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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 10-03-2012, 04:45 PM Thread Starter
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A silly little DIY for small tanks, made WC much easier!

Love my little 3 gallon, been doing lots of small water changes instead of one big one (like a big gulp cup a day on workdays).

Keep nice well water from home in a couple of gallon jugs under my desk, when pouring the water into the tank I was really disturbing the substrate and plants (and probably freaking out the residents too!)

The tank is half under a shelf, so I can't top off into the HOB, and putting a cup in the tank (to pour into) isn't possible with how dense it is planted.

One cheap plastic serving size spoon and a few minutes with a lighter gave me this, the filling spoon! Just pour into the bowl of the spoon and it fans out and doesn't disturb anything.

Formed the tank hanger part around a chopstick. If you try this yourself be sure to get the plastic hot enough to bend under it's own weight almost or it will just break. Blow on it for a while or dip in water to set (no, I didn't dip it in the tank - a cup of unrelated cold water )




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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 10-03-2012, 05:15 PM
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Great idea!

I wonder how long until someone patents a glass version!
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post #3 of 21 (permalink) Old 10-03-2012, 06:27 PM
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I lay a zip lock bag on the surface of the water and pour onto that.

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Smart!

You should patent it!
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Or it could be a wabi kusa holder too....


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Nice work!

Btw, package is on the move. Eta friday!

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Good idea. Which light is that? The regular fugeray or the ray2?
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Awesome idea! Now patent pending by Finnex. lol JK


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Buddha - its a Fugeray, 12 inch, love it!

Acitydeweller - thanks for the package, I'll be watching for it!


Lowe - I'll sell you the rights, very reasonably! For this and my Fugeray-in-a-hood
The retail version should be clear acrylic, we could put the logo on the arm!
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Great idea, I'm going to make one sometime
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I have the fugeray 16 on my 6 gallon. It is still new, does it grow low light ok?
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fugeray - have them on both my tanks, ver nice growth on both low and mid light plants, check my sig!
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Cool idea. I usually just pour water onto my open palm to disperse it, but your spoon disperser looks like a good idea.
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Ziplock bags are where it's at.

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