… but effin MacGyver brilliant.
And because I haven’t done a stoopid pet post in awhile, I submit the following.
Aquaria are, in general, durdy. Turtles are very durdy. And the time had come, wherein, I had to do a major cleanup after Mr. Turtle.
Now, I’d seen aquaria in a pet store that had plastic foliage as substrate and that made me want to line my tanks that way, but I couldn’t find the material with which to do that – on the cheap. Then in the Dollarama last week I found 10″ X 10″ mats of that very thing. One problem: how to keep the fake plastic plants from floating to the top?
Without a good answer to that question, and with more important things to do, I put off any attempt to clean the turtle tank and employ the mats (whose intended usage is god knows what). Last night, bored and otherwise avoiding real work, I put my head to the problem. (And ‘sides, the time to put off turtle maintenance was at an end, for a recent algae bloom was so bad my turtle friend couldn’t be seen!)
Looking through my strange assortment of hardware, there it was, my solution: 10 suction cup wall hooks – also from the dollar store – which had turned out not to work worth a shite really, and had just sat in a drawer for ages and ages. They turned out to fit nicely into the bottom of the mats which I joined together with zip ties.
Turtle tank freshly cleaned, lined with plastic clover, gear cleaned, new filter and aeration stone in place.
As I said, turtles are durdy. Not just durdy, but effin stinky, slimy, mucky, chock fulla salmonella durdy. Now, I hope, oxygen will get through the substrate to kill the pond smell and that I’ll be able to siphon out more of the sediment when I change out the water.
(BTW, when I siphoned out the tank last night, for the first time ever, I got a mouth fulla aquarium water. Blech! Raced to the bathroom and swilled a buncha Listerine.)