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cant catch fish in the net!!

Hello all -

I'm trying to move my female guppies to a new home since I'm starting to have a guppy-fest in the tank. Seemed like a good plan, but I can't catch them in the net!!

My tank is 24 inches deep and there are lots of plants -without trashing plants all over the place I can't seem to catch these girls. I got two, but the other two are wise to me now and I skittish about the net.

Anyone have any tricks to catch fish in the net in a planted tank? I am flopping around with the net trying to catch them and stressing out the entire population

Someone tell me the secret!! thanks
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catch them at night when the tank has been dark for a while. that works for me.

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Use two nets. You can use the first net to chase the fish into the second net.

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Put the net in the water before feeding time and catch them while they are at the top eating.
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It's alot easier to catch fish when you do a water change. Less water for them to swim and hide.
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+1 to all the suggestions so far. I've used them all successfully. Try catching them when the lights go off, then try feeding and catching, then try two nets, then go the WC route!


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This is something that I have done for as long as I can remember. I cannot remember where I learned it from. It only works on smaller fish, so I havent used it in a couple of years with my cichlids, but it works great nevertheless.

Take a plastic waterbottle or two liter bottle. Obviously, make sure the bottle is clean and tank-safe. First, remove the cap. Cut off the top portion a couple inches below where the neck turns into the straight portion of the bottle. Now you have two pieces, the one containing the neck and a elongated tube with the base of the bottle. Next, take the neck piece and place it inside the other piece with the narrowest portion facing the base of the bottle.

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......1.........[_ <-------Fish go this way
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This system on the basis that it is very easy for the fish to swim into the area 1, yet difficult for them to come out. Once this is setup, sink it into a corner of your tank, and corrall the fish in that general direction. Once you have the fish in area 1, simply pull the bottle out of the tank, remove the neck portion and either net the fish out of area one into the new tank or simply place the bottle with neck removed into the other tank so the fish can freely swim out.
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i'm with oldpunk. you can even do a temporary blackout. cover the tank completely so no light gets in and let it sit for an hour or two. rip the blanket off and catch them quickly before they wake up.
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bait the net and wait for the fish to cath it self
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Ok, we're hours into this now!
I tried flashlight, blacking out the tank, two nets, baiting the net.

I also tried that old fashioned 'just hold the net in the middle of the tank, very still, and hope the girl swims over'. Someones tipping her off!!

I am trying the two bottle trap approach tonight!!!
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I usually do the 2 net thing and works most of the time although sometimes there is that one finicky fish that does not want to give in at all. The bottle idea sounds really promising!

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I usually do the 2 net thing and works most of the time although sometimes there is that one finicky fish that does not want to give in at all. The bottle idea sounds really promising!
It took me a while to understand the bottle idea, but I think it's pretty brilliant! I made a bottle trap last night then decided it was too small and if the fish freaked out in there they would hurt themselves. So, I'm gotta go get a 2 liter today and go for it !
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Well, I made a trap out of a 2 liter bottle, put 2 algae wafer in there and waited. Nobody went in! I got the idea that they couldn't even smell the wafers and didn't recognize them by sights. So, I poked tiny little holes in the bottle just to let it distribute the scent around a bit.

It's been in the tank for about 10 minutes, not much interest. But, I can wait.. We'll see
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The bottle method works if you walk away for about a while and don't disturb them. The fastest method in a planted tank for me, is to just do a massive water change. When their isn't much water you can catch them easier.

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