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    ASF tank lab block hopper instructions with detailed pics!!!

    I have had a few requests recently for directions on how I make ASF lab block hoppers. The following pictures are a step by step guide to making a quality ASF lab block hopper for a tank out of one cut piece of 1/2" harware cloth. The pictures are self explanitory. if you count the squares you can make an exact replica.


    Recomended Tools:
    *Pliers (for pulling stainless steel zip ties, and to help with bending hardware cloth)
    *Needle nose plyers (for bending stainless steel zip ties
    *Tin Snips (look like giant scisors for cutting hardware cloth and stainless steel zip ties
    *Wire cutters (for making precise cuts on hardware cloth when needed)



    Total cost per hopper?

    *about 50 cents in hardware cloth
    *about $1.50 for (5) stainless steel zip ties (you can use plastic, but trust me, even if they are located behind the hopper, the ASF's will still eventually get to them, and chew them off!
    *stabbing self several times with hardware cloth while cutting and bending!

    TOTAL cost per Hopper: $2.00 and some really sore fingers and hands!

    Enjoy!








    Stainless steel wire ties!!! My home depot just started carying them. They are a little pricely, and a pain to use, but the results are priceless!!!!!









    I like to put a top on it like this. Notice the stubs oppisite side to the hinges? I leave those on purpose beacause this makes it very easy to tuck those stubs in, making it impossible for the ASF's to get in from the top... But also very easy for me to reopen and fill. Again I used the Stainless Steel Zip Ties for the "hinges".







    I set the hight so that the bottom of the hopper is about an inch and a half off the substrate.

    ASF's LOVE to dump out food from a bowl, play with the lab blocks, then make a bed out of the bowl. This creates a huge amount of wasted food. Once I started using hoppers my food costs dropped 75%!!!!! This sized hopper holds exactly 8oz, or 1/2 pound of Mazuri 6F Rodent feed.

    Just a heads up if you are new to hoppers.... At first you will think that they can't get to it through the little holes... because they are eating so little. Then later you will be simply amazed because you will realize that its NOT that they can't reach the food, It is that they just don't eat very much, and they were wasting so much more then you realized!!!

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    Re: ASF tank lab block hopper instructions with detailed pics!!!

    Alright I'll trust you on this one..
    But are you SURE they can get a good enough amount of food from this? My asf's don't really knock bowls over but they eat a ton of it.. :[

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    Re: ASF tank lab block hopper instructions with detailed pics!!!

    Yes, I am sure!

    Been using them for months, and have had no issues. Trust me, they don't have any trouble at all getting a mouthfull of food with little to no effort... It just stops them from being able to "play catch" with the lab blocks!

    I am not the only one that uses hoppers, that is for sure!!
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    Re: ASF tank lab block hopper instructions with detailed pics!!!

    When you decide to start selling these, I'll take 4.
    Seriously!

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    Re: ASF tank lab block hopper instructions with detailed pics!!!

    I like to use a cutoff disk in an angle grinder to cut the hardware cloth..

    Also its probably a good idea to wear gloves. The last attempt at a hopper left my hands looking like hamburger.

    Good tutorial i think it needs a sticky.. Far better than the hopper i made lol..

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    Re: ASF tank lab block hopper instructions with detailed pics!!!

    That's looks almost identical to my first prototype for a feed hopper. I ended up with these:








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    Re: ASF tank lab block hopper instructions with detailed pics!!!

    Excellent thread... excellent contributions!

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    Re: ASF tank lab block hopper instructions with detailed pics!!!

    cool thankx man great work, I use tubs for my rats to have the same mesh on the top and just couldnt figure a way to get food to them like that because i hate using bowls. Until now thanks man

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    Re: ASF tank lab block hopper instructions with detailed pics!!!

    Thanks for a nice way to build a food hopper. I just got done making a few for my tanks.
    Not hard to do.
    They were wasting a lot of food.

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    Re: ASF tank lab block hopper instructions with detailed pics!!!

    Last edited by dr del; 07-10-2008 at 03:09 PM. Reason: please keep pics under 800 pixels wide ;-)

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