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Default How to move newly hatched tads?

I searched and only found one post from 04 so thought I would ask how everyone does it. My first batch of 7 eggs are all developing, Luecs, and I was wondering how I will move them from the petri dish to the cups they will be raised in.

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I just use a new platstic spoon. Works wonders and you can throw them away.
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Turkey basters work great.
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^^ I would be lost without a turkey baster.
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^^^Ditto on the turkey baster.
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Thanks for the replies. Think I will try the spoon before I try to suck up
then shoot out a tad :shock:

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I've done both the turkey baster and the spoon, and the former is soooo much easier. The edge of a spoon is big compared to the tadpole, and I've had difficulty transporting them. The turkey baster is much, much, much easier.
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Provided you flood the petri dish with a decent amount of water, transferring tadpoles with a turkey baster is pretty straightforward. Keep the suction speed slow and steady (no rapid vortexes) and you'll be fine.

One problem with using a plastic spoon is that you could potentially injure the tadpole as you attempt to get the edge of it under the tad. Once again with some skill, no problem. But the turkey baster tends to be a lot easier.

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I've always worried about the baster injuring the tad as well, though I have used a baster with no problems.

I usually decant them from the dish, takes a while, but it works, and hardly any risk of injury.
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well i use a plastic spoon and it works real good for me some times they even swim up into the spoon . but i was thinking about this turkey baster idea , they make a very small one that is for infants and babies that would work good too.
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