What little tricks has everyone found to make the mundane aquarium tasks easier? What about "non-aquarium" tools that make your life easier?
I'm really new here but I like to ease up anything I can ... here are a few I've found so far:
- Use a cheap instant read digital meat thermometer to get the temp right for water changes.
tests are a pain in a test tube, but super fast in a shot glass. Shot glass on white paper, stir with a skewer while dripping - done in 10 seconds.
- "Set it and forget it" partial water changes, when you don't need to gravel vac. I use a 25' piece of aquarium tubing (silicone works better), my bucket, and some airline suction cups. I put one end of the tubing in my aquarium, attached to the glass, with its end where I'd want the water to stop emptying. The other end goes into the bathtub or into my plants outside (saving me another water-lugging experience). I start the siphon, and walk away. About an hour later I prep a bucket of "new" water, set it higher than the aquarium, and reverse the siphon. If the water was still running from the aquarium (typical) I don't even have to restart the siphon, it just automatically starts going in the other direction.
- Retired cloth diapers!!!! The thin"flats" dry hands and arms in a flash, the thick "prefolds" are quick for mopping up a spill, or for setting down stuff that's super wet. With both, a few DROPS of water on a dry rag are ideal for sparkling clean aquarium glass. Gerber brand is pointless and new ones are linty and don't absorb as well, but diaper services often sell retired top quality diapers by the pound. Craigslist and baby consignment stores are great too.