Urgent help needed Fish in overflow box

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  1. flamming angel

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    Hey reefers

    I have a serious problem. I have a baby clown (1.5cm) and a baby regal (3cm) who have managed to get into my overflow box. I need to get them out and have no idea how to. I do not have much space to work with as my bracing restricts me to do anything. the gap between the bracing and the end of the box is like 4cm. Please can someone advise me on ideas or solutions they mite have. Did anyone ever have this issue?

    Thanks ppl
     
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  3. 459b

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    How big is the overflow box?
    Cant you get a really small net in there to catch them?
     
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    overflow box is about 9cm at 90 degrees. i wont be able to get the net in there as i have a 50 pvc in there were the waters flows down into the sump.
     
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    Can you not remove part of the pipe?
     
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    thats the issue. inorder to get to the pipe i need to remove 2 sides of the bracing which i really dont want to do
     
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    Can you post a pic of the overflow?
    Maybe you should remove the bracing and alter it in a way that you can get into the overflow box. I doubt this will be the last time something swims in there.
     
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    this might be a bold move but might work

    it also happened to a friend of mine in richards bay. he has a overflow box shutoff valve located at the sump. He closed the valve and let the overflow box fill with water so his tang can get closer to the top

    Mayby that will work if you try to do the same

    Let us know
     
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    yeah dude you 100% correct. Will get a pic later today. I am thinking of putting some sort of mesh or egg crate to cover that space so that nothing big enuf can get in.
     
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    Cool man i will try that. Lucky i have a valve from that box.
     
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    Cool

    Keep us posted
     
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    if that does not work you can try getting a bit of small diamiter air pipe send it down the box if you can see the fish get the pipe next to the fish and suck on the pipe to create a vacuum and the fish sticks to the pipe but dont suck to hard just enough for the fish to stick on the end of the pipe but you must keep the vacuum on until you pull it out see if this helps
     
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    Flood the overflow as crazy tang said. It works. Get some overflow teeth from idol. easy to install and also easy to remove for cleaning. Bit pricey though but cheaper than losing a regal tang.
     
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    I have an slim overflow, it happen to me 3 times.
    Take your net, dismantel it, used the plastic rubber part put it at the end,
    Bend the wire to form a scoop/hook (plastic over the metal). Try to scoop
    The fish or try to get it down the pype to the sump.

    Good luck, will take a lot of patience...
     
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    GET 25mm TUBEING AND SUCH THEM OUT
     
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    Sorry suck them out
     
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    Happened to me, I blocked the overflow pipe so the overflow box flowed back into the tank, the fish got the idea and swam back in the tank. After that I installed DIY overflow teeth, really wouldn't wanna run a tank with them now, especially with over adventurous fish.
     
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    Be careful with such "teeth". Especially when they are long. Small regals tend to "park in" backwards and get sucked in. Happened to me once. Lost 3 regals in one night.
    Rather use a bigger mesh.
     
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    Okay so yesterday i had to remove my bracing and then managed to get the fish out. Havent yet silicone back the bracing, hoping to get some teeth or something first then put it back. Thanks to everyone for the advice and assistance.
     
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    I have some egg crate on the overflow. But small fish still manage to get in to the overflow box. Had to catch my new goby from there the other day, used a small 5cm size net
     
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