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Old 07-17-2010, 11:42 PM   #1 
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Thumbs up Tips & Tricks of the Trade

I thought it would be fun to learn some tips or tricks that have really helped everyone through their fish keeping experience.

I'll start off with one I learned today. I had a small piece of sponge stuck in a filter tube, used to slow down the water current. So my dad suggested unraveling a metal coat hanger and pushing the sponge out. While that worked for one, the other only came out with a power sprayer attached to the hose, then spraying through the filter tube. Worked perfect!

Anyone have some other tips they would like to share?
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Old 07-17-2010, 11:48 PM   #2 
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Rubberbanding a sponge over the out flow of a filter buffers the flow.

Pantyhose over the intake will buffer the flow a little and it helps keep longfins from getting sucked in.

Plastic craftstore mesh can be used for almost anything.
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Old 07-18-2010, 12:05 AM   #3 
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Salt shakers can be made into awesome bubblers
Craft mesh and notebook dividers can be made into tank dividers.
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Old 07-18-2010, 11:05 AM   #4 
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Pantyhose is priceless. My first betta's fins met their match to the intake. Lesson learned.
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Old 07-19-2010, 03:51 PM   #5 
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how would you setup the pantyhose with the intake?
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Old 07-19-2010, 04:02 PM   #6 
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&how can you slow dwn the intake tube with a sponge?
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Old 07-19-2010, 04:05 PM   #7 
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This is the most quickest and most effective formula I like to use for Ich and Fungus:

1 teaspoon of Kosher salt twice a day for 5 days. (If infection has not cleared up in 5 days, continue treatment for 3 more days).

That's it. Simple and effective!!!

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Old 07-19-2010, 04:16 PM   #8 
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For the stocking size up the bottom part with the intake and cut it to length and fix it in place with a rubber band.

The sponge is meant to dampen the out flow, so where the water comes out of the filter. Strong currents can stress a beta and they will hide in certain parts of the tank to avoid it.
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Old 07-19-2010, 06:11 PM   #9 
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Great tips guys, keep them coming! :)
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Old 07-19-2010, 06:14 PM   #10 
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You can make a great gravel vacuum out of a 3ft-5ft stretch of airline tubing and a straw. Put the airtubing in one end of the straw and use a little aquarium safe glue or a small rubberband to hold it in place.
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