Riccia! Seems to be a few types of it, but it does look just like the matting kind. Thank you Ao! It was a nice accident to get for free. ^_~ It's good stuff, really, and looking up photos of it gave me some ideas. Apparently you can stick it to things and let it sink too, I could probably add it to some mesh netting or even to my "Logs" and sink it and watch the magic. I may try that with some bits in my other nurseries and endlers tank. Maybe in the crawfish tank I set up too, but it may be destroyed. lol
Originally Posted by SeaHorse
I LOVE THAT HOME MADE NURSERY NET!!!!! OMG!!! Why didn't I think of that. It's spacious and not like those SILLY small breeder boxes that fry get SO BORED in!!! I know I have some "window screen" sitting on the work bench.
Sorry....plants? what plants? No idea. heehee. But I'll be keeping an eye open to find out with you what they are!!
Haha, thanks. Yeah, the small boxes are why I created this. I mean...how often do people only get 3-4 fry when they breed instead of have the occasional accidents? Well, I'm sure it happens even to breeders, but I usually get a few dozen at a time(once I got over a hundred babies from one mom, and the next day two more of my moms dropped 34 babies from one and 62 I believe from another, even those two nets weren't enough so I also used a 20 gallon nursery for the rest), I initially made two of those baskets accompanied by a smaller mesh breeder I purchased and a plastic one. They're pretty sad space-wise in comparison, and plus with the plastic ones sometimes fish can bite and kill babies through it if they're resting near the edges.
They get bored, they also have very little growing space, especially if you add plants to make them feel secure. Ugh! Hate those, and the big ones are good holding areas for even adult fish, or birthing areas for a mom you don't want to stress by moving. I use my little ones for temporary holding areas and snails, or the occasional odd couple of newborns I get in too small to be with the older babies for a week or so. Also nice to hold small plant bits in you want to grow and not feed to your fish. lol
So, you wanna make one? Here's how I did it. I ended up using the biggest basket I could find, it was not easy work...well, easy but time consuming with my little needle and thread. It was my project for a few days, though I likely could have finished it in a couple hours(I hate needles, always poking myself, so I took a lot of breaks!). So, basket(It's about a foot and a half long, not quite but close), with square holes that are obviously too big and the fry can get through(so can adults!), but needed for ventilation! So I used screen, new window screen, which was all we had, but you can use mesh netting or something, you don't want rough or wiry they can get injured on, and sew it on all four sides and lap it at least one extra time. You gotta do several stitches in each hole or they can get by, or even get stuck in between! I did singles on each side and partially on another and then lapped two others on. That's how you make it. I used strings I stitched on and clear tape to hold it properly in the tank, though I suppose with more thought I coulda done something else. It's also probably better to go with white, but yellow is all we had, and my blue one was broken in ways it made sharp pointies and pinchy areas I didn't trust.
I dub thee....Fry Baskets. =) Edited a few things there....lol