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Old 02-10-2013, 10:57 PM   #1
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help! damsel removal

So I have a 3 stripe damsel in my 29 biocube along with a coral beauty, a clarkii clown pair, and a royal gramma. The clarkii pair and gramma are new and I already see prices missing from fins from the damsel going after them. I was wondering how I could catch him to put him into my recently cycled 14(for now). I tried a net but he seems to know what's going on there and just hides as soon as I get near the tank with a net. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I would prefer to get him out unharmed but I would rather the damsel go bye bye then my mated clarkii pair and my royal gramma
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Old 02-11-2013, 12:25 AM   #2
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I've read another thread where someone caught him at night when he was sleeping. I'd try that. I heard they are really hard to catch though. Good luck!
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Old 02-11-2013, 12:28 AM   #3
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You could try leaving the net in there a few days so the fish get used to it.

Some people even feed into the net so the fish get extra comfortable.

Then in a few days - Bam. Grab that [moderator edit]
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Get a tank divider that splits the tank in two. Move as much as you can to one side then force him to the side w nothing, split the tank with the diver and then close in on him w the net. Worked for me w my rogue damsel.
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Old 02-11-2013, 01:11 AM   #5
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Food in a jar or place jar at oneside of tank tight on the glass and chase him into it.
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Old 02-11-2013, 06:01 AM   #6
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Good luck. I tried for over a month to get a damsel out of my tank. I tried a minnow trap, food in a jar, a fish hook, and jabbing him with a knife. I ended up having to pull every bit of rock out of my tank to catch him.
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Good luck with satan's fish. You will probably end up having to remove rock unless you get lucky.
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Old 02-11-2013, 12:58 PM   #8
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Caught all the other fish then spear the [moderator edit] devil spawn
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Old 02-11-2013, 06:12 PM   #9
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Ok this is easy as can be. I have done this a few times for myself and a few other people. what you do is the following

Step one: Get a 20oz plastic bottle
Step two: Cut off the top of the bottle right before it starts to tapper. (Basicly cut it off at the place on a pop bottle were the lable starts.)
Step Three: Cut off the part of the bottle you put your mouth on so its big enough for the fish to swim into.
Step Four: Put flip the top of the bottle over that you just cut off and put it into the bottle.
Step Five: Poke 3 holes in and use Fishing line and tie it with fishing line so its secure.
Step Six: Take the fishing line and cut 2 long peices and tie them to either side (if you only do one when you pull the bottle up it will cause the bottle to turn upside and loose the fish)
Step Seven: Put some food in it and Place it in the tank
Steph Eight: Sit and watch, The damsel will swim into it and it will have a hard time finding the escape route especially when nervous because it will start swimming randomly and rarly do fish try to escape UP (the reasoning for line being on both sides) They want to dart to the bottom and hide in the rocks.

This works really well and should be sucessfull in about 20mins and will allow you to not destroy your tank.

Heres some examples
Catching Your Fish - DIY Fish Trap
http://www.google.com/#hl=en&tbo=d&o...r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.
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Ok this is easy as can be. I have done this a few times for myself and a few other people. what you do is the following

Step one: Get a 20oz plastic bottle
Step two: Cut off the top of the bottle right before it starts to tapper. (Basicly cut it off at the place on a pop bottle were the lable starts.)
Step Three: Cut off the part of the bottle you put your mouth on so its big enough for the fish to swim into.
Step Four: Put flip the top of the bottle over that you just cut off and put it into the bottle.
Step Five: Poke 3 holes in and use Fishing line and tie it with fishing line so its secure.
Step Six: Take the fishing line and cut 2 long peices and tie them to either side (if you only do one when you pull the bottle up it will cause the bottle to turn upside and loose the fish)
Step Seven: Put some food in it and Place it in the tank
Steph Eight: Sit and watch, The damsel will swim into it and it will have a hard time finding the escape route especially when nervous because it will start swimming randomly and rarly do fish try to escape UP (the reasoning for line being on both sides) They want to dart to the bottom and hide in the rocks.

This works really well and should be sucessfull in about 20mins and will allow you to not destroy your tank.

Heres some examples
Catching Your Fish - DIY Fish Trap
http://www.google.com/#hl=en&tbo=d&o...r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.
I wish this would have worked for me. I left that 2-liter bottle in there for a week. That's when I upgraded and bought an actual minnow trap. No success there either.
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