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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-17-2013, 04:28 AM Thread Starter
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Loach experts help!

Okay, I have 8 young yoyo's that are coming out of quarantine and while they do have a large cycled tank waiting for the group of them, I have a handful of 10 gallons that need some snail control and I'd like to give these guys a tour on the way to their permanent home! They are each about 1.5 inches long right now. Questions:
How do you catch these bugers!? Seriously?
Can I split them in to the 10s for a couple of weeks alone or in pairs or would this make them unhappy? Otherwise I could probably do two groups of four since the 10s are understocked maybe?
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-17-2013, 04:38 AM
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Splitting them up shouldn't be a problem temporarily. 3 should do the trick easily in the 10 gallon.

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Re: Loach experts help!

If you figure out how to catch them in a heavily planted tank please let me know. I have 5 to move

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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-17-2013, 04:58 AM Thread Starter
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Mines not even planted and I can't catch them! Everytime I have just about got one, it darts off - they are sooo fast!!
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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-17-2013, 06:21 AM
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Drain the tank and box them in a corner with 2 nets. Works with any fish - this is how I caught a SAE in a 210 G tank with tons of plants. If you can't drain boxing with 2 nets still works. Make a cubicle in a corner with 1 net + the 2 tank walls, and use the last net to chase them in and complete the box.
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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-17-2013, 02:10 PM
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What Zoleck said. Try to do at least pairs in the 10's and don't get your hands to close to these guys, their suborbital spines will put a hurting on you.

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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-17-2013, 03:04 PM
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Bottle trap works. Poke large holes all over the bottle so they don't suffocate.

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I drain my tanks as much as possible before attempting to catch fish I know are tricky. Then herd them to one side and block off as much as possible.
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Great ideas. I will try some and report back!!
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-17-2013, 06:38 PM
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I highly reccomend using a bottle trap! If you are patient should should be able to catch them all, without wrecking your tank. Just take a 1-2 liter bottle, cut it in half, turn the top over so it is like tunnel leading into the bottom part, and wa-la! just put something tasty in the bottom part and then they'll swin in, but wont be able to figure out how to swim out.
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