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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-28-2006, 04:17 PM Thread Starter
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Help ! Fish problem

I would like to remove some fish from my 54 gallon tank one being a swenfeldi barb and a rosey barb and there are just so fast and i cant remove them. What should i dO?
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get a faster net. worth the money IMO


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do a 90% water change (leave an inch of water above the gravel) and pick them up while they skip around in the gravel before refilling your tank. when the water level gets low enough fish tend to scurry to the glass and the tank corners making it even easier to catch them before they can damage themselves assuming the gravel by the glass is set lower than elsewhere in the tank. I find this is the best way to catch my fish without ruining my plant arrangements. If you worry too much water change will shock your remaining fish, simply keep a lot of the water you drain out in extra buckets to put back into your tank once you are done.

If you want to stick with trying to net the fish, try approaching it from the bottom up, not from the side. I find when I put my net flat under a fish, they don't see it till it's too late. also try trapping the fish with the net against your tank glass, then slowly moving the net up while still flat against the glass till it's finally above the waterline.


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I would follow what Spynet says except try using two nets ,one to guide them to one corner and the other one to catch them.
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Here's my trick for catching my stubborn guppies.
Take a clear drinking glass (or acrylic breeder box in my case) and use the net to scare them into it. It's best to do this at feeding time when they're at the surface. The bottom approach works great during feeding also.

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Three options that I can think of.

1. As SP mentioned drop the water level to give them less room to run.
2. Drop the tank temp to slow down their responsiveness. When the power went out up here I was presented the oppertunity to finally catch the pair of silver tipped tetras that had been harrassing the tank and were way to fast to catch without destroying my tank)
3. Get a clear fish catcher so they don't see it take off before you can get the drop on them.
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PetSmart - Kordon Fish Catcher
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