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Old 04-30-2009, 01:24 PM   #11
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Yep, our advice is free and have true experiences. There are a few ways you can try to get themo ut.
After lights out, find out where they sleep and give them about 2 hours to settle in, get your net ready and turn on the lights and snatch them.
Leave the net in the tank so they get used to it and feed and try to catch that way.
Use a coke bottle with the lid cut off and turned into the rest of the bottle with food in it, they swim in to eat and can't get back out.
Remove all the rock and chase around the tank....
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The coke bottle trick has always worked wonders for me. It helps to not feed the tank for a day or two before and to use a piece of meaty food.

Funny part about the trick is that i used it at my LFS. They had a really nice dartfish they just couldn't catch in a tank full of LR. I was talking to the owner of the store about it and he said they even had it on reserve for someone. In the event they got it caught they were to call him so he could come pick it up. I told the owner i could catch it and he bet me 25% off my next fish purchase that i couldn't. I walked across the street, bought a bottle of water from the mini-mart, drank it down, whipped out my pocket knife and walked outta the store with a 25% off voucher for when i start to stock my tank.
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thanks I'm going to try that right away! I've never heard of that trick but it sounds like it should work, thank you
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to keep them from scattering you could use a head lamp (like a headband but with a flashlight on your forehead) the one I use to peak in all my tanks has night vision which is a red light and a regular light - with the night vision no one "runs" away. Either they can't see it or it doesn't bother them and you could ease the net in and just attempt to catch them. good luck!
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