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Idea wat these shrimp equipment is????

Any one have ideas on what the thing in the lower right corner is and the glass looking cubes are and what there used for???




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The pictures aren't showing that's ok. I found them. Interesting what they have in other countries though. Acrylic shrimp cubes

http://www.iscapeaquatics.com.au/ind...roducts_id=216

Awesome looking planaria traps

http://www.iscapeaquatics.com.au/ind...roducts_id=214

http://www.iscapeaquatics.com.au/ind...products_id=49

My question is, are any of these things available in the us

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check e-bay. i've seen them all there before.
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Any other sites or members. I don't like evil bay.

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They are just cube-shaped hollow objects that provide more space for shrimps to play and hide, and maybe more surface area for bio-film to grow. They function the same as those so called shrimp tubes. I once had a handful of ceramic ones that looked just like these.

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I bought the ceramic version of those cube on eBay. Pretty cool and nice looking.
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Those planeria traps, just look like acrylic jars with pippette tips stuck in them. So you could make some yourself and sell them for about the same haha.

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I would make them, but my hands are full as it is. Someone could make them here I'm sure and sell them on the side for a little profit and people would get some good use out of them too.

If you want, I could try and get a few parts and whip them together if I find time to see how the shrimp community would like these? May take a little time but could be done.

I'm sure you could find those acrylic cubes from a surplus acrylic vendor online too

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That's a good idea I might just try that. Where would I get a good strong pipettes though and not one that's so flimsy and fragile. As well as the acrylic jars. All it would take it maybe 7 mins to make each one. Jars pipettes superglue boom done haha,

I like the look of the shrimp tubes better than the cubes I thought they were something different all together

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Most of the larger volume disposable pipette tips are pretty sturdy. It takes quite a bit of force to bend the tips on them. The jars can be found if you look hard enough on amazon or a plastic supplier I'm sure.

I think those tube traps are just the shrimp tubes with plastic snap end caps with the pipette tips installed. so if you got you some acrylic for the shrimp tubes you could just look for some caps to fit those to make the planaria traps if you like that one better.

You could do either the round or square tubing to make your little hide outs from here if you do the UV resistant Acrylic.

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I think you are making this harder than it needs to be. there are plenty of similar products already available to the US market.

DIY planeria instructions are out there and easy enough to create yourself.
as for the cubes/tubes/etc. amazon/e-bay "shrimp tube" you'll get plenty of cheap options.

dont make this harder on yourself than needed for such a simple product.
you could even DIY with some pvc tubes and glue.
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I just like the design on them I think there pretty cool. As for making them I probably won't, I have to much to do as it is with my daughter and work. If I had time and money to spare, it would be a good project for people that don't want to make there own stuff and just want to toss something in.

To be honest I'm still liking for a trap that will work for detritus worms.

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On my last trip to HK I was able to get my hands on a couple of cool shrimp related items. I think it's similar to the cubes you posted. They're pretty cool and my shrimps seems happy enough playing inside when the males chase the females during mating.



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Here's a simple planaria catcher I made. I got the idea off of a member here.

Drill a small hole in the cap of an API test tube

Stick a piece of airline tubing in to the hole (make sure it's a tight fit)Also, make sure it's long enough to rest on the substrate so that the worms can crawl in to it.

Fill it with tank water and stick a piece of food in it

Tie a bit of fishline around it with a ziptie handle for retrieving in and out of tank

It will catch planaria. snails, worms and possibly baby shrimps
Hopefully someone will find this useful.
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