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I've got two types of floating plants in my tank (one was a volunteer that came with the other).

I love them, and they are growing quick, but I'd like to coral them a bit.  I have high flow and if I could keep them in 2 clumps it would help with feeding and just generally more pleasant visually.

Before I DiY I wanted to see if anyone has a design they found works best or even an off the shelf product.

Thanks.

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I just tried a quick solution in the meantime.  We shall see how it goes ...

  • Airline tubing cut to about 6 inches
  • Cut some scrap tubing to insert both open ends around to secure a ring
  • Heat over stove (just to soften, not to melt) to shape
  • Float!
  • Plan to dispose of extra growth over ring

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4 hours ago, d6veteran said:

I just tried a quick solution in the meantime.  We shall see how it goes ...

  • Airline tubing cut to about 6 inches
  • Cut some scrap tubing to insert both open ends around to secure a ring
  • Heat over stove (just to soften, not to melt) to shape
  • Float!
  • Plan to dispose of extra growth over ring

You can also use a straight connector to join the two tubing ends, https://www.aquariumcoop.com/products/5-pack-straight-airline-connector.

 

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15 hours ago, d6veteran said:

I just tried a quick solution in the meantime.  We shall see how it goes ...

  • Airline tubing cut to about 6 inches
  • Cut some scrap tubing to insert both open ends around to secure a ring
  • Heat over stove (just to soften, not to melt) to shape
  • Float!
  • Plan to dispose of extra growth over ring

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Running hot water over it for a short time will usually do the trick to soften tubing.

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@d6veteranjust an old trick that works on all kinds of tubing from air, CO2, to filter tubing. Another one in regards to tubing and pipes is that to remove tubes from PVC, glass, or stainless steel pipes you first push the tube up just a tiny bit, it loosens it, you'll feel a slight pop, and you can then pull them off easily. I know it's counter-intuitive but it works.

PS: ORD otherwise I would've clicked Thanks.

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I’ve switched to using double diameter silicone tubing (compared to airline tubing) and end to end fittings to go with it.  It corrals the floaters much better and limits the surface turbulence much better.  Amazon has it (3/8” silicone tubing) for a decent price.

You can see it from the underside in this pic.  I had the suction cup a little low in this pic.  I cut up a regular square feeding ring for the suction cup and hinged part.  Usually I just loop it around a wire - heater cord or temp sensor to keep floaters in, or around the airline for a sponge filter to keep the floaters out.

 

 

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