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Old 11-19-2012, 04:28 PM   #1
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Catching agressive maroon clowns

I have two agressive maroon clowns which I want out so I can trade for new fish at my lfs, I've tried catching them in a net but no go, even tried bribing them out with bits of food but still it's a no go area, has anyone got any better ideas on getting them out without draining tank disturbing lr
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Old 11-19-2012, 04:38 PM   #2
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Hi you can try several tricks
1 - place a mirror in a base of a plastic container - theory - fish see's reflection attacks it and presto fish is in container
2 - use two nets. A small 'chasing' net and a big one to catch the fish.
3 - place a fish bag in there favourite hiding place then when they retreat simply lift out the bag!
4 - leave the net in the tank for a little while,then they will not associate it with danger?
None of these are completely 'fool proof' so to speak so hopefully some one may have a simpler solution?
Good luck
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Old 11-19-2012, 04:42 PM   #3
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I usually catch mine with a very small hook and line....

I couldn't resist
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Old 11-19-2012, 04:49 PM   #4
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Hi thanks for your ideas, think ill try the big net little net method 1st, also i might try the inverted bottle that I've just heard of, it's where you cut a clear bottle in half an invert the cap end back into the bottle creating a fish trap so to speak, so by placing food in your fishy pals go in but can't get out, granted you'll end up with probably more than 1 fish in their but 1 if them will be the ones you want.
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hi yes that idea is a very good idea {the fish trap}
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Old 11-19-2012, 05:04 PM   #6
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Yes I'm attempting the bottle trap 2mora I think I'll let you know how it goes, hope it works 1st time.
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Old 11-19-2012, 05:52 PM   #7
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I always use 2 nets... Or the sneak attack technique
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:06 PM   #8
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Daft reply but what's the sneak attack?,sounds good.
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:09 PM   #9
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Fish trap is the only way I know that really works. I keep a piece of fishing line from the trap tied to my easy chair, so if I see the offending fish enter the trap I can close it.
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Old 11-19-2012, 10:27 PM   #10
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Sneak attack was a whim of an action that I did once where I saw the fish I wanted swimming away from my rocks and I just went for it haha... I had the net out of the tank, then in, and back out in about a second....

I've never been able to replicate
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