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post #1 of 30 Old 01-13-2010, 04:50 PM Thread Starter
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Red face Ahhhhhh what a day

so today was the d-day for the CAE & Serpae Tetra to move out (for the new stock)

Anyone ever tried catching 2 CAE in either a 55 or the 45g? Or 4 Serpae Tetra out of the 45g for that matter?

No you hadn't well lemme fill ya in.....It all started at 11AM

Clever as I am I got out 2 big nets and a smaller 1, with the thought using 2 big nets to chase them to the other tank side and scoop them up with the smaller net - Sounds cool don't it?

It didn't work

I tried this approach until about 1230 - At this point I had ONE Serpae caught - woooottttt

What I should also mention, both tanks are by now heavily planted - Well actually lemme rephrase that the WERE until the 3 nets entered the game

At around 1'ish I came to the *smart* solution that this is NOT going to cut it, not in 1 day anyway....so the remaining plants were pulled up and ALL taken out

Another 30mins later I had all fish outta all tanks caught and ready to hit the LFS.

When I returned I figured heck all plants are out already (EXCEPT a whole of 2 Swords lol) so I may as well do my w/c now and vac the spots I normally can't get to.
Said and done, refilled tanks, started planting it all neat again and trim all plants while I was at it

Ahhhhh all done pretty....upsy why's there a BIG OLE DW on my office floor still nooo that's why I was able to space out the plants in the 55g so nicely, I forgot the DW....so AGAIN I replanted and added the DW....scoot lights in PLACE and DONE....ARG why are the lights so far up now - Arg DW is sticking out too far; take DW out, shuffle gravel, put DW in place without squishing plants around it again

DONE at almost 4PM

Dang I want a cigarette and a good cup coffee now - Who would have thought 4 CAE & 4 Serpae Tetra can keep me busy almost ALL DAY and my poor hands been in the water all day too.
Oh and yea when I was done, I was also lucky enough to sweep the floors, since I managed to get them *slightly* wet

Puh I'm DONEEEEE

PS What surprised me positively thou I added 1 Corkscrew Vallis around Christmas, I already have well over a dozen runners there ~YAY~ but my 55g is seriously FULL with plants now; unless I start attaching runners to the DW now, there's no room to go anywhere any more

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post #2 of 30 Old 01-13-2010, 05:21 PM
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Urgh, I hear you. Zebra danios have almost had me in tears before trying to catch them. I finally got a plastic pitcher (like for drinks) and was able to chase them in there and get them out. Only took me an hour of frustration to come up with that strategy

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post #3 of 30 Old 01-13-2010, 05:25 PM
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Urgh, I hear you. Zebra danios have almost had me in tears before trying to catch them. I finally got a plastic pitcher (like for drinks) and was able to chase them in there and get them out. Only took me an hour of frustration to come up with that strategy
LOL, I have one lone zebra danio swimming around in my display tank. He'll be there until the day he dies as I'm not about to break down the tank to catch him. He looks rather silly in there, surrounded by big fish.

Angel079, I'm glad you had a productive day!

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post #4 of 30 Old 01-13-2010, 05:26 PM
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Doesn't work for every species, but you can try making fish traps. Take a regular clear water bottle. Cut the top 1/3rd of the bottle off. Unscrew the lid and insert the bottle top into the rest of the bottle lid-side down. Stick some of your fish's favorite food in there and submerge it. The fish will smell the food and swim through the hole to get to it but due to the shape they won't be able to figure out how to escape (not quickly, anyway).

I've used this method to catch krib fry before when I didn't feel like pulling all of the decor out of the tank.

Kym, that danio is still in there?!?!?! I can't believe the pictus hasn't eaten him by now, haha.

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Sounds like you had a blast lol
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post #6 of 30 Old 01-13-2010, 05:49 PM
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Kym, that danio is still in there?!?!?! I can't believe the pictus hasn't eaten him by now, haha.
I know! My pictus is HUGE now. When he opens his mouth to eat it's quite the sight. I don't know how the danio has managed to evade him. He's the danio that just won't die. LOL

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post #7 of 30 Old 01-13-2010, 06:17 PM
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what a day!!! reminds me of my saturday when i swapped all my gravel and rescaped my whole tank....i had to catch 5 serpae tetras and a bunch of neon tetras....it was hell....I could think of worse days though.....

btw, did anyone else notice the other "JohnnyD" on the forum......???? wth??? haha
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btw, did anyone else notice the other "JohnnyD" on the forum......???? wth??? haha
I saw his thread and thought, "JohnnyD is setting up a S/W??" It took me a sec to realize that there are now two of you! LOL

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post #9 of 30 Old 01-13-2010, 06:25 PM
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I'm only allowed to dream and drool at S/W tanks....I know next to nothing about them and will not have the room for one until we buy a house!

on a brighter side, I found some cheap driftwood and it's on it's way!!!

I'm updating my plant build as we speak...
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post #10 of 30 Old 01-13-2010, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
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Well the Rummy or Cory where all right in the net's.....just that I didn't need THEM in there

@iamntbatman Yea I do the bottle approach with Shrimps for yrs now, works great but these darn CAE are sooooo, I caught dozen Danio's before out of a 55g tank and that was way less hassle in comparison

@mrdemin - OH yea TOTALLY let me tell ya.....thank god we lve in dry country or I'd have stopped for a drink

@aunt kymmie Lucky son of a gun right there I'd call him Smarty

@JohnnyD44 - What do you mean there's 2 of you here now

On the up side its sooo nice watching the Rummys swim in their lil group in peace now (they're only 4 right now but also getting stocked up, couldn't find more first time around)
And my Albion Cory - I donno if they go ahold of some crack today or WHAT since I took them CAE out and reworked the plants they're ALL OVER the place darting through the tank left to right darting up top and dart down, they're like a white FLASH in the tank now.....Hyperactive~They have it
But boy I'll need to think about them plants there in the 45g. They're taking OVER no joke. The 55g is full but at least there's still some room to grow UP, but the 45g is FULL

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