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post #16 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-04-2013, 06:25 PM
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Once you've got all your fish settled and comfy again, go back and see if you can nail the sucker at night. Had the same problem trying to remove neon tetras from my tank--basically just tried a couple nights a week until I got them all. Minimized stress on the other fish and since the neons weren't causing a crisis, it didn't matter too much how long it took--other than taking a toll on my patience!
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post #17 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-05-2013, 02:44 AM Thread Starter
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I was happy to see no more fatalities tonight when I got home from work. I'm preparing some peas for them now (I feed peas once or twice a week anyhow to all my tanks) still trying to win them over with food, haha. They usually eat the peas almost from my hand - I squish the peas out of their shells underwater - so it will get them comfortable with me near the tank again. Such fragile things!

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My old fei fang.....was doing a complete re-scape and substrate change to go planted....and that SOB decided to just jump around everywhere and almost break my tank (>M<)

It was a good 8 inches long too, and those things can jump like salmon. I eventually just left it there as I rescaped everything. Wish I still had that guy, he was cool.

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you say blue tetra what kind of blue tetra? and i like the 2 net idea that is how i catch alot of the bigger fish. oh and fyi when going after loaches (hehe i had dojos that were a pain) use pvc pipe put net over one end and chase with net hehe they go to hide in the pipe and boom in the net the end up lol
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I hate trying to catch fish because it usually ends up with my moving everything around in the tank and destroying it. LOL

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GRRR! Was there ever that ONE fish you couldn't catch?

Try... a larrrrrrge ziploc bag. it's mostly invisible, and if tempted enough, most fish will swim right into it
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wicca27, this is the fish I am talking about;
http://www.aquariumlife.net/profiles...tra/100133.asp

I will wait a week and observe behavior, and if I try to catch it again I'll do the flashlight-in-the-dark trick - I think that might work. I bought the supplies to make my own custom nets too, since I am so disappointed with the commercial nets I have.

GMYukonon24s, what you said is exactly what happens in my house! lol I feel like Godzilla on a bender, I'm so clumsy and destructive.

aokashi - I don't have enough room to maneuver a ziplock bag, not even a sandwich sized one. My next tanks are going to have a completely different scaping style, that's for sure!

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Had this problem trying to get glo-light tetras out of my tank. They were complete jerks and it took me 3 hours to get them out.

Here's a though though, try the bottle trap, but figure out a way to get it to float near the tetra's turf, like to it to some styrofoam or put a weight in the bottle, tie another weight to a string to get it to the right height and put the other weight on the outside of the tank.

You can keep trying until he falls for it, even if your other fish get trapped its not like its gonna hurt them or anything.
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Bummer about the Columbian tetra =( I am surprised they get bullied , I have a big shoal of them in with tigers barbs and they definatley hold there own against them.

My hard to catch story was with a Chinese Algae eater.. quick little bugger. It finally took removing all hard scape and using the two net method, even after that it took 30 min and took a toll on my plants and remaining fish. He will stay in his curent tank permenently, not going through that again!
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