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Old 02-28-2005, 10:06 AM   #1
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I have a new 450g FOWLR setup and I was hoping that I would not have to think about removing any livestock for a while. Well, that is not the case, as I am faced with the need to remove a Green Chromis.

The tank on its cabinet is about 6' tall. The tank itself is 36" deep. There is 380 lbs. of lr. I tried using a net to catch the sich Chromis but I can tell this is going to be impossible.

Are there commercially available traps available that work? I do not have time to make a trap.

Please let me know your experiences with off-the-shelf products.

Thanks,
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This is a salwater question and you posted it in a freshwater forum. But to answer your question, I haven't seen any type of trap that will catch fish. The only thing that I've seen is a good ol old fashion net. You could try getting a larger net (12 inch).
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My experience with most creatures is if you can put the net in the water gently & sort of let it drift in front of the animal & then reach down & scare them from behind they will often dash into the net. If the animal is hiding in the rocks . . . Will it come out for food??
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He'll come out for food but he is so darn aware of my presence as soon as I get near the top of the tank he goes into the rocks.
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There are commercially sold traps for catching specific critters, but most of them are geared towards catching shrimp, worms and other things you might not want in your reef tank. I dont know how well they work for catching a fish, but I would think you might be able to catch a Chromis in a Mantis Trap...if he is small enough.
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Old 02-28-2005, 12:04 PM   #8
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I find chromis are especially easy to catch after lights out. Just come at them from behind if using a net. They have very poor night vision.

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Thanks for the advice, but no matter how hard I try I am not able to catch them. The top of my tank is 6' high and it has large ovals cut outs on top which give me access to the tank. There is just too much lr and room for the little guys to get away. I can't come from behind to catch them. I may pay to have a local aquarium guy come help me so i can see his technique. Thanks again...

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450 gallon 8O May i suggest some scoba gear! (JK) Unfortunateily i can offer no help, but good luck.

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