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Old 05-28-2010, 11:44 AM   #1
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My false perc clown had found his way into the overflow

Here it is: My false perc clown had found his way into the overflow of my 90 gallon. How in the heck do I get him out? Since the plumbing is in the way, it's really hard to get to him. I was thinking about disconnecting the pipes from the bottom so that I could remove them on top. But then it dawned on that the water would drain immediately with a clown possibly falling through or getting stuck in the overflow without a way for me to really reach him.

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Old 05-28-2010, 12:37 PM   #2
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can you not get your hands down in there? seems like the overflow I used to have had enough room for my hand (and i have big hands) to get in there and get stuff out
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Old 05-28-2010, 05:29 PM   #3
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The overflow would be large enough for me to stick my hands (or a fish net) down if the inflow and outflow pipes weren't so big.
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Old 05-28-2010, 08:27 PM   #5
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Can't you siphon the guy back out through with some kind of gravel vac ?? The tubing is plenty big (if your clown is smaller) for it to work.
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I think he's too big for the siphon I have. Since I can't really fit anything between the pipes back there, I might have to just take one of the pipes out and let the water and the clown drain into a bucket below the tank...or would he risk injury by doing this?
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Look at it this way...He will die if you don't get him out!
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Old 06-03-2010, 08:08 PM   #8
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Just a quick update: I got him out! I ended up having to take out the pipes from the overflow since I couldn't fit anything down there from the top. I just put a net where the hole was and pulled the pipe out quickly to let the water drain. The fish fell into the net and I quickly transferred him into the tank.
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I've had this problem a couple of times, though never with anything as large as clownfish. I generally used a turkey baster or piece of tubing to remove the water down to where the fish can't really get anywhere. I then use two small nets; 1 to herd and 1 to catch it. It once took mee 3 days to get a flasher wrasse out. It carpet surfed a couple of months later.
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I have the top of the overflow covered now. Oh yeah, I also found a hermit crab down there as well, lol.
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