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Any ideas on how to catch a horseface loach?
He's about 2yrs old and 10 inches long.

Every time I see him he darts back into substrate.
The. One good thing is he only comes in and out the same spot.
I have tried weighing down a net in this spot with no luck.


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Why on earth do you want to get rid of him?! Horsies are awesome. I don't know, how it's done, but a fish trap might work.

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I want to move him into my 56g.
He's in my 14g.
This tanks way to small for him anymore.
I just can't figure a way to catch him.


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since its only 14 gallons why not drain most of the water out and then scoop him out of the substrate


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I'm heavily planted. Don't want to uproot everything. To catch him.


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Make your own fish catcher, heres a vid
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdZDU52sixw
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Every time I've tried to catch him he starts moving though the whole substrate till I stop.
Than I have a big mess.


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Lol.
That's what I use to catch shrimp.
I'll just lay it down instead.
Thanks Crow.


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Oh. Yeah, that would make sense why you want to move him.

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depending on what else is in your tank, I'd second the suggestions of building a trap (maybe just a soda bottle with the top cut off, and inverted), or draining the water to limit it's ability to flee (this may stress it the hell out though...)

you could even try draining all the water, and just picking it up? 10" is pretty big...

if you drain the water into a clean bucket, you could replace most of it afterwards to avoid any drastic chemistry changes.
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You could try chilling the tank too, turning off the heater and MAYBE putting some ice cubes (make sure aquarium appropriate water is used) in the top. This would cause it to move much slower. If this is a bad idea please correct me!

are you a sink or source?
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