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EdgarMedina1010 06-22-2006 02:54 PM

What is the best way to catch........
What is the best(fastest) way to catch a 1.5" pleco.......without buying anything......

HannahJ 06-22-2006 02:58 PM

Don't use a net on account of the pleco's spines. Likewise, I would not grab him with your hands. One thing you can do is get a cup and just try and scoop with up with that, if you're quick and the pleco is slow. If that doesn't work you can put a slice of zucchini (or some other squash) in the cup, wait until he swims in, and then nab him with it. I know some people will suggest putting a string through the mouth of the cup so you can just jerk it up when he goes in to give him no time to escape.

I hope that helped. Good luck catching your pleco, they can be a pain regarding that.

hulkamaniac 06-22-2006 03:07 PM

Pop bottle. Cut the top off and put food inside. When he goes in, grab the bottle and lift it out.

tropicfishman 06-22-2006 03:17 PM

ice cream bucket, someone on here posted about this cool trap, he took a plastic ice cream jug with a handle and lid, cut a small hole near the middle of the jug an placed a couple algea wafers in it, then turned out the lights and waited for the pleco to go in, oncew it was in there he just lifted the jug out pleco, water and all

imrandome1 06-22-2006 04:27 PM

Wooops iv always used a net, glad i sore this, he seems okay with it though so i never thought twice about it.

hc8719 06-23-2006 07:48 PM

i use nets on my pleco, but then again, acording to this site im a "fish newbie"

hey what if they called us "fry" instead... no? okay.

tropicfishman 06-23-2006 08:46 PM

and work yourself up to an arapiamas gigas

MattAquaBio 06-24-2006 12:51 AM

a big clear ziplock freezer bag. You might get your arms a little wet but they swim into it pretty readily.

tropicfishman 06-24-2006 01:07 AM

the ziploc bag I might just try on the plecos I'm gettin ready to get rid of

EdgarMedina1010 06-24-2006 01:20 AM

'ziploc bag' ....dont they leak?

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