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Catching fast fish in a heavily planted tank?

How the HELL do you do it without destroying your aquascape?

I have 3 SAE's that are well over 4 inches long and are starting to aquire a taste for slime and fish food over algae.

Thing is, I can't get them out.

they're just too quick, and they're sneaky.

They'll sit dead still and let the net brush right past them before they flinch.

Any ideas on how to catch these little sneaks?

If they were yellow I'd call them the cheats.


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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-04-2005, 01:36 PM
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Build a soda bottle fish trap.
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I've not tried the soda trap, though that was certainly my first thought.

As to catching my SAE, I've given up. I've also given up with a big, momma red swordtail. I guess I'll side a bit with Darwin on this one. If they're clever enough to stay away from the net/traps, then they've earned the right to stay !
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I caught all the SAE's in my tank at night. Make sure the room is pitch black and blind them with a very bright flashlight. They can still be a PIA, but at least the playing field is level. Use a large net (8 inch or bigger) so you can get around them without disturbing the immediate area.

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The bottle trap baited with bloodworms works great! That particular tank was heavily planted and I caught all 4 of my SAE's without disturbing anything.
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Excuse my ignorance! What's a soda bottle trap?

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I believe you take a two liter soda bottle and cut it in half (around the circumference) with a sharp knife or razor blade. You then remove the cap, then turn the top half around and stick it on the bottom half. The fish swims through the opening and into the bottom section of the soda bottle. You can cut around the top if you need to widen the hole for a bigger fish.

Please correct me if I have any of that wrong.
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That's pretty much the idea, Hypancistrus. I use a 500ml water bottle for smaller fish and cut it where the bottle starts to round off at the "shoulder" to preserve the length of the bottle. I also punch holes around the bottle with a hot nail to allow circulation through the trap, which let's your target fish "smell" the bait. I then weigh down the trap with a bit of gravel or small rocks and I also loop a bit of monofilament through a couple of the nail holes so I can haul up the trap quickly once the quarry's inside.
The other day, I noticed my son had brought home a slurpee/freezie/icy, sugary thing that you get at the local convenience store. The clear cup and lid looked like it could make a very useable fish trap, once you turn the lid around.....
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The other day, I noticed my son had brought home a slurpee/freezie/icy, sugary thing that you get at the local convenience store. The clear cup and lid looked like it could make a very useable fish trap, once you turn the lid around.....
Nice. You're not alone. I can no longer look at any sealed container without thinking of a way to turn it into a CO2 reactor.

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Do you have any pictures of one?

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