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Old 03-01-2013, 03:30 PM   #1
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Catching fish...


So I'm trying to catch a bunch of the Pristella Tetras, and Head And Tail Light tetras to move to a different tank... Out of my 56 gallon column tank. Well I guess this is mission impossible. Any tips on how to successfully do this? Without having to drain the water to catch them... or tear out all the plants?
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Old 03-01-2013, 03:36 PM   #2
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you could make a trap.

http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/24971...tle-fish-trap/

I used this to catch some harlequin rasboras once upon a time.
you could also use an acryllic panel coral them to a smaller area so there is less room for them to run.
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Old 03-01-2013, 03:50 PM   #3
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What works well for my husband and I is the 2 net method. One of us will coral the fish down to one side of the tank and the other one will catch them. It works quite well.
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Old 03-01-2013, 04:44 PM   #4
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you could make a trap.

http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/24971...tle-fish-trap/

I used this to catch some harlequin rasboras once upon a time.
you could also use an acryllic panel coral them to a smaller area so there is less room for them to run.
It's a trap!
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Old 03-01-2013, 05:16 PM   #5
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Easiest method for me when I need to catch a bunch of schoolers is to place a larger net on one end of the tank, then use my hand to 'chase' the fish into the net (they school together, usually if one goes in a bunch will). Only fish this HASN'T worked on are Rummy Nose Tetra, don't ask me why Then all you need to do is catch a few stragglers. The fish trap above might be worth a shot too!
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Old 03-01-2013, 05:28 PM   #6
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I usually use 2 nets. One large one I'll leave nearby and another to chase them into it. You can also use your hand to chase them into it. Draining some water should help since it's a column tank.
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Old 03-01-2013, 06:46 PM   #7
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Best way I've found is to get a big flat sheet of rigid plastic/wood/etc (I use a large tupperware storage container lid) and use it to create a narrow dead end partition in the tank. Place food in the dead end corner of the tank then sweep up the fish from behind with the net.

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Old 03-02-2013, 01:38 AM   #8
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Well, thanks for the tips guys. But what I finally did was just drained about 25% of the water, removed a bunch of the plants (much to my dismay), and then caught them.
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