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Postby badflash on Fri May 12, 2006 9:01 pm

I was walking through Davids, the local chain craft store, looking for that plastic screening to make a hatcher. I found a 6" round one for making a doily, then I found a 6" ring for making a wreath. The grocery sells round Ziplock containers. Below is my no-fuss off the shelf hatcher:
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Postby badflash on Sat May 13, 2006 12:14 am

BTW- That is lnb's clutch, or was. We made a swap, Riccia for snails and a clutch. We are both happy campers.
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Postby luvfishies on Sat May 13, 2006 3:57 am

Hey now, that's cool! Amazing what uses that craft canvas and some styro can be put to, isn't it?
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Postby badflash on Thu May 18, 2006 2:35 am

Wooo Hooo! lnb's clutch hatched today just 5 days after I got it!
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Postby badflash on Fri May 19, 2006 11:12 pm

I tried an even simpler hatcher. I took some fiber batting and wrapped up a clutch. I wrapped that in a single well wrung out paper towel. I put that in a ziplock baggie with lots of air and floated it on my 80 degree pond. Every few days I would open the bag and check the eggs. Once they hatched I just washed them off the batting into the nursery.

Only do one clutch to a bag or you'll have troubles when one clutch hatched before the other.
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Postby lnb on Sat May 20, 2006 1:09 am

Hey Flash!!

Are you up to your Kazooo in little brigs? Congrats! Like the colors??

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Postby badflash on Sat May 20, 2006 1:37 am

I can't tell yet. My nursery tank is 10 gallons with lots of good slimey stuff for babies to hide in. Once they get a tiny bit bigger I'll let you know.
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Postby lnb on Sat May 20, 2006 1:41 am

Thought you had a case of the hiccups. Can't you delete them yourself? I thought you could.

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Postby inging13 on Sun Jul 30, 2006 6:17 pm

so then do you float the whole thing on the top of the tank? confusion all over my face! :sad2:
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Postby badflash on Sun Jul 30, 2006 7:12 pm

Yes, it floats on the top. I anchor it to one side of the tank to keep it away from the lights. I'm also using toothpics (flat ones) under the eggs to keep them off the mat. This is my primary method of hatching now. Works like a champ.
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Postby inging13 on Mon Jul 31, 2006 11:50 am

even for cana eggs? I can't hatch cana eggs to save my soul. i'm a cana egg murderer. :cry: the one i got from you didn't make it, it fell apart and fell into the water. :( that was my second attempt. :(
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Postby badflash on Thu Aug 10, 2006 3:55 am

Sounds like it got too wet. I don't put any mist on mine, I just let it float. Make sure it isn't over bubbles or something that will get it too wet. lately I've been putting the clutches on flat toothpicks space about 1/4" apart. This keeps them up off the plastic and keeps them dryer.

Works for me. I've had 3 clutches hatch this week.
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Postby inging13 on Thu Aug 10, 2006 4:37 am

now its jealousy all over my face. ;)
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Thank you! I did it.

Postby mvigor on Thu Aug 10, 2006 3:46 pm

I bought everything I need for one of these last night for less than $3 in one trip to the first store I checked! Thank you for the great simple idea!!!

Here is a thread with some photos...

PHOTO THREAD, my copy of your idea.
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