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Old 02-18-2014, 05:34 PM   #1
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Any tips for netting fast fish?

I've got 3 zebra danios left; caught six, but I think the smart ones are left. Tank is planted with lots of rocks and driftwood, so it would be quite a project to deconstruct the tank.
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Old 02-18-2014, 05:37 PM   #2
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I have zebra danios too and they are pretty fast but what I did to catch them in my tanks was I got a water bottle and i cut it 3/4 up from the bottom then take the top part of the bottle and stick it in upside down in the bottom part of the bottle put some food in it put it on bottom of tank and wait hope this helps good luck 😀
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Old 02-18-2014, 06:00 PM   #3
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Wow, that is creative. I was hoping for thoughts like this. So you mean a standard 16 or 20 oz drinking water bottle. And when the fish swim down into the bottle to retrieve the food, you net over the top of the bottle?
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Old 02-18-2014, 06:04 PM   #4
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Something like this, fish swim in can't swim outClick image for larger version

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Old 02-18-2014, 06:09 PM   #5
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Whoa that is genius... gotta use that.
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Old 02-18-2014, 06:18 PM   #6
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Ok glad i could help
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Old 02-18-2014, 06:26 PM   #7
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Thank the lord that engineers walk this Earth. That is awesome
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Old 02-18-2014, 06:27 PM   #8
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Haha I'm only 14 so thanks and let me know how it works for you
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Old 02-18-2014, 07:03 PM   #9
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I love this idea. Trying to catch fish in my 90 makes me want to kill myself. After an hour I am usually dripping wet, crying AND cursing.
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I've been trying to catch an Odessa barb for 2 weeeeeeks!!! Thank you!! Seriously!! I'm going to put a bigmac in there!
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I'm going to put a bigmac in there!
That made me LOL
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That made me LOL
they are pigs! Lil aquatic oinkers!
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Old 02-18-2014, 07:40 PM   #13
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Catching water rockets!

Oh my! I remember having to catch Zebra Danios in my heavily planted tank! Minnows with superchargers! Here's what I invented to use next time. OS.
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Its a bummer trying to catch my torpedo barbs when I moved them I was there for like a hour

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Oh my! I remember having to catch Zebra Danios in my heavily planted tank! Minnows with superchargers! Here's what I invented to use next time. OS.
update.. Tried the OS method with a car battery, hmmm I think I should call someone.. Anyone know the number for 911?
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Well I'm glad you all like my idea
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Old 02-18-2014, 09:16 PM   #17
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That bottle method looks great! I'll have to try that for my kuhli loaches! They're a pain to catch because they navigate by touch not by eyesight..
The method I usually use for fish though is wait a couple hours after the lights have been off and the tank has been in total darkness. Then turn on just enough light in the room (a lamp or something) so that I can see. But the fish are still in that dazed sleepy state. They usually "sleep" at the surface, so they're easy to catch! I caught an Odessa barb this way and mollies.
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Ya thats another great idea. Good luck catching your kuhil loaches
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The bottle method is the same premise of just about every crab pot and minnow trap available in a tackle shop, lol. Never thought about it like that though. I used a screen top off a 10g as a divider, moved my decor and then fought to net one tiger barb in particular.

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That bottle method looks great! I'll have to try that for my kuhli loaches! They're a pain to catch because they navigate by touch not by eyesight..
The method I usually use for fish though is wait a couple hours after the lights have been off and the tank has been in total darkness. Then turn on just enough light in the room (a lamp or something) so that I can see. But the fish are still in that dazed sleepy state. They usually "sleep" at the surface, so they're easy to catch! I caught an Odessa barb this way and mollies.
If you have a red light, they can't see it so you could turn it on as bright as needed.. Most animals can't see red light.

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