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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-02-2013, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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Hi there, this is my first post!

I wanted to share my first generation homemade fry play box. I used #14 clear plastic mesh and cut 1/4" holes out of 6 pieces and lashed it together with clear fishing line. I chose to enclose Riccia fluitans inside because of a half dozen or more unsuccessful attempts to grow this stuff. Its an important plant to me because of the algae it grows and feeds my fry. I am sure there are lots of different plants that would do well in one of these.

The purpose is designed to give a secure housing for "run-away" plants and a "safe play" area for fry for a quick escape from their mothers. The fry love it and I've spent hours watching them hanging out in groups safely inside their play box while their mothers pick the algae off the outside.

What do you think?
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-02-2013, 09:40 PM
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What a great idea!!! Consider it stolen lol!

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Is it free floating in the tank or do you have it tied? BTW excellent idea!

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Is it free floating in the tank or do you have it tied? BTW excellent idea!

I had it tied with fishing line to an ornament to keep it suspended but it will float on the top just fine as well.
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Wow I really like this. I was thinking of a way to try to save some of my guppy fry in my one take and I think this my be the way. I think I might use the plastic mesh with bigger holes though and not cut the holes as large I don't want to have the adults getting in. Thanks for the great idea.
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Awesome idea
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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-26-2013, 03:00 PM
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Great idea and nice design!

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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-28-2013, 04:39 PM
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I like this idea much better than the standard guppy box that I have. The small holes on the bottom of that thing don't do a lot for water circulation, this looks like a nice alternative.
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Thanks for sharing a great idea!

I'm not new to fish or plants, but am new to planted tanks. It is fun to learn new things and plantedtank.net is a great place to do it.
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What a nifty idea. It could also be used for a shrimp hideout in a tank that might be less than shrimp friendly.

Thanks for sharing!
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Looks cool. I doubt my shrimp will be smart enough to know to go there when danger is nearby.
I'm thinking of doing something similar but more a custom breeder box. How does the size 14 net do with water flow? Does it let water circulate on its own?

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