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02-05-2013 07:43 PM
rhody9 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!
02-05-2013 05:11 PM
Dtitus1 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.
02-05-2013 05:51 AM
driftwoodhunter wicca27, this is the fish I am talking about;

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!
02-05-2013 05:35 AM
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
02-05-2013 05:07 AM
GMYukonon24s I hate trying to catch fish because it usually ends up with my moving everything around in the tank and destroying it. LOL
02-05-2013 05:03 AM
wicca27 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
02-05-2013 04:28 AM
HybridHerp 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.
02-05-2013 03:44 AM
driftwoodhunter 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!
02-04-2013 07:25 PM
Knotyoureality 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!
02-04-2013 05:28 PM
driftwoodhunter bummed. Lesson learned. When the lights came on just now I found a dead Columbian tetra stuck in the plants. I'm stressing them out too much. The bully never caused any stress related death or sickness, so I'm going back to a hands-off tank. I've never had a death in this tank before, except for the other smaller Blue tetras that got picked off by the bigger Blues. I just fed the fish and they all cowered in a corner. I hope I don't get a breakout of disease...

Thanks for the additional tips, but the hunt is over.
02-04-2013 04:45 PM
Originally Posted by Adamson View Post
I had big time problems catching my Texas Cichlid in my 125 the other day, took me about 30 minutes with two nets.
I've wanted a big tank all my life - I never thought there was a downside to it - until now. lol
02-04-2013 04:44 PM
driftwoodhunter I've never tried the bottle trap - I hear it works well, but the guy I'm trying to catch never goes near the bottom 1/3 of the tank, but my other tetras species constantly feed off the bottom if veggie sticks or food - such as the frozen bloodworms - makes it there. The other tetras sniff out fallen food like bloodhounds - I have yet to see the Blue tetra "hunt" by scent. I think all I would catch are the other species of tetras in the tank. Either that or get stuck partway through (they are all different sizes, up to 3")
02-04-2013 04:42 PM
Adamson I had big time problems catching my Texas Cichlid in my 125 the other day, took me about 30 minutes with two nets.
02-04-2013 04:36 PM
tomfromstlouis I presume you tried the inverted 2 liter bottle trap idea? It worked for me and my rummynose tetras? If that guy has a favorite food it should work...
02-04-2013 03:55 PM
driftwoodhunter Yes, wasserpest gets it - it's the layout that prevents me from catching it. I will never willy-nilly put a hardscape together again. Catching fish was something I didn't take into consideration. Although I will say I looked into the tank with a flashlight last night about an hour after lights-out, and one of the Blue tetras was hovering near the surface. Unfortunately I think it was the nearly innocent female, but I can't be sure. I'm going to keep the glass top off 2 sections of the tank so I can sneak up (don't want jumpers, so one glass section stays on) and I'm also going to replace the big bright blue netting on one of my long handled nets with my black tulle I bought - hard for the fish to see - and try scooping it out while lights are off by stunning it in the flashlight beam. It might work - lol.

and what is sae? The only SAE I know is Siamese Algae Eater - lol
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