How to catch(trap) a Pleco in a Planted Tank? - The Planted Tank Forum
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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-18-2003, 02:33 PM Thread Starter
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I'd like to get a couple of common Plecs out, in favor of dwarf clown plecs. I've tried netting them by sneaking up while they are on the front glass, but they are totally on to me.

Any commercial or home-made traps you can recommend, and/or other techniques?
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-19-2003, 06:38 AM
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You might try introducing a piece of PVC pipe, open both ends. If the pleco moves into the pipe, place a hand over each end of the pipe while the fish is inside, lift and move fish with pipe.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-19-2003, 12:23 PM
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if you haven't already done this:

1) buy the biggest net you can find.
2) drain a lot of your water.
3) use another net to chase him into the bigger one.

be careful when removing it from the net. their fins can get easily snagged.
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