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How to make a Spawning Mop

Buy a skein of acrylic yarn. Choose a yarn that is dark in colour as it would be easier to find the eggs later. Soak the whole skein in boiling water for a while to sterilise it and to remove any residue dye. Soaking the skein in boiling water will also make it easier for the mop to sink in water.

skein of acrylic yarn
skein of acrylic yarn

Find a hardcover book, the length of which should be about the height of your breeding tank. Cut off a small strand of yarn and lay it across the width of the book.

hardcover book
hardcover book

Wind the yarn around the length of the book. Go round about a hundred times. Cut off the yarn from the skein.

Wind the yarn around the book
Wind the yarn around the book

Using the strand of yarn that was laid across the width of the book, tie a knot somewhere in the middle.

Tie a knot
Tie a knot

Flip the book over and cut the yarn somewhere in the middle.

Cut the yarn
Cut the yarn

What you get now is something like a mop.

Mop
Mop

Use another short strand of yarn to tie the mop somewhere near the top.

Tie the mop around the top
Tie the mop around the top

If you want the mop to float, tie a piece of cork on top of the mop. Your floating spawning mop is now complete.

Attach a cork
Attach a cork

Many thanks to William Shenefelt for the information on his website at: his website from which I learnt how to make a spawning mop.

SourceKillies.com

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