Originally Posted by salty198
... 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!