catching larger tangs in a well established tank

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  1. mnd123

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    Hi all,

    I am trying to catch my tangs to sell them, but I cannot do it! They are too damned wily and see me coming with a net and food a mile off - Sailfin hides immediately and regal just slots himself twixt 2 rocks.

    They are too big for a bottle trap (10cm each) and I cannot take my rockwork down as I have coral on every rock.

    Ideas please?

    Ta

    Marc
     
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    Marc...off topic as I have no idea on how to catch large tangs...still battling to catch a baby snowflake eel :p But if you are going to seel I'll be interested in the sailfin
     
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    Sorry Frans - both sold already thus why I want to catch the bastards
     
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    No probs dude..good luck ...if you find the mojo, let me know.....already lost 1 hermit to the eel !
     
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    Lol, every time I put in a fish in I dread that it turns out to be a terror and I'll have to ever catch it... Impossible in an SPS dominated tank...
     
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    Your best bet would be a purpose built fishtrap, but that is also 50/50.
     
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    Following this thread as I have a 15cm regal tang and foxface that need to go. If I so much as touch the lid of the tank, the fish are all outa sight. I've been told that the only way to catch the fish would be to drain the tank. This is possible but the fish would still be stuck in the rockwork somewhere.
     
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    I am moving to a larger tank in the next 2-3 months, but until then I am not draining ort moving rocks - too much disruption to an established tank
     
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    this may take some time, and i know time is the isue here but you could make a cave from rocks and pratly putty. then you would have a place where the fish can "hide" . then simply take out the cave with the fish in. you would need to leave the cave in the tank for a few days though.
     
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    I agree, that's why I still have the fish.
    Why would it choose a new, small cave over its preferred old caves?
     
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    you will have to take all your rock work out your tank to catch your fish
    good luck
     
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    :welcometomasa2:Mitchel

    It's not really an option with some of our tanks. I'm sure someone is gonna think out of the box and come up with a brilliant plan.
     
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    Hook, line and sinker?
     
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    Welcome Mitchel

    Nup - I have softies, LPS and SPS on every single rock, and there is NO way I am taking them out at this point - I will do that when I move to my bigger tank
     
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    Thought about it and discarded it - these are my babies

    When I want to catch fish I use a fly ;)
     
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    did you try to put food in the net and when the fish swims in the net you trap him inside:thumbup:
     
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    Tried that - left the net in the tank for hours - and for those hours the tangs hid, damn them
     
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    you have got very clever tangs:p
     
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    Maybe you can try using two nets and just standing and waiting with the nets in the aquarium and if the tangs come out when they feel safer you can trap them... I know it's not the best option but Idid it in one of my freshwater setups with malawi's that were hiding in caves in the rockwork so thats my way of catching fish...
     
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    good luck mate
     
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