersClick image for larger version

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Heat the metal hook up make sure the flame isn't going to burn anything you want to keep! Darn kids, didn't put the paper towels on the holder after it's empty, just seen that in this pic, annoys me to no end!
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Heat the hook until it's a nice orange/red color and take your second pair of pliers and start bending it. Sorry I don't have a pic of that part but I've only got 2 hands! Reheat it if it gets difficult to bend, keep going till you have the shape you want.

After you have it in the shape you want, cool it with water. Make sure you get your pliers also, they'll be heated up from the flame and you don't want to burn your countertop or your fingers.Click image for larger version

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Next replace the hook on the suction cup. You can simply pinch it back on, or if you don't have the strength you can use your pliers.Click image for larger version

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As you can see you don't want to bend it too far, otherwise you won't be able to slip the zucchini on, leave a small gap between the rubber nipple the hook clips onto and the hook.Click image for larger version

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That's it, total cost for me around 2 bucks for the hooks.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-11-2013, 09:18 AM
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Kids learn fast. That is why they will use all the paper towels except the last one!

At least it wasn't the TP.

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That's cool, I've got a new project to do now


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Good idea. I imagine if you had 2 sets of pliers and were strong or had another person to help you, you could just bend the metal hook without heating it up.
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I just put a nail in a vice and bent it with a hammer, then filed down the edges and rough parts to make it safe, I made sure the pointed end of the nail was out of the way and in no way could come in contact with a fish
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I just use a stainless steel skewer for grilling. It's long enough so I don't have to reach my arm in the tank. This one is holding a chunk of pumpkin for my L144 plecos
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