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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 03-03-2013, 04:14 AM Thread Starter
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catching fish without tearing up tank?

Alright everyone, the time has come to take out my peppered cories... The thing is, how do i do it without destroying my scape? i have changed it from what i have and would definatley give a picture, however i lost my camera. i can see if one of my family members has one i can "steal" (aka Borrow) i'll do that.


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use two fish nets and try to herd them. I don't know what your scape looks like, but I am assuming some sort of bare substrate portions at least since you have corys. Try to get them in that area and then slowly and gently herd them into one net, using the other. I found that to be the most efficient method, although you will have to be patient if it doesn't work on the first try.
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catching fish without tearing up tank?

I have a heavily planted 12g edge with tones of small tetras. I have found the easiest meathod to cut a larger pop bottle in half sink it and corral the fish Ito the bottle. You then scoop them up and waaala! By far the simplest method I have tried
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I use tank dividers and then gerrymander the tank into a bunch of small sections. When I move fish what I do is drain the water to about 4-6" then take needlepoint mesh and just arrange it all around the tank so that all the fish are compartmentalized then start netting. Some plants will get torn up...it's inevitable.
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I have used something like the tank divider method as well. I also have tried the two nets as well.

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alright, i might try the tank divider


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Mine are big enough to catch by hand. I do that mostly, and they got so used to it they dont even care now. I hate using nets with fish over 6"

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plastic liter bottle trap.
I agree, plastic liter bottle trap, but your fish could be skeptical and avoid going into the trap.
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plastic liter bottle trap.
+1 ... just google plastic bottle trap. Easy to make... put some sinking food inside and drop it in and wait.
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i would bet a large cup or pvc and net one end of pvc and chase with other net into said cup or tube and then remove once in it worked great for my loaches cause they would go to hide in the tube and i could just remove that
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plastic liter bottle trap.

they do work great, BUT for me, they catch EVERYTHING in my tank BUT the critter that i am trying to catch



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I gave up after an hour and a hlaf of trying to catch them, looks like thier permanent...


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catching fish without tearing up tank?

Corral them into a submerged container. Trust me. I regularly catch them in my fluval edge
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Two nets works well for me, use one to move the fish towards the other net then close the gaps.

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