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Old 05-18-2011, 02:24 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Cool Tools: Share Your Aquatic/Non-Aquatic finds with AA

After spending tons of time working on 4 tanks (3FW/1BW), I'm finding a lot of unique tools/items that make my fish keeping easier, less time consuming and more rewarding. I thought it would be a great idea to share a few that I've found and hopefully others will too.

Pics of what you're sharing are always welcome, as well as a description (details help) of how you use it. Whether it's FW/BW, SW or Pond/Amphibian, feel free to share or ask about any tool, product or idea you have.
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Old 05-18-2011, 02:29 PM   #2
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I have two items I use for my water testing. First I got a small animal feeding syringe from petco to fill my tubes up with and secondly I bought a test tueb rack off ebay for like $7.

Sounds silly but with 7 tanks running and an 8th coming soon anything that makes it easier is worth a mention.
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Here's my first submission. A syringe that saves my sanity given the amount of tests I conduct with the API Master test kit.

I got this (actually 4) when I had my wisdom teeth pulled and and had a couple spares. The syringe is easy to use and I don't spend 5 minutes trying to get the water level right at 5ml which according to API is a must for proper results. I'm sure there's a OTC product that would work just as well, but these were free.
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Old 05-18-2011, 02:39 PM   #4
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I have two items I use for my water testing. First I got a small animal feeding syringe from petco to fill my tubes up with and secondly I bought a test tueb rack off ebay for like $7.

Sounds silly but with 7 tanks running and an 8th coming soon anything that makes it easier is worth a mention.
I find it great that both of our first posts were associated with testing water :P.

Nice find BTW!
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Old 05-18-2011, 03:06 PM   #5
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Here's an adaptation of a gravel vacuum I use for my 8g tank with a sand bed so I can lightly stir the sand, kicking up detritus and easily vacuum it up. The one I like best has a mini nozzle I had laying around, but any tubing can work and smaller 1/4" tubing keeps the flow rate down so I can clean more sand before I run out of water in the tank. With the clear tubing I can create a mild vacuum and put the end into my bucket before I get a mouthful of fish water lol.

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6-8 ft of 1/4" tubing from Ace (.23 a foot)
2 Rubber bands from LFS buys (free)
Toothpick from the kitchen (free)

A standard vac with the big nozzle would work too, but a long deli sandwich toothpick might work better.

The first pic is my favorite, the second pic is my original.
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Since every tank I have has plants (BW too), I picked up this tool kit at Aqua Forest Aquarium the other day and wondered how I could go so long without it. Using it to clip out Vals that were speading out a bit too much and putting root tabs in made the process easy.

It was $50 for the kit, but at $10 per piece and stainless steel to boot, I think it was a great deal. Plus I got a free case with it .
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My favorite 2 tools are a stainless steel set of forceps, and a toothbrush. Both are indispensable.
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Mr limpet and carey in regards to using syringe. I though I'll try it out after reading this thread though it was a good idea. I have a 5ml syringe but 5ml from my syringe doesn't match meet the line on the API test tubes it goes over the line if u get what i mean. Is it the same story for u two?
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Old 05-19-2011, 05:12 AM   #10
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Mr limpet and carey in regards to using syringe. I though I'll try it out after reading this thread though it was a good idea. I have a 5ml syringe but 5ml from my syringe doesn't match meet the line on the API test tubes it goes over the line if u get what i mean. Is it the same story for u two?
I don't measure out 5ml in my syringe since it has no markings for it. I'd suggest going with the line on the test tube, no matter what your syringe is gauged to.
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