Best Way to Catch a Fish

Spartanwarrior

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Hey All,

I have 2 Pajama Cardinals that came with the tank I bought 1.5 yrs ago, eat like pigs and crap just as much. I'd rather reserve that space in this delicate balance for more exotic fare, and wondered how the experts catch fish in the tank that A. Immediately hide behind rocks whenever something foreign enters the tank for a solid 2+ hours and B. Without moving any rockwork/stir up the DSB.

Anyone ever use this 2 bottle method promoted by Reef Cleaners?
http://ftp.reefcleaners.org/how-to-trap-a-fish

Seems doable, because they are the biggest fish in my tank, so the holes would allow the others to swim out...however, they aren't very showy fish and don't come out often. Any other methods ppl use?

Thanks!
 

ourcoralreef

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You can borrow my trap if you want

I built a fish trap and it works wonders (except for a stupid wrasse)
if your buying look for one with a drop down door and should be transparent
The trap that i built i drilled a hole attached a airline tube and inject food from a foot away you can just put food in the trap or do the same thing
 

bonomo53

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The bottle will work but it takes more time. I used a fish trap and caught 5 fish within 3 days. I think aquarium village has a trap for rent.
 
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Nandez13

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Hey All,

I have 2 Pajama Cardinals that came with the tank I bought 1.5 yrs ago, eat like pigs and crap just as much. I'd rather reserve that space in this delicate balance for more exotic fare, and wondered how the experts catch fish in the tank that A. Immediately hide behind rocks whenever something foreign enters the tank for a solid 2+ hours and B. Without moving any rockwork/stir up the DSB.

Anyone ever use this 2 bottle method promoted by Reef Cleaners?
http://ftp.reefcleaners.org/how-to-trap-a-fish

Seems doable, because they are the biggest fish in my tank, so the holes would allow the others to swim out...however, they aren't very showy fish and don't come out often. Any other methods ppl use?

Thanks!

I've used this trap successfully many times. It was a pain at first but can work. I avoid feeding for a couple days before trying to use the trap. I place the bottle in an area of the tank where the fish I'm trying to catch usually goes. Shut the flow off so the bottle doesn't move around and then wait.
 

theMeat

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Yeah, if there's not too many fish in the tank then it could work. With lotsa fish you end up catching the wrong fish for months.
 

reefiness

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A fish trap is a must in this hobby. Usually takes a day or so to get the fish used to the trap, then you can fish them all out in a matter of hours.
 

Reef Reaper

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I leave a very large net in the tank for about a week and then feed the fish around the net. The fish will get comfortable with the net and usually you will be able to catch the fish. I had 50/50 luck with this method, never had luck with the bottle method. good luck!
 

theMeat

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The method i have had the most luck with is using a piece of plexiglass to get the fish cornered, then scoop them out with a net. Leaving the plexi in the tank for a few days will help
 

Spartanwarrior

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meat, your tank I can see this working with all your extra space. I'm working in a fully stocked 45 gal. Not much workspace to corner them. I'm trying the trap idea with the bottles first, and also putting a net in the tank...see which works first.
 

1QuickSubaru

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I made my own with a critter cage. Put a rock in it to hold it down. Took a thick piece of tubing with a piece of string tied to it and put it at the edge of the door to keep it open. Throw food in there and sit back and wait for the fish to go in. As soon as it's in there pull on the string and let the door close. Caught a wrasse and two clownfish with it so far...
 

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