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Old 01-07-2014, 05:00 PM   #1
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How do you handle a fish like a fox face or lion fish if it can harm you? I have tried thinking of ways people do it because a net would be to hard for a lion fish it's spikes would get caught and you wouldn't want to add the water from your LFS

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When I had SW, I had lionfish. To acclimate them I used a bucket and the drip method, then used a large, deep plastic bowl to transfer them into the tank. Just drain the water out of the bowl into the bucket, dipped it into the tank and the fish swam out.

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I used a measuring jug and just added the water with my foxface and lion tbh.
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Old 01-07-2014, 07:00 PM   #4
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I drip until the water volume has doubled then i remove half then let it double again remove half i'll do this 4-5x The thinking is it will remove most if not all of the LFS water, To transfer to the QT i use a large bowl and dump any water right in.
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Venimous fish

If it's non-venomous, I use my bare hand to transfer them, less chance of snagging scales. If it's venomous, or likes to bite, the bowl or jug method described works best.
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Typically the only time you need to handle a fish is to transfer it from acclimation. If you have to pull it out of the tank for some reason it will be hard to catch it in a bucket. Unfortunately in this scenario you will have to use a net. My foxface wasn't bad in a net but I could see a lion fish being an issue. Wear rubber gloves and gently remove from the net is all I can really offer.
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ive personally had both a lion fish and a foxface and I just use a net..... never really picked them up with my hands.... with the foxface its spikes may get stuck in the netting but just give the net a little wiggle and it'll let go

but once upon a time when my tank blew up and had to rescue the fish before it was too late and I scooped up the lion fish with my bare hands..... luckily I didn't get stung.

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