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Old 01-03-2013, 03:18 PM   #1 
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How to make a safe hoop??

Hi, It's been a while since i last checked in with this sight, and my new fish is doing great!
But i am training him to do things, like jump for food and swim through hoops. I just wanted to know what a safe material would be to make hoops out of. if i bought one it would have to be over the internet. I was wondering if instead i could use pipe cleaner, wire, or something like that to easily make a hoop instead of going out of my way to order one.
I'd really appreciate it
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Old 01-03-2013, 03:49 PM   #2 
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Hi, It's been a while since i last checked in with this sight, and my new fish is doing great!
But i am training him to do things, like jump for food and swim through hoops. I just wanted to know what a safe material would be to make hoops out of. if i bought one it would have to be over the internet. I was wondering if instead i could use pipe cleaner, wire, or something like that to easily make a hoop instead of going out of my way to order one.
I'd really appreciate it
That is cute! Just make sure your tank has a lid if you're going to teach him how to jump!


And, if you're not going for looks, I'm pretty sure you could cut up a old bottle into hoots and tape or blunt the corners so they aren't sharp!

I don't see why not if it's not going to spend all of it's time in water!

But yeah.
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Old 01-03-2013, 03:56 PM   #3 
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Use a plastic drinking straw and stick one end into the other...
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Old 01-03-2013, 04:07 PM   #4 
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Use a plastic drinking straw and stick one end into the other...
Or this lol! I did not think of that!
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Old 01-03-2013, 04:08 PM   #5 
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You could also take a stryrofoam cup, cut that out and use the wide end as a hoop.
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I used pipecleaner but the hairs go all over the place. >.< Try to cut a small piece of a paper plate and cut a hole in the middle. Then, cover the edges with glue gun (let it dry of course) or tape.
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Old 01-03-2013, 04:29 PM   #7 
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You could also take a stryrofoam cup, cut that out and use the wide end as a hoop.
But doesn't styrofoam float?

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I used pipecleaner but the hairs go all over the place. >.< .
Also pipecleaner has metal in it so I don't know if that's safe. But my original thought was a pipecleaner too :D

You could try airline tubing, like the stuff they use for bubblers. Only problem is that its clear. :)
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Old 01-03-2013, 04:32 PM   #8 
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I was going under the assumption that the OP would be holding the hoop... But yes, styrofoam does float.

How about one of those plastic or rubber wristbands (i.e., like those nike sports bands) or even use one of those bendable glowsticks that you would wear around your wrists.
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Use a plastic drinking straw and stick one end into the other...
Yeah, I've tried it but it floats. Maybe before attaching the ends put pebbles in the straw to weigh it down?
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Couldn't you just hold it down? Or are you trying to teach him without you being there? (If that makes sense..)
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