Re: NANFA-- turkey basters and other utensils

Doug Dame (
Tue, 29 Aug 2000 12:12:53 -0400

Whoops, forgot a couple, don't know how, I was doing this first one just last night:

* the turkey baster is also handy for slowly adding tank water to the bags of newly arrived fish, especially if you have a lot to do. (My more sophisticated drip mechanism, a souvenir from an IV bag in the ER, is great, but for only receptacle at a time.) I snip open the tops of the bags with a pair of scissors, attach the bags to the lip of the tank using large binder clips so they stay upright, and then squirt in a tablespoon of two of tank water every so often.

* in large tanks, I use a 2 liter soda bottle for sucking up any surface scum that shows up. As happened Sunday, for example, when I was setting up a new 33. The substrate and plants was throughly washed, but a bunch of scummy stuff still floated up when I filled the tank. I spent 10 minutes "soda-bottling out" the gunk before starting the filter ... and this tank did not go through the "post set-up cloudiness" phase common to new tanks.


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