fish the easy way.
Lois and Max Gallade Published in the Apisto-GramVol.18 No.1 Issue
# 70 March 2001.
I would like to reiterate an old fish catching trick for all of you
that have problems catching fry or adult fish, out of a heavily planted
tank - the old soda/H20 bottle trick:Take an old plastic soda/H20
bottle and cut off the top just below the shoulder of the bottle,
the cut off part should resemble a funnel.
cut the funnel in a way that it will fit snugly into the bottom bottle
part.Invert the funnel part back into the bottle. Next, drill a hole
into the bottle part with a small drill bit(1-1.5mm), to let excess
air out of the trap when it is in the water. Place the trap in the
tank water and let it fill. Drop some of your fish's favorite food
in the trap, (live food such as BBS or worms work best), as the movement
of the bait really gets the fish's attention.
Tip: I use my wife's turkey baster to insert the bait into the trap
when its in the water. You can then place the trap on the bottom of
the tank to catch bottom feeding fish or on driftwood, plants, etc.,
to catch midlevel feeding fish. I recommend not feeding your fish
for at least a day before any attempts of catching them. I believe
this method is less stressful for the fish than netting them. I can
catch a whole school of hungry Apisto juveniles out of a heavily planted
tank of any size in 15 minutes with this method.
leave my Apisto offsprings with the parents until they reach what
my wife calls "the teenage stage." That's when they start to get a
little bit rowdy and the parents start to chase them away. By that
time they are around 60 days old,and it is time to get the old soda/H20
bottle out. Note:Be very careful when opening the trap, especially
when you caught fry. Make sure that no fry get caught between the
funnel and bottle part of the trap. I accidentally killed two A.eunotus
fry that way. It won't happen again, I just wait until all the fry
settle. They naturally try to escape towards the bottom of the bottle.
Got him.This guy went straight into my 75g upstairs. It works very
well on adult Apistogrammas too. I had to catch a male A.agassizi
this morning to make room for new arrivals. I just put some frozen
BS in the trap, and placed it right in front of his territory.It only
took the time it takes to drink a cup of coffee, and I caught him
together with a A.bitaeniata female. Unfortunately, he slipt out of
the trap when I tried to release the A.bitaeniata female, and I had
to start all over again. Of course he was pretty scared and didn't
show himself again for about half an hour. I just left the trap in
the tank while I was getting ready for work, and voila I caught him
again.So much about Apistogramma memory.
took less then a minute to catch these two A.nijsseni juveniles.
about your fish's behavior and their favorite hangouts by just simply
watching them for a few minutes a day, and I guarantee you that you
will catch any fish in your tank with this method. Or if you prefer,
you can even use fishing floats attached to the trap and let the trap
float in any level of your tank. You can experiment with various bottle
sizes and mouth openings, depending on the size of fish you want to
pictures show A.nijsseni juveniles being trapped for their move to
the growout tank.
you very much for posting this article on your site.
It worked great for me.
K. Bowers 04/28/01