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Old 01-14-2006, 06:28 PM   #1
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HELP! Cant catch an aggressive damsel

i have a 3 banded damsel that has gotten aggressive since the additoin of 3 green chromis, but the problem is...i cant catch him! i tried the net at feeding time, i tried a clear glass cup and baiting him in..nothing works! i NEED HELP ASAP!! tia
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Old 01-14-2006, 06:41 PM   #2
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I read on here where you cut a plastic bottle in 1/2 and attach a handle to the bottle where the cap would go. Then squrit food into the bottle.
When the fish realizes that he need to go under the bottle you press it to the bottom of the tank. Then slide you net under the bottle and he's yours.

I'm about to try it myself for a 3 banded devil. Those fish are pretty agressive.
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Old 01-14-2006, 06:54 PM   #4
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I made a trap with clear PVC but this will work. Get a clear 2 liter bottle and cut the bottom out of it. clean all the label off so it will be nice and clear. Attach a plastic rod or similar to the bottle with a ty-wrap around where the cap normally goes. Hold the bottle in your tank by the dial rod a few inches off the bottom. squirt food softly into the bottle through the threading opening. The fish will bump into the bottle trying to get the food but will figure out to go under the bottle to get it. Once the one you want is in the bottle just push the bottle down to the bottom and then put a net under bottom of bottle and pull bottle out with net over bottom.
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time to face the facts. This is going to be a very hard fish to catch. Bite the bullet and remove all rock/decoms from the tank and go after it with two nets and nothing for it to hind behind. I have tried to catch fish a variety of ways and have always ended up doing this.
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Old 01-14-2006, 09:38 PM   #6
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Yea lando is right. I had to catch a maroon clown to remove a parasite and the only way i could do it was to remove all of his hiding places.
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I recently caught a nasty damsel I had...only after doing what lando is suggesting- bite the bullet,get everything out and use two nets to catch it as quickly as possible.
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Old 01-14-2006, 10:43 PM   #8
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Sorry about that too. I had three yellow tail damsels that took over my $480 set of lr early last year. I said to myself "I have $49 tennants ready to take advantage of that crib but these 2 for $9.99 fish took ownership of it". So after getting tired and frustrated at damsels trying to outsmart them, I instead had to take the rocks out. It also gave me an opportunity to clean the tank. I cought the mean buggers and donated all three of them to an LFS, and got $25 store credit off of them. Serves them right.
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Been there, done that... removed all the rock, I mean. I had a cinnamon clown who was really agressive and after chasing him around the tank for like an hour, thinking surely he'd die from the stress, I ended up removing most of the rock to get him out. That little tough guy remained healthy and was adopted out by the lfs.
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This is why I really don't like damsels. When I first started my 10gal as a fish-only tank, there was no problem having it. Bur then I turned it into a reef and he quickly became a problem for the other inhabitants and was making my clown fish neurotic. The only way I could catch him was to remove everything from the tank, as lando said. Don't think I'll ever get another one. The good thing is that if you can't find a LFS to take it for a store credit then they're cheap enough that you can just *give* it to them and you'd only be out a few dollars.
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