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Basics: how to catch the frog without uprooting plants

I've 10 gal tank, basic, more or less densely planted (see it at http://community.webshots.com/album/546783702gnKvxT ). Yesterday faced the problem of catching the dwarf African frog without tearing off some plants, no success. How you do that, or just plant down again each time? May be, plant next time at more distance from the glass?
How many of you are using gloves to prevent aquarium contamination from contact with human hands? I always did this bare handed and had never seen gloves long enough to reach the bottom.
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you can buy long gloves from drsfostersmith.com
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I never found aneed for gloves really. As long as your dont have any open wounds (mostly for your safety not the fish) and you make sure to rinse your hands off under water with no soap. Just give them a good rinsing. Everything should be fine.
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Catch him with your fingers. Easier on the frog, easier on the plants, and you might actually be able to get him that way.
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Thanks! Anybody else - advice is welcome.
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Set a trap for it with some food. Find an empty 2 Liter soda bottle and rinse it well with some hot/warm salt water. Cut the top off of the bottle just where it starts to curve upwards to form the spout. Take this top piece you've cut off and invert it in the bottle and tape the two rims together. Now put some food in it and lay it sideways on the bottom of the tank. Fish (or frogs) go in and don't know how to get out. You could use a smaller bottle since the tank is only 10 gallons.


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I think that would work, (the bottle trap,) except that those little dwarf frogs are really dumb. I've put food for them in a jar lid and watch them not be able to figure out going over the rim into the lid to get the food.

Another thing to watch out for is if you use a bottle trap, you need to watch it and remove the frog as soon as it goes in. Don't walk away and forget about it, because the frog will suffocate in there. For a 10 gal tank, I'd use a 16 oz water bottle.
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This is what I do. When the frog goes up for air. Stick the net right under him. Be patient and you won't even have to mess up any plants. The frog will swim down into the next after coming up for air.

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Smartie. Yeah, KK is right. Best way to catch a dwarf frog. With any luck you won't have to wait more than 30 minutes.
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frog gig "joking"

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I like the ideas, the simpler - the better. Is bottle trap looks like this?
http://www.cichlid-forum.com/articles/fish_trap.php
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regarding dwarf African frogs and the issue of uprooting plants;

removing a DAF can simply be done with your hand, that's a no brainer.
just approach it from above, push it into the gravel, then lift it out.

I would like to use this thread to report a tangent of this subject;
Do DAFs and plants mix? after 4 Months I can report the following;

If you have very fine stem plants, such as baby tears,
or have any low horizontally spread plants like glosso,
then you do NOT want a DAF in your planted tank.

No matter now many hiding places your DAFs have
they still want to squeeze themselves under your
ground plant cover, and between dense groups of stems.

So if you have thicker stem plants of 1mm or more, bulb
rhizome, or root ball plants, DAFs won't adversely effect them.

While it pains me to do this, I finally decided to move
my DAFs out of my primary planted tank, and into
my nephews tank; he gets all my rejects free

Maybe now my fine foreground plants will have a chance to
spread and thicken without being pulled up every few nights


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yup thats the trap ... just make sure you monitor it ... because it is possible, like stated already ... to suffocate that frog if he can't get out and go back up for air

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