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How do I catch SAE's in a 180 gallon?

Discussion in 'Fish for Planted Tanks' started by dutchy, Jun 23, 2010.

  1. dutchy

    dutchy Plant Guru Team
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    Anyone found a smart way? Those fish are FAST and they hide very well. Draining the most of the tank is not an option, my plants will suffer.

    regards,
    dutchy
     
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    Hi Dutchy,

    Clear as much space on one end or corner as you can.

    Use a LARGE WIDE net at one end for the capture and use a smaller net to drive the fish into the bigger one. You will catch more than you want but just pick out of the net the ones you want.

    I have a wide net that is almost the width of my 180 and it works well.

    It helps to remove even some of the tank water.

    I have also had luck coaxing them to the front for a 'feed' and then used the wide net and swept up what I can......if done gently you can grab them fairly easily in a larger net...

    Hope this helps.
     
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    Yikes. Bloody good question.

    1) Out of habit, I turn my filters OFF for 3min of feeding. This has been valuable when I've had to catch a fish, including SAEs. Filter off = fish all come front and center.

    2) Not only one large mouthed net - but two. Need full good clearance of all tank surface. 2 wide mouth nets, one in each hand. Bait with food, blood worms, possibly sinking pellets which will attract attention at floor for more than a quick dart and retreat.

    3) Put on some Yanni. Patterned breathing. Patience.

    growitnow
     
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    Spear gun.

    Regards,
    Tom Barr
     
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    You might be able to catch them in an open container like a pitcher. Throw some food in and when they go in, cover end with a net. This works pretty well for discus too as well as anything really sharp and pointy you don't want stuck in you or your nets.

    Some fish really HATE laser pointers and you might be able to coral them to one side of the tank for easier netting with some well placed pointers. Some like the dot too so maybe just the opposite. They only cost a few bucks each at this point so maybe you could make a laser "net" to shove everyone to an open corner and scoop as needed.

    On the more facetious side of things - as in please don't actually try some of this....

    Dynamite.

    Maybe you could zap your fish with electricity to stun them all? Pick them off the top when they float.

    Are SAEs sensitive to CO2? Maybe just gas them a bit and see what floats to the top?

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  6. dutchy

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    Spear gun? Dynamite? Gas them? Very drastic measures. :) :) :) I'm already getting tempted.....

    Now that I tried to catch them, they hide under the field of Blyxa. I can't even see them :( Maybe a BIG net will help.

    Thnx guys,
    dutchy
     
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    Not sure if this works as well as an M80 or a large net. I was thinking of something like a DIY minnow trap made from two soda pop bottles. I know it's frustrating, but the title of this thread made me laugh thinking about it.
    [video=youtube;VuBcyARvm7g]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuBcyARvm7g[/video]

    This is one way you would make it, http://boyslife.org/hobbies-projects/projects/69/make-your-own-minnow-trap/
     
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  8. dutchy

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    Good option. I'll try, but probably I will just keep catching my Apistos, they are very curious fish.

    regards,
    dutchy
     
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    Try catching it in the night while it is sleeping.

    Or drain the tank and leave it dry for a few weeks.
     
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