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how do you catch fish in planted tank?

Discussion in 'Off Topic and Chat' started by Patrice, Nov 16, 2006.

  1. Patrice

    Patrice Guru Class Expert

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    hi,
    for the last 3 month, I tried to catch that stupid otto. Everytime I make a move, hi hides in the plants.
     
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    Whos the one stupid.. :rolleyes:
    Kidding aside, try putting down the net with some food he likes inside. Then wait till he makes his way over. Do you use 2 nets? Its so much easier using 2 nets scaring him with one and swooping him up with the other.
     
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    What about lowering the water level? Or maybe make a fish trap out of a 1 or 2 liter bottle and bait it with an algae wafer.
     
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    I drain the tank about 80%, no water, no where to run:)

    Still trying to get some SAE's in a 350 gal tank after a year:mad:
    Vermin.

    Regards,
    Tom Barr
     
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    I have just about torn every plant out in my tanks at one time or another trying to catch a fish.
    The 2 net suggestion is good, another is using a clear plastic box and herding the fish into it and pulling it out of the water.
    I've not built a fish trap yet, but I'm about ready to. From what I understand, you take a small clear plastic soda bottle, cut it off several inches down the bottle, then invert the top into the bottle, and staple it in place. It's harder for the fish to then swim back out than if you leave the bottle intact...place bait in it and put it in the tank. I guess this assumes you are wanting to cahtch a small fish.
     
  6. Patrice

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    yeah, I know what you mean. Now, that otto dig in the substrat. I really dont need this.
    up to now, 2 net did not work and the fish trap neither. I am about to think I have to make DIY tranquilisant dard gun to get that fish out of there. I a sure that fish is laughing at me. He's just too fast and smart :eek:
     
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    That's about it. I actually used twisties so I could easily open it up to get fish out (often you get fish other than the one you want :()
     
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    If you really need to cath this otto, and youre using CO2? Bump up the CO2 alot (but remember what your CO2 settings was before so you easily can go back). He will get dull and slow and a piece of cake. When youre done aerate out that excessive CO2 (example with a waterchange).
    And no, im not kidding about this. Obviously there is some hazard with this method.
     
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    Sometimes I'll hold a net still in the water until the fish begin to ignore it, then sprinkle some floating flakes above the net, when they go to eat it scoop up quick. They usually don't see it comming from below.

    I try to avoid chasing them with the net whenever possible, just teaches them to run from it. I also frequently feed them by using the net to put food in the water to help them become accustomed to it.
     
  10. Patrice

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    I got it!!!!!!!! it's party time!
     
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    Patrice, did it take a whole month to catch that oto?
     
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    more than a month !
    it took 2 nets and lot of luck
     
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    I think the easiest solution by far is just leave it in the tank...LOL.
     

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