I have tried every tip that's been thrown my way. I bought some black tulle tonight and some plastic coated picture hanging wire - I was going to make a seine-like trap, but the wire was too flexible. Tomorrow I'll buy heavy jewelry wire. If I don't catch it then, then I'm leaving it in the tank.
I've learned two good lessons - PLAN for things like this when you scape; I didn't, and now I have driftwood I can't maneuver around and no open spaces to corral the fish into - it's impossible to net anything between the rocks and the driftwood. It's a six foot long tank, and I have a length of five feet of driftwoodw that goes from the substrate all the way above the waterline. Not any old dw, but twisty, arcing, loop-de-loop dw full of tunnels and holes. I'm trying to catch a 2" Blue Tetra - I might as well be trying to catch a Mako shark in the open ocean with my bare hands.
Lesson two; don't put Blue Tetras in a community tank. Disaster. I only have two left - a male and a female. The female's not so bad - she could even stay. But the male has decided the entire center of the tank is his. He's aggressive and darts out to nip fish out of his way. He goes 3 feet at a time to pop another fish. He doesn't actually nip (no damaged fins ever) but more like chases. The tank was soooo peaceful before I added the Blues. If I could only get that male out...
I'm so worried I'll make my fish sick by stressing them out when I try to catch the little bugger - they totally freak and pant heavily. I'm starting to think it's less stressful for me to leave the Blue tetra in there, and let the community adapt around him. What do you think? I have no desire to drain the tank to net him - it's a 125 and I don't want to drain that much (again, stressing the other fish).
*sigh* Have you ever had a fish you never could catch, or was too much hassle to (in regards to stressing the rest of the tank)? I wish I had miniature spearfishing equipment! I'd shoot that sucker like William Tell did an apple.
Well, I'll try again tomorrow night with my homemade seine. If that doesn't work I won't subject my poor fish to anymore nonsense. Next thing I'll know the stress will break them all out in ich or columnaris...as a matter of fact, I may have talked myself out of trying anymore - I feel horrible when I see how panicked the tank gets, and it lasts for days. I don't think that one fish bothers them nearly as much as I do, and I really am afraid I'll make them sick. I need to calm down, breath deep, and get over my Captain Ahab complex - lol
Thanks for letting me vent and work through it! I am giving up on that danged fish.