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Does anyone know how to catch a Siamese Algae eater without disrupting the tank plants etc.

I had 4 of these fish and was advised to return them to the lfs. I caught 3 of them without problems, but the last one just disappears into the plants as soon as it sees me coming near the tank. Its about 8 cm long now and need to be caught.

Just done a big water change as I am away for a week so any ideas for when I get back would be most helpful.

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Hi Jeff

I had thought about that, but all the tall plants fall down and that makes it even more difficult.

I have quite a lot of plants in the tank now and they grow quite fast so I guess I could cut them back even further.

I had thought about making a snail trap using a plastic bottle. What do you think?

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It was after I posted the question that thought of a snail trap.

I will give it a try when I get home next week.

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Lowering the water level is a must pretty much. I get away with emptying my tank by 95% to capture fish or when I need a serious water change. I use R/O water though. Anyways less water helps Otherwise it could take all day. Its the only one left and it is completely scared. I remember when I had to catch my two. They can move when they want to. Like little missiles darting thru the water. I sent mine off to a lfs as well. I didn't like what they were becoming in my tank. Lazy and bullies.
 

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Good luck - lol! I had the same issue with a Chinese Algae Eater sold to me by a chain pet store before I did adequate research and was still a newbie to the hobby. It, of course, started growing rapidly then took to grazing slime off the sides of other fish and getting way too aggressive. I finally did catch him.

I've since been told that SAE's are much better community oriented fish and have one who's been peacefully co-existing for about 6 weeks. I'm curious why you were advised to remove yours?
 

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Apparently they get to big and are messy. However I have just returned home and tried the bottle trap idea.

I cut off the top and inverted it inte the bottle put a bit of food in and within five minutes I had nearly every fish trapped in it, except the SAE. They were getting very stressed so hade to take it out.

I will reduce the water level next and try that way.

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That's what I thought Jeff, If you want to catch all the fish a big 2 ltr bottle wood be good.
By the way one of my platty's died, I think its the female, but on the other hand a baby platty has arrived.
My wife spotted the fry after she scooped the dead one out last week while I was away.

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