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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-14-2008, 02:58 PM Thread Starter
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How to make a spawning mop

Hey guys,

I was looking for how to make a mop on the planted tank forum but I couldn't find one. So I found one and thought I'd post it here. I am using these to breed my rainbows but they are originally called killimops.

If you have any questions please PM me or post a reply here.

Buy a skein of acrylic yarn. Choose a yarn that is dark in colour as it would be easier to find the eggs later. Soak the whole skein in boiling water for a while to sterilise it and to remove any residue dye. Soaking the skein in boiling water will also make it easier for the mop to sink in water.

Find a hardcover book or DVD case, the length of which should be about the height of your breeding tank. Cut off a small strand of yarn and lay it across the width of the book

Wind the yarn around the length of the book. Go round about a hundred times. Cut off the yarn from the skein.

Using the strand of yarn that was laid across the width of the book, tie a knot somewhere in the middle.

Flip the book over and cut the yarn somewhere in the middle.

What you get now is something like a mop.

Use another short strand of yarn to tie the mop somewhere near the top. I

If you want the mop to float, tie a piece of cork on top of the mop. Your floating spawning mop is now complete.

Many thanks to William Shenefelt for the information on his website at: "", from which I learnt how to make a spawning mop.

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Please don't steal's Images...

Did you ask for their permission?

Other than that, their article is great.

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-15-2008, 02:30 AM Thread Starter
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I posted the source at the bottom of the page. I feel that this is a great article that everyone should enjoy. It is a public, free, source and i posted the entire article, including the pictures and I did not claim they were mine. I have done this project and it is great. I am just adding to the great library that is the plantedtank. Thank you for your concern.

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