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willieturnip 09-08-2009 10:44 AM

Urgent! Fish stuck in filter! Help asap!
My Jack Dempsey has jumped into my juwel 60's filter (the side with the filter media).

He is on his side, just about submerged.

No idea how to get him out, there's no room to grab him out with my hands or a net aside from skewering him.


Rohland 09-08-2009 10:47 AM

dump him out?

willieturnip 09-08-2009 10:49 AM

Can you elaborate a bit? The filter is fixed and the tank is far to heavy to lift..

willieturnip 09-08-2009 10:55 AM


Twistersmom 09-08-2009 10:56 AM

Can you remove the media? Maybe with the media removed, you will have more room to grab hold of him.

willieturnip 09-08-2009 10:57 AM

He's on top of all the media. Filling the entire space. I'm surprised he even fit in there in all honesty!

1077 09-08-2009 11:09 AM

I am thinking this filter has to come apart otherwise how would you clean impeller and or replace media? How is it attached to the aquarium?

willieturnip 09-08-2009 11:11 AM

It's siliconed in.

To clean the media, you pull it up and out (it's in a sort of cage). The fish is on top of that.

To get the pump out, you have to pull the media out, then the pump.

Essentially, if the fish was in any other part of the tank it would be ok.

fighttest 09-08-2009 11:57 AM

try your luck

1077 09-08-2009 12:04 PM

Might try a pair of tongs used for salads or for removing hot dogs from grill.

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