Message Forums

faq | etiquette | register | my account | search | mailbox
# Message Forums
L# Marine Aquaria
 L# General Marine
  L# how to catch fish
 Post Reply  New Topic
Subscribehow to catch fish
Posts: 50
Kudos: 23
Votes: 2
Registered: 08-Nov-2006
male canada
hello all
was just looking for some tips on how to catch some fish from my saltwater tank...
i got some troublesome blue damsels, and the tank is 90 gallons and full of live rock. they hide in the rock, and i dont want to rip the tank apart.
any thoughts would be great.
Post InfoPosted 08-Jun-2010 01:35Profile PM Edit Report 
Small Fry
Posts: 5
Kudos: 7
Votes: 8
Registered: 07-Apr-2010
male puertorico us-florida
Make them come to you catch them while your feeding them
Post InfoPosted 09-Jun-2010 01:15Profile PM Edit Delete Report 
Posts: 50
Kudos: 23
Votes: 2
Registered: 08-Nov-2006
male canada
Yea thanks for suggestion.
But already tried, there to quik and smart
for that.
Just thinking is there any kinds of traps
I can make or buy. Any home made ideas
out there
Post InfoPosted 09-Jun-2010 20:01Profile PM Edit Delete Report 
DeletedPosted 09-Jun-2010 20:01
This post has been deleted
Small Fry with Ketchup
Posts: 6833
Kudos: 8324
Votes: 1570
Registered: 17-Apr-2003
female australia us-maryland
EditedEdited 10-Jun-2010 05:15
Not sure if the same applies to SW as fw, but for the real fast ones it's always a little easier if you go after them after lights out.

I've also found if you leave the net in for a bit then come back, the fish have had a chance to get used to it and don't rush away quite as much.

Good luck.


Post InfoPosted 10-Jun-2010 05:12Profile Homepage AIM MSN PM Edit Delete Report 
Fish Master
Posts: 1616
Kudos: 239
Votes: 0
Registered: 20-May-2002
female usa
Any fish in a SW tank is going to a nasty bugger to catch. Period. If your rock is easily moved, put it into a retaining tank. This will give the little monsters nothing to hide in or under. Drain at least half your tank. This makes less water for them to escape in. Now you are thinking, I am sure, "WOW! That is a LOT of work!" You would be right. In my local fish store there is a 90 with blue damsels listed as not for sale. I asked them once why not, because they were very pretty and I wanted them in the worst way. They are not for sale because they cannot catch them. It is easier to just have them in a display tank and lose money than to tear their tank apart.

I guess the question really becomes how badly do you want the bad-tempered buggers out? If it isn't as badly as you think, you will have to arrange that tank around them, and they are kind of like Hitler. No matter the size of their territory, more is always a good thing. In SW tanks you quickly learn how important research is. Fish are pretty, but can be genuine pains in the hind parts without proper knowledge.

Babel has a good idea, when you don't have rockwork. The problem with having large piles of rock is that they kind of 'nest' in it . If they do make traps (don't think they do, but it's been awhile) you can find them on
Post InfoPosted 15-Jun-2010 21:25Profile Homepage MSN PM Edit Delete Report 
Small Fry
Posts: 1
Kudos: 0
Votes: 0
Registered: 13-Oct-2014
Yes, I know better now. They were very helpful with everything else so I didn't think they were just trying to make a buck.

Post InfoPosted 13-Oct-2014 11:33Profile PM Edit Delete Report 
Old Fish Nut
Small Fry
Posts: 0
Kudos: 0
Votes: 1
Registered: 04-Oct-2014
male usa us-indiana
Post InfoPosted 13-Oct-2014 14:01Profile Homepage PM Edit Delete Report 
Small Fry
Posts: 1
Kudos: 1
Votes: 0
Registered: 11-Dec-2017
male usa us-california
You can do that while feeding them.
Post InfoPosted 18-Dec-2017 07:50Profile PM Edit Delete Report 
Post Reply  New Topic
Jump to: 

The views expressed on this page are the implied opinions of their respective authors.
Under no circumstances do the comments on this page represent the opinions of the staff of Forums, version 11.0
Mazeguy Smilies