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    Catching Fish

    I know this topics comes up fairly frequently and thanks to Steven Pro's new article, we all have easy reference....

    Get Out of My Tank!... Fish Removal Tips & Tricks

    Don't know if I like the bait hook idea though..

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    Thanks for the read. I might try a couple of those. Especially the low light method and the traps. The hook idea is a little wierd like you said. I'll probably skip playing Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries" too

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    I like the fishing idea. Especially in me new tank with the shark.
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    Steven Pro just wrote an article on the subject:

    http://reefkeeping.com/issues/2006-06/sp/index.php
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    The current issue of Corals has another way to catch fish.

    You put a divider into the tank. It is two pieces. Butt one end against the tank's side. The other end is short and leaves it open. The second piece sits behind the first piece. You let or herd the fish into the 'trap' and then close its escape with that second piece of plastic, like a sliding glass door, to butt against the front of the tank.

    Now the fish is caught in an open area of the tank with no decorations and no escape. GO FOR IT!
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    i need help catching a stupid damsel. i just put a naso tang that is about three times the size of the damsel and the damsel keeps nipping at him. its driving me mad. please help. does anyone around puyallup have a fish trap that i can use or buy. please help. thanks chad

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    What size tank are they in?

    An established damsel fish is quite often aggressive towards any new tank mate. It's a tough, and hardy fish. It becomes very belligerent when it has established its territory (which quite often is the entire tank!).

    You could clear out 1/3 of the tank of rock etc, then herd the damsel into that section and close the section off with a divider while you catch the fish.

    Reducing water volume can help catch a fish. Sometimes you want to just wait until dark or dusk when the fish slows down and becomes more careless or just plain doesn't see you coming.

    There are other suggestions at other places, too:
    http://www.reefland.com/forum/marine...oin-fisin.html
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    Thanks for all the tips.

    I have an Indian Blenny I need to remove, but he's way too fast for me, & won't go near the glass fish trap at all. I can't drain the water, or move any of the rocks as it's one huge rock-base with corals established on it. I did catch my troublesome squirrelfish in the trap though.

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    You can drain 100% of the water whether there are corals in the tank or not. Sponges or other invertebrates with similar concerns would be the only draw back. If you do not have anything like that, do not worry about exsposing corals for a short duration of time. Just be sure that ambient room air is not cold and keep the tank lights off. The short time it will take to capture the fish and refill the tank should not affect the health of the corals.

    Just to be safe though, what species of invertebrates do you have?

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve-s View Post
    Just to be safe though, what species of invertebrates do you have?
    I think an orange sponge is the only thing that would be a problem. How about anemones, would it be best to move them to my quarantine tank if I attempt this?

    Thanks

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    The sponge is a definate no. Unless you can lower the sponge or remove it without exposing it to air your hooped. The anemone will depend on how high it is and how it's situated. As long as it's not sitting atop a pointed or jutting structure it will be fine. They cannot support their own weight in the least out of water. Your main concern is being punctured or torn.

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    great tips! Ill use some of them!

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    The sink worm or Senko rigged “wacky style” is a great method for catching big fish and is easy for a novice to use. Wacky style simply means hooking the worm in the middle with a weed less hook as pictured. Cast the worm and wait as mentioned above until it sinks to the bottom. Then move the worm slowly with a hopping motion. When the fish bites and you feel a peck, WAIT! The line will start to move to the side or out away from you. When the line gets tight, set the hook and hang on.

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    Welcome to the site, but you replied to a 7 year old post about removing a fish from AN AQUARIUM. Wrong site, wrong date.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wellborn11 View Post
    The sink worm or Senko rigged “wacky style” is a great method for catching big fish and is easy for a novice to use. Wacky style simply means hooking the worm in the middle with a weed less hook as pictured. Cast the worm and wait as mentioned above until it sinks to the bottom. Then move the worm slowly with a hopping motion. When the fish bites and you feel a peck, WAIT! The line will start to move to the side or out away from you. When the line gets tight, set the hook and hang on.

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    Ive used the hook method in my tank. Works real good. I had a brown barred goby, "dumper", that i was getting tired of covering up everything with sand. Tried catching him using the above methods and nothing worked. After 2 months of cleaning the sand off rocks and corals, i said the heck with it. Got myself a lil trout hook, grinded down the barb till it was smooth, and went fishing. It took me 5 miutes to catch it. Hooked it in the lip, took it out and put it in a smaller tank that had nothing in it. Just fed it and within a few days, couldnt even see a mark where the hook went through. Traded him into the lfs for some credit. It was fine. Be more of a problem if it swallowed the hook though.
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