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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 07-05-2013, 09:07 PM Thread Starter
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Has anyone made a diy lawnmower?

I'm sick of catching bits of hairgrass and moss when trimming. I am going to attempt to jury-rig a net onto a pair of scissors so that when you cut it the trimmings just float up into the net........like a lawnmower bag

Has anyone heard of trying something like this, or maybe it's ridiculous and doesn't work for some reason

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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 07-05-2013, 11:31 PM
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That sounds awesome!!!!


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I just trimmed mine and what I did was syphon the trimmings as I cut them while i was doing a WC.
Granted I don't have a carpet yet, but I got like 90% of it
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Sounds like a decent idea and shouldn't cost an arm and a leg to try. Put something together and see how it works.
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I wanted to attach the intake of a zoomed 501 to scissors/scrapper and use it as a vacuum. But I never got around to it. Go for it and make a video.


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Some fishing wire should be all you'd need. I'd tie a net to one handle of the scissors and see how it worked. It would probably only work for larger tanks though. I know there isn't enough room in my ten gallon for a regular sized pair of scissors, let alone with a net attached.

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Lol that's the funniest thing! I was literally just thinking about this idea and going to write a post about it.


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I've been thinking about this lately to. Feel free to take my idea, but not to market it!!! Lol

What about instead of a net, you take a filter media mesh bag, make a frame for it with a paper clip so the bottom is not waving in the water but instead has a solid circular frame to hold it open. Next airline tubing and attach it to the bottom of the mesh bag/frame so the bubbles go inside the bag creating a vacuum of water going into the mesh bag, just in case there are those stubborn leaves that sink. Finally attach the bag and airline to a pair of scissors, plug in and trim.

Sounds like a viable idea to me, I think I'm going to try and make one on Thursday when I have a day off of work.

must....have.....more....moss n shrimp!!!!!!!!!!


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Has anyone seen those haircut attachments you add to vacuums? Sucks the hair up into a plastic compartment and cuts it..

Someone needs to get this technology under water!
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Gratuitous bump, no one else has any ideas on this

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If you watch the Amano videos they use a siphon and hover it over where they are clippings and it goes right up the siphon tube. Works like a charm.


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Yeah but that's not diy.

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Has anyone seen those haircut attachments you add to vacuums? Sucks the hair up into a plastic compartment and cuts it..

Someone needs to get this technology under water!
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Herotilapia Multispinosa is living breathing lawnmower for aquarium's.
Those I have cared for,seemed especially fond of dwarf hair grass.
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This sounds neat in theory. I've tried it. Main problem? You'll need to give up your net for corners, near delicate / overhanging hardscape, etc. I found it was much easier to either

A: siphon as I went, holding the siphon directly over the trim
B: do the same thing, only hold the scissors in the one hand, net in the other so I can get all areas of the tank with the same method.

No matter how you do it, you'll always be left with bits to clean up after so don't sweat it too much. It's part of the hobby.


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