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Gush catch pen is nice, but this was free :)

Gush Catch pen looks beautiful and effective, but the throat is too small for scuds, it's always out of stock and it is pretty pricey. here is my free version

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My attempt. The little plastic tubs are the ketchup containers from my local Arby's. A short piece of air hose, wire paper clip heated with lighter to melt a hole in the bottom. The plastic tube with the blue cap is a Petsmart "free water test" vial, it will become version 2 if this works well.


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In the tank, baited and flooded. We'll see if I catch anything! Had to put a little gravel in it to keep it down. Thinking I might use this to catch baby cherries for transport, just set it on it's side.



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Very nice. Keep us posted on if it works or not.


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Left it in the tank overnight - caught a scud! and a bunch of tiny little snails

A design revision though - the scud was alive and kicking at 4:00pm yesterday, dead this morning. Opened the top and the water had a smell, I think a combination of too much food as bait decaying and no O2 in the water since it was sealed (except for the little tube).

Cut a big hole in the lid, closed it over a piece of window screen. Makes the lid tough to get on, but should provide plenty of water exchange and keep any caught critters alive.

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The screen is going to allow anything caught to escape if they're small enough.

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The screen is going to allow anything caught to escape if they're small enough.
You bet, figured it could stay in the tank like this for long periods - or I can swap out a solid lid for short periods if I need to catch anything tiny.


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you could also use no-see-um netting like is used on backpacking tents


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you could also use no-see-um netting like is used on backpacking tents
Great idea! Have to find a little of that


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Or a bit of pantihose maybe?

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Re: Gush catch pen is nice, but this was free :)

Panty hose would work great

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Gush catch pen is nice, but this was free :)

+1 pantyhose.
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Or a bit of pantihose maybe?

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This is interesting!


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Or a bit of pantihose maybe?
Even better! Easier to close the lid too


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I don't think you'd even need a lid.

Just stretch the pantihose over the top and then do a running stitch or rubberband around the air hose on the bottom.

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