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well so my yellow lab is holding. first time for her but *** had another hold twice

and i was NOT looking forward to catching her and putting her in a 10g

so tonight i decided to try and get her while she is "sleeping"

IT WORKED! took about 5 min and i didnt even tare apart my tank!

..so about 11 more days and i should have some more babies...great! =/
 

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I'll have to try that method in the future... I have just assume that when i have to catch a fish, the others get their rocks rearranged and the gravel under them vaccuumed.

Oh, and congrat.s on the babies to be... We will need pictures of course! :popcorn:
 
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Sometimes my fish manage to still evade me at night, so what I sometimes do is try and get the holding female on one side of the tank away from the rocks, usually tricking her with food works, and divide the tank up with egg crate. It makes it a lot easier, especially when the female sometimes tries and swims through the holes (I already know she won't fit), so it makes her an easy target with the net.
 

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My holding females dont really care about food, I do as whisperer does and make it the time to rearrange and clean.
 

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We cut a piece of black acrylic plastic so it would fit inside and across the tank. We used it to corral the fish to one end so we wouldn't end up chasing them the length of the tank. We also lowered the water level so it wasn't easy for them to get above the net.

:wink: Of course, in the process we also end up with rocks rearranged and the gravel under them vacuuumed and a water change.
 

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yea i was shocked how quickly i got her. i think i tipped over one plant .lol

but maybe today ill do a good cleaning anyways..haha but i wont have the stress of trying to get a fish out
 

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I did the stealth method the other day. I'd gotten a new, red, long-handled net. (Red is difficult for them to see?) and I put it in the tank up against some rocks in a "high traffic" area. Everyone swam by it unconcerned except the one fish I was looking for. It took about 15 mintues, but eventually he, too, swam right in front of it and swoosh. He was caught. There was zero chasing and zero rock removal. I was very happy!
 

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I wish everytime I had to remove one from our main tank, it would have been as easy as the last. No joke less then a minute. I put the net in and she swam right in, as if to say get me the **** outta here. I hate to pull my tank apart. To much stess, but a great time to clean as mentioned above.
 

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I bought a big fish net from the bait store and rinsed it in tap water real good. I think I could catch every fish in my tank at the same time if i tried. I can usually catch the holding female within a minute works very well
 

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I suppose I should add that the stealth method is not working with my p. acei, who must be much smarter than the lab I caught with that method. The acei KNOWS I'm gunning for him. How do they know? Every other fish in the tank will basically swim right by the net, including the syno's, except the one I'm after. Pretty funny. I've been trying to catch the acei for months, just because he's a solo acei and going to be too big eventually. He is a lovely, lovely looking fish and doesn't bother anyone so it's not vital that he be gone. Clearly he intends to stay! :)
 
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