I like these so good I am planning on buying another one. Works great for saving small fry until they are big enough to be let go in a fank. Helps to keep them together so they are able to find food.
It’s very easy to put together, which worked well because I had two Lyretails giving birth. This was easy to set up in the tank so I could take my time netting all the fry without shocking them before they were moved into their grow out tank. The box fit into my 5 gallon bucket so I could acclimate everyone slowly.
Purchased this breeder box to have my six rare F1 Labidochromis chisumulae "clown lab" fry in my community tank. The breeder box is sturdy and well designed ensuring the safety of the fish within it. My only concern was with the rubber suction cup - since they do detach after long periods of time. Well it was in place for a week - and this morning I find it floating in the tank. My worst fears came to fruition as the fry are lose in the tank - a 72 gallon tank. They are barely an inch in size - so I have grave concern they can survive in a tank with several mbunas.
The construction of the breeder box is much stronger than all the other ones I have seen and decided to use this for my six F1 Labidochromis chisumulae "clown lab" fry. Unlike other breeder boxes, it uses suction cups to attach to the side of the tank. Well this morning, I found the box floating on its side and am unable to locate all of the little fish. They are maybe 3/4" in a 72 gallon tank - so one can understand the frustration of finding the fry - the ones that survived.
Bought ahead of time and was able to snap it together quickly when I saw the first little wiggler hiding from bigger fish. Putting it together took just a couple minutes. Gotta snap the walls in place just right but once together it is solid.
I've been really pleased with this. Seems to allow fresh water in and stale water out and the fry are kept in place. Some of the other net breeders are net bags around a plastic frame and there is risk of the delicate little creatures getting caught between net and frame. This Penn Plax Deluxe Net Breeder is made of net walls, so no chance of crushing the fry. Well done, Penn Plax.
The fry grew up fast so it was time to place them in a larger tank as more fry need this sanctuary. Cleaning this net breeder was a breeze. I just used a soft bristle toothbrush and some tap water and it cleaned up beautifully.
The price point was just right. Good quality and cost low enough that I bought another one to have on hand for immediate separation needs (fry mostly, but I've got some smaller fish and some with bully problems, so having a 'time-out' box for the bully or the victim is nice to have until I can re-house one of them).
As always, quick shipping from Aquarium Co-Op. Thanks!