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RuGlu6
04-02-2014, 03:44 AM
How to catch any fish in the reef tank.

Do you ever get bored with that blue damsel or a chromis that you bought to start the tank? Or you got a fish that got so big and its time to move that fish to a larger tank but you never able to catch that fish because your reef is packed with live rock and corals?

Here is the trick that you will only appreciate when you really want “that fish” out of your tank badly, but can’t catch it.

Using this method I got a large Frecnh Angel out of my tank, and even a dart fast Foxface. It will work on any fish that is not overly huge.

Get a (yes you guessed it right) pop bottle or a juice bottle.
Cut the bottom off
Cut the top off
Get any clip to hold it to the rim inside of the tank. Leave about 1 inch above water surface where a clip holds it to the rim of your tank and aprox. 4-5 inches submerged.
Trap is ready!

Here is the “science” behind it.
Use this as a feeding station for a week or so. This will help to keep floating flakes and pellets on the surface and fish will have to “enter” the feeding station and swim up to the surface. In a week or so time the fish will get use to going in the “feeding station” but most importantly the clear bottle will start getting lees clear, after coralline or other algae will start growing on the walls. My trap is square from the juice bottle and is slightly larger.
So after a week or so, or when you are ready to sell that fish or move it to a larger tank:
• Get the fish net ready.
• Wear dark (black is best) clothing. Reflective, and or fluorescent bright colored things will scare the fish.
• Turn the lights behind you OFF (moving shadows will scare the fish)
• Get the bag or bucket ready.
• Fish must be hungry so don’t feed before this time.
• Keep fish net in one hand and at the tank rim level ready to scoop.
• Hold the fishnet so that there is no net hanging and net is NOT touching the water.
• With other hand drop that fish’s favorite food in to the feeding station. Food must float and not sink.
• Fish goes in to the feeding station and because the sides are no longer clear, its line of site and all peripheral vision is blocked by the walls of the feeding station. Also the fish has to swim up a little to get the food from the surface.
• Now is your time to scoop it quickly.
• Gotcha!

This method works like a clock every time !. Look here at my tank full of SPS there is no way I could catch that French Angel with out the above described method.

http://www.canreef.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=97866

I also got the Hippo Tang using the same method.
http://www.canreef.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=98664

Scythanith
04-02-2014, 04:01 AM
Nice write up. I used a hook and bait, works every time :)

Proteus
04-02-2014, 04:13 AM
Great trick. Thank you

Aquattro
04-02-2014, 05:16 AM
Remove water. Pick up fish. Replace water. 20 minutes.

lastlight
04-02-2014, 05:22 AM
Remove water. Pick up fish. Replace water. 20 minutes.

and you can do it naked.

Aquattro
04-02-2014, 01:19 PM
and you can do it naked.

I thought that was a given..

RuGlu6
04-03-2014, 05:23 AM
AND much shorter write up :lol:

04V10
04-03-2014, 01:57 PM
I have to try this. I have a chromis that's being a jerk in my tank, and was gonna move it to my office tank, but couldn't get it. His time has come!!!!!! :twised:

Thanks!

RuGlu6
04-03-2014, 04:44 PM
You are welcome !
I would be honoured if this will help anybody, even just one person.

input80
04-03-2014, 08:27 PM
Got any pics of the "trap", even with proper placement please ? I have to catch a yellow head sleeper goby.

MMAX
04-03-2014, 10:18 PM
Any write ups on how to EASILY catch a fish in an overflow?

RuGlu6
04-07-2014, 04:01 AM
Got any pics of the "trap", even with proper placement please ? I have to catch a yellow head sleeper goby.

Sure please see attached pics.
1. Trap installed
2. Fish is inside (vision is blocked by the trap walls)
3. Use net to scoop the fish.

Aquattro
04-07-2014, 04:06 AM
Any write ups on how to EASILY catch a fish in an overflow?

Can you unscrew the stand pipe? That usually puts them in the sump, or waiting net.

RuGlu6
04-07-2014, 04:24 AM
Got any pics of the "trap", even with proper placement please ? I have to catch a yellow head sleeper goby.

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input80
04-07-2014, 04:27 AM
Perfect, thank you very much for those pics.