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Fry Saver - First Attempt

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Here is some pics of my first attempt at making a fry saver, I have a few ideas on how to tweak the design for the next one. I currently have about 5 million Rivulatus fry in it (ok maybe not that many, but you get the idea)

1.2 Litre Ice Cream container

Drilled a hole in the centre to stick through the upstand

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For the upstand I just used some bits of spray bars from cannister filters.

Also siliconed it in place.

Next I cut some holes in 3 sides of the container

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I used a course filter pad from a cannister filter to cover the holes, I was going to use a fine fly screen mesh, but figured the filter sponge may offer some better biological filtration and give something for the fry to pick at (plus I didnt have any fly screen and Leanne would probably crack it if I cut some off the back door)

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Next I added an angle piece to the top of the upstand, and drilled a 4mm hole in the top to feed the airline into it, I didnt use an airstone, just shoved the airline down there.

I was kinda trying to remember back to school days on whether this set up would work ie: pull new water through from underneath whilst pushing old water out through the sponge. (It did 8) )

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On the 4th side that i didnt cut the hole in, I have just used some suction caps to attach it to the side of the tank, My second attempt will need some thought on a better way to do this, as the other side sagged a little, so i had to prop it up with a clip and a piece of pipe (a tad dodgy)

Let me know what you think, any feedback, critisism (within reason) will be appreciated.

Adrian

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personally i would have gone flyscreen siliconed over the holes instead of sponge and kept good bio filtration in the main tank. Other than that it looks like it should work no probs

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u can silicone some styrofoam round the top too in case the suction caps come off. then it will float and eliminate the other side sagging too. :) jay.

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