Originally Posted by rambo1224
thanks for all the ideas, but it doesn't look like they make these claws longer than 36". I need more like 48" or so to get to the bottm of my tank. What about some kind of vacuum hose that I could snake to the area, turn on, suck up the body and turn off. Anybody done anything like that or know wher I could get something?
You could get a large diameter flexible hose, any length you need, put a ball valve inline and use that as a siphon to suck something out. In the end it's not as useful of an idea as a grabber simply because it wouldn't be effective on large fish. Also, a grabber can maneuver or retrieve items that may fall to the bottom like a filter part or decoration. You'll run into other problems with long grabbers like ceiling clearance so the shortest one that can reach the bottom with the added length of your arm may be a better option than one that is the length of the tank height. Remember that tension must be applied to the grip end the whole time that the fish is being pulled out. May be difficult goth a four foot model.
An easy solution could be to simply attach (superglue) a fish hook to the end of a long PVC
pipe. You could hook the dead fish and pull the guy right out. Done!