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Making and Using Spawning Mops

Increase your fish breeding success with some homemade spawning mops.

By Mike Hellweg |

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A spawning mop is one of the most valuable tools in the breeder’s toolbox. These simple devices are inexpensive and can be made in just a few minutes. They are completely inert, easy to sterilize (if needed) and last practically forever.

Spawning mops are made of inexpensive acrylic yarn. Color choice is up to you, but most breeders stick with more natural browns, greens or even camouflage yarn. The idea is to make the mop long enough so that if used floating, it extends from the surface to the bottom of the tank, so your tank size determines how long you should make it. Get a piece of sturdy cardboard and cut it to be the same height as your tank (or use a book of the same height).

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regena    tulsa, OK

2/19/2015 4:12:11 PM

Was not informed that the dye in the mop would bleed. My water turned green!

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