Help to catch Yellowtail Damsels

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  1. King_Triton

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    Hey guys..

    Hope you all doing good.

    Wanted to some advice on catching 2 yellowtail damsels out of my tank without breaking my tanks down.

    These fish kept me going for hours with the net but no luck, they just dart into the rocks.

    Does anyone know an easier way to catch these?

    TIA guys.
     
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    using 2 glass panels, divide your tank in two. Should be high enough to prevent them from swimming over. And 2 panels are easier when you have euro bracing.

    Then you only need to take apart a section of your reef
     
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    Over the weekend we caught a flame angel in my tank using a fish trap my friend brought along. A simple glass box with a glass sliding door, door has a strip of silicone at bottom to cushion drop and long piece of gut attached to top, put food in box put into tank, hold the gut keeping door up so the fish can go into box for the food, when fish is in, drop door and done. Do not know if it'll work for these fish but really worked a charm with my flame angel, caught him in 15minutes and trap is really easy to construct, I unfortunately don't have a picture of the trap though, good luck
     
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    Try this fish trap. I built it myself & it works fantastically!!!
     
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    which trap Visser
     
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    Try keeping the net in the tank for a while so the fish gets used to the net in their surroundings.

    Then after a while switch off your lights till they settle down then try catching them.

    This all depends on the settup of your tank though.

    Also dont move the net too fast towards them try getting close to them and scoop them.

    Not a guaranteed method but worth a try.....

    Good luck
     
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    Thanks, will give it a try today, these fish seem cleverer than i thought. lol.

    @Visser, were you talking about the same trap Nadeem used?
     
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    Awesome trap man... well thought of.

    Well I read up about a bottle trap also.. so will give that a shot before making this box.. need to find that perspex in my garage... and also gotta allow proper curing time for glue/silicone. but will definitly make one of these for any issues in the future
     
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    Thanks bud, if you dont come right, you can always borrow mine for a day or 2...
     
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    Thanks mate :biggrin:.. Will see what I can do when I get home. keep you posted
     
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    I just use a fine fishing line with a tiny hook and a peice of squid on the tip of the hook and it works 90 percent of the time.Another not so nice way that works and the tank is not intefeared with is to force a long needle into a small length of around 8 mill in diameter of dowl-timber and follow above the fish and push down quickly,spear fishing in the aquarium.
     
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    Catching fish that way is akin to moering your children - patience and ingenuity are required, not duress!
     
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    :lol:

    Talk about extreme measures. Really wasn't planning on killing the little bugger. Would like to know how this worked out though. lol
     
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