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post #16 of 23 (permalink) Old 12-10-2012, 01:41 AM
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Originally Posted by Couesfanatic View Post
net them when you are feeding

This is what I do works every time that's the one thing that they cant resist is food
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I needed to catch some baby clown loaches and what worked for me was a large coffee mug. I just held it at the bottom and with slow movements 'chased' them until they hid in the cup. This was allot less traumatic for them AND myself! A calm fish is so much easier to catch.
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Do it at night. After the tank has been dark for an hour or two, turn on the lights and they will blinded long enough to catch them.

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I hold the net on one side of the tank and use a drum stick to herd the fish towards the net. Takes some time and patience but works every time for me.
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post #21 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-20-2013, 06:39 PM
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Originally Posted by ADJAquariums View Post
what i find works is cut a top off of a 2 liter soda bottle or something similar, then put the top of the bottle (or Neck) that you cut off in reverse, so the opening is inside the bottle, i usually put some food in there if i dont want to chase them in but you can do that. Depending on how large the fish are you can cut the opening at the top of the bottle larger. This is exactly what i did to catch a school of Neons as well as panda Garras. The bottle creates a sort of trap that the fish cant seem to figure a way out of, plus it doesnt cause much stress.

I have caught my fancy Guppies and Corydoras this way.
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post #22 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-21-2013, 12:44 AM
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Will the soda bottle work for Plecos? I have 6 clown Plecos that I need out of my heavily planted, full of driftwood 72!
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post #23 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-21-2013, 01:18 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the new responses guys, I still need to try netting them while feeding and maybe the dark thing again. But the soda bottle thing definitely does not work for this type of tetra for some reason, I don't know why the pristellas arent even interested. My tank is so heavily planted, that maneuvering nets in any way is very difficult. Its not going to be easy, but I will try something tomorrow and let you guys know how it goes.

Bridroid- it should work if you put their favorite food in the trap, and the hole is big enough for them to go in.
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