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Old 06-24-2009, 10:31 PM   #1
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best way to catch a fish


Best way to catch a fish in your tank, without removing anything? What kinda traps....my girl friend got me a fish and put in my tank as a surprise when I got home... Bicolor Pseudochromis, which I didn't want after I found out he may go after my pep shrimps... she saw me eying him at the store and for fathers day got me a bunch of stuff including this fish... argh... havnt seen my shrimp since... I been trying with the net with no luck...
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Old 06-24-2009, 10:43 PM   #2
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believe it or not. a fish-hook works everytime. it has yet to fail me. usually can hook a fish in 15mins or less

stop by walmart or wherever and get the smallest hook they have in their fishing dept. then grab a bag of frozen peel-n-eat shrimp

prep the hook by bending the sharp edge out a little bit with pilers

bait the hook with the smallest chunk of shrimp possible. we're talking tinnie tinnie tiny chunk of shrimp that barely covers the sharp edge of the hook.

throw hook with baited shrimp in tank closest to the Pseudochromis. if another fish comes for it that you DONT want, yank the line quickly to another part of the tank.

when the Pseudochromis starts to nibble on the hook, yank the line straight-up. it may takes several attempts to hook him. but you'll usually get him within 10 tries.

once you catch him, then go enjoy the peel-n-eat shrimp you bought.

i've personally have removed dozens of fish from friends tanks this way. you jsut have to be patient and persistant.
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Old 06-24-2009, 11:14 PM   #3
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I removed a pseudochromis (neon dottyback) in about 5 minutes with the soda bottle trick.

You take an appropriate sized soda bottle, cut it in half and invert the top. I tied a string to my bottle so I could lift it out in a hurry. Place a full uncooked shrimp in the bottle and just wait. In a few minutes the fish was in the bottle and out of the tank.
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Old 06-24-2009, 11:35 PM   #4
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Try the soda bottle.
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Old 06-25-2009, 06:20 AM   #5
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Clean shop vac, and another person to flip the switch when you yell "NOW!"

Fish gets a quick habitrail ride, ends up in vac, and you've also just prepped for your next water change.
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Old 06-25-2009, 06:59 AM   #6
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Clean shop vac, and another person to flip the switch when you yell "NOW!"

Fish gets a quick habitrail ride, ends up in vac, and you've also just prepped for your next water change.
Won't that make Sushi?
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Old 06-25-2009, 07:45 AM   #7
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Here is what I have done and it had worked many times but on larger fish and it may take a few days but I think it is the least stress full...

FYI I have tried the traps bottles (they do work good for crabs and mantis)
Never tried the Vac ot hook..

I just go to the tank an hour after the light go out use a red lilght to find the fish, Get my net ready and have a very bright 40 led flashlight. Once I find it, if it's in a accessable area I blind it witht he LED and just scoop it up. If the fish is in a accessable are it's tankes less than 30 seconds...
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Old 06-25-2009, 10:46 AM   #8
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Drain the tank and set him on fire! lol j/k

I have used the plastic bottle trick before and it worked well.
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Old 06-25-2009, 10:46 AM   #9
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you could also cut a square of some nylons tie string to the 4 corners and bury it with a few grains of sand ...instead of a soda bottle
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Old 06-25-2009, 10:49 AM   #10
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Thanks everyone... I did some searches on the forum too and seems the bottle trick works best statistically. I like that shop vac idea...lol two birds with one stone... water change and got my fish .... little bugger pecks at my snails and crabs too... tonite is hunting season
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Old 06-25-2009, 12:18 PM   #11
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Good luck!Let us know how you did.
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Old 06-27-2009, 07:59 PM   #12
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still trying....... hook didn't work...got a bottle in there with a piece of uncooked shrimp... crab and all sorts of things going in... its a green bottle.... fish not going near it yet.. I may try a clear one tomorrow. I even have a string attach to pull out..
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Old 06-28-2009, 01:13 PM   #13
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still trying....... hook didn't work...
yeah...my guess is the Pseudochromis' mouth is too small to hook anything. the hook works wonders on fish with larger mouths.

you could try this:



Go to HomeDepot or Lowes and get CLEAR plexiglass (its gotta be clear or the fish will be afraid of it!!) See if they have SCRAPS that they'll give you for !FREE! at the Cutting Center.

Once home, saw/cut it to size so the plexiglass it higher than the waterline but is TIGHT against the inside tank wall. Make 2 pieces. Position the plexiglass in the corner of your tank, to form a 4-sided box. 2 of the sides is your aquarium glass, the other 2 is the plexiglass pieces. the 2 plexiglass pieces must be pushed into the sandbed so they'll standup on their own,

Once you have formed a 4-sided box in the corner of your tank, you may want to consider just leaving this setup in there for 3 days prior to trying the next step. fish dont like new things in their environment, but after 3 days they tend to just accept whatever setup you have.

Next step, with plexiglass pieces in place, take one of the plexiglass pieces and lean it back so there is a good 1inch gap between the aquarium wall and the plexiglass piece. drop some mysis or brine shrimp down in the 4-sided box you created..... the fish have to be darn good and hungry and they will all eventually swim into the box as the mysis or brine sinks (btw, all your water current needs to be OFF. its bad news if the mysis or brine gets outside the box, defeats the whole purpose of the fish swimming inside the box to get fed)



keep your hand on the one plexiglass piece as the fish investigate the food inside the box, once your pseudochromis swims in there (may take awhile) SLIDE THAT PLEXIGLASS PIECE OVER TO FORM A TIGHT 4SIDED BOX. the plexiglass pieces must be supertight against the aquarium wall, even a slight 1/8th of an inch gap and the pseudochromis will escape wen it figures out its trapped.....it will swim around rapidly in panic-mode...during this time you gotta keep those two pieces of plexiglass firmly pressed against the aquairum glass or he'll escape.

If he does escape, call it a night and scrap the project until the following night. Just keep trying each night and eventually you'll get him. patience, patience patience. we're not in a marathon here. just keep trying.

But once he's inside the 4sided box and both plexiglass piece are tight against the wall, GET A 2ND PERSON to dip the fishnet down inside the box and fish-out the pseudochromis. one person to hold the box tight, the other to fish-out the pseudochromis

If the hook, the bottle or the plexiglass doesnt work, you'll need to drain the entire tank down to 1nch of water. then find the little s.o.b. and net out. hopefully you have enough buckets to store what you drain out. if you leave your light OFF, all your coral can remain "above-the-waterline" for up to 30 to 40 minutes as long as you have a spray-bottle filled with your tnak water and spray them with a heavy-mist every 5 minutes or so.

If that doesnt work, m-80 explosives stay lit under water kkkkkkkaaaaaawhooooooooosh!

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Old 06-28-2009, 06:31 PM   #14
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woohooo caught him... clear water bottle.. took about 4 hours of waiting... pictures

in the tank caught


used fishing line to pull him out


straight down shot... he /she is pissed!!!
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