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DIY cutting corral

I built this specifically to grow out a few fragments of thalli from an aquatic liverwort (probably Monosolenium tenerum), but it also works well for other things that get lost easily, like mosses and cuttings of small vascular plants like Hemianthus callitrichoides. It takes about 5 minutes and a few odds and ends to build.

The part list is pretty flexible, but I used:

  • 32 oz. deli cup
  • 6″ silicone air line
  • Air line nozzle
  • Little zip ties

I cut the deli cup down to about 3″, punched a bunch of holes around the rim, and zip tied it to the plumbing in a back corner of my tank. It sits high enough in the water to keep fish out and cuttings in. The airline nozzle fits snugly into the holes in the spray bar (of a Rena XP canister filter) and I pushed the other end of tubing through one of the holes in the cup. The result is a trickle of water that brings in CO2 and other nutrients and keeps the cup from stagnating.

One Comment

  1. matt wrote:

    I am making something similar for frag growout

    Wednesday, April 9, 2008 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

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