What's Your Most Useful Non-aquarium Tool (for Aquarium Use)?

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I use a 3 ml syringe from my nursing supplies when measuring things to add to the water or when withdrawing 5 ml of water for water testing. It's very helpful for being precise.
 

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The towels I just used to clean up the 5 gal bucket I spilled on the floor.
 

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Plastic syringe that comes with children's medicine. Useful for dosing prime and ferts. Drawing water for testing. I also use one to feed bloodworms to my frogs.
 
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Logan.t.Foster said:
The towels I just used to clean up the 5 gal bucket I spilled on the floor.
I have a dog who gets forest walks every day, so we have a ton of dog towels, and they do heroic duty around my tanks. During changes, there’s on in the floor, one on the table, and one on my shoulder.
 

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The wife's tupperware when she's not looking. Check a fish for disease up close, check. Grab a catfish that you don't want tangled in a net, got it covered. Saltwater tank needs ato filled, no problem. Need to dip a coral, consider it done! ...

She hasn't used it in years but I still have to be in stealth mode, if I got caught I would never hear the end of it.
 

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I found two extendable hot dog forks (meant to cook dogs over the camp fire) that I use for stuff. I altered one to be the extender arm of my air pump vacuum and I current have a plastic fork taped to the other so I can comb through substrate if it needs to be stirred, rearranged or beautified. Literally one of the best finds I have because I can extend it just a little for my small tank or a lot for my bigger one and use the same tool at a comfortable length.

I found a deep fryer spoon (wide, flat, screened) that I use to sift stuff out of my sand substrate.

Then the typical turkey baster, thread, colander, buckets, eye droppers, etc.

Every time I stop by Good Will I make a stop in their utensil aisle and see if there are any useful looking spoons, screens, sticks or measuring implements for the tanks.
 

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1ml & 5ml syringes, my wife uses a lot of medication and I always get a fresh syringe with each prescription whether she needs it or not (she has a habit of losing them), any that are spare are great for drawing test water or for adding dechlorinator etc. Clear plastic tubing from the diy store, about 16mm diameter holds led light strips great - you can fit a few in each. Seal both ends with fish safe aquarium sealant and you can submerse them in the actual tank and make some great lighting effects with different colours for basic decorative community type tanks.
Normally closed solenoid switches for various car windscreen wiper type things from the autoparts store, with connect it to a 12v converter (eBay for less than a couple of £) mounted on a stand and you've got an electrically activated venturi system for less than £5.
 

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A fork, for holding my CAEs slice of zucchini down.
 

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My wife the little marvel she makes me tea while I do water changes on 11 tanks
 

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I would have to say plastic pot scrubbers. I use them for a complete DIY pickle jar filter for my deck pond and they do wonders. So much surface area for all the bacteria. And that's another one! PLASTIC PICKLE JARS make great filters. I use a large pump that used to be used for a small in ground pond and used a 2 1/2 inch piece of garden hose to stick into the intake of the pump then a hole in the side of the jar and I filled it up full of all different media. Left over filter media from my aqua clears, filter socks, and pot scrubbers. Then I drilled a bunch of holes in the lid of the jar and it makes for a fantastic filter!
 

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NYFishGuy said:
1 gallon milk containers, when cut as pictured its very sturdy when using the handle.

Top use: Cleaning sponges!
I found myself cleaning sponges in the water drained into a 5 gallon bucket couldn't get all the gunk out because the whole volume of water was instantly contaminated.
Now i use the milk jug scoop out .5 gallon (fits into 5 gallon bucket easily) squeeze sponge in there, dump into another 5 gallon bucket and repeat.

Other: Fish moving/ acclimation ect, small water transfer
Net /wet stuff storage

Maybe: small fish breeding rack tanks?


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Lol that's exactly how I cut the milk jug to hold my bio waterfall on my tank.
 

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I use an egg cup to put frozen peas in and splash hot water on them to thaw them for the goldfish .... actually an egg cup is my go to for all fish food operations like that, hahah. Rarely get used for eggs!

Long reptile feeding tongs! I got them to feed some axolotls that I rehomed on to a friend and forgot to give them to her - now I find them great for all those tank-reaching situations where you don't wanna get your whole arm wet.

I'm another dog towel and plastic dish scrub user haha. Also for buckets, these flexible ones?

Originally used to use them as feed bowls for horses but can't recommend them more highly for water changes as you can hold both handles in one hand to carry and this closes the bucket a bit for less splashing, they're gentle on your legs to walk with,and they naturally form into a pouring spout to tip into the tank or wherever else.

Now I wanna know if anyone has any crafty items they use to clean the inside of the little test tubes for the API liquid water test kit!
 

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Guanchy said:
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Straws! lol use it in all my tanks, i use them as feeding rings and also my bettas love building bubbles nest in it.
Great idea, unless your in California, then you would be a criminal if you did that.

P.S. yea, my grandma has an operation, she smuggles them across the border, don't tell anyone.
 

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Hello, I use a rubber baby's nasal bulb(say that 3×fast)for water tests & one to feed cory fry in breeding net(I desolve shrimp pellet in tank water). Hope this helps!
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If you are careful when buying your turkey baster, it comes with a little brush that is perfect for scrubbing test tubes.
 

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My Bunn coffee maker I use it to warm up my water for water changes
 

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A shot glass. Use it with a "shot" of tank water to thaw small pieces of frozen brine shrimp (or other frozen fish foods) so you don't use an entire cube when not necessary.
 

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I use the wand off a mini blind for holding down Elberts zucchini and for putting freeze dried blood worms in a piece of netting wrapped around the end of it to feed my assassin snails. Corys love it too so the assassins have hurry as fast as a snail can hurry to get their share. For those that don't know...that is Elbert over there in my avatar
 
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Nerium said:
Now I wanna know if anyone has any crafty items they use to clean the inside of the little test tubes for the API liquid water test kit!
Running water, air dry.
Imagine there is, say, nitrate in your tap water, at (let’s go relatively high) 40 ppm. That nitrate could contaminate your next sample in that vial, but at literally 100ths of the concentration of what you’re measuring. So 20ppm in your next test might be 20.25ppm due to the contamination. Negligible and irrelevant, IMO.

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I use the wand off a mini blind for holding down Elberts zucchini and for putting freeze dried blood worms in a piece of netting wrapped around the end of it to feed my assassin snails. Corys love it too so the assassins have hurry as fast as a snail can hurry to get their share. For those that don't know...that is Elbert over there in my avatar
TWO great tips here. I like that the rod is long enough to place and retrieve without getting into tank, and the net idea is great also! Can you shaper pics next time?

I’m deviating somewhat from my original question, but I mince/mash a single frozen uncooked shrimp from the grocery, and distribute into portions in ice cube tray, then bag the frozen cubes for extended storage/use.
 

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bitseriously said:
TWO great tips here. I like that the rod is long enough to place and retrieve without getting into tank, and the net idea is great also! Can you shaper pics next time?
Thank you. I will see if I can get my camera to work but it is attached to a very old flip phone and I've not figured out how to get the photos from phone to computer

I just cut a piece of netting with fairly large holes in a circle about 4 inches across. When it's time to bait it I get it wet with some tank water. I sprinkle the blood worms in the center of it and drop on a bit more water to get the worms to stick to the net. Place the end of the wand in the middle, pull the sides up and wrap a rubber band around it to hold it in place. The snails and corys are able to pull the worms through the holes.
 
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