How to Make a Spawning Mop
by Loh Kwek Leong of Singapore
Visit Loh's www.killies.com for
information on killifish keeping.
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.
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.
Wind the yarn around the length of the book. Go round about a hundred times. Cut off the
yarn from the skein.
Using the strand of yarn that was laid across the width of the book, tie a knot somewhere
in the middle.
Flip the book over and cut the yarn somewhere in the middle.
What you get now is something like a mop.
Use another short strand of yarn to tie the mop somewhere near the top. I
If you want the mop to float, tie a piece of cork on top of the mop. Your floating
spawning mop is now complete.
Many thanks to William Shenefelt for the information on his website at:
"http://shene.killi.net/home.html", from which I learnt how to make a spawning
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