Helpful tip when netting Cichlids.

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Nick G

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When trying to net a Cichlid from a 75gal tank, remove all rocks, plants, ornaments, heaters and filter intakes and outlets before starting. This will save you the two and a half hours you will otherwise spend attemping to catch the fish, all the time deluding yourself that completely stripping the tank will not be necessary just to catch ONE fish. Much cursing and shouting at said fish will thus also be avoided.
 

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Thanks Nick! lol

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Netting fish is always an exercise in frustration
 

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Thanks Nick, great thread! I had to do this with my zebra danios... It still took half an hour to get 4
 

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Nick Goody said:
When trying to net a Cichlid from a 75gal tank, remove all rocks, plants, ornaments, heaters and filter intakes and outlets before starting. This will save you the two and a half hours you will otherwise spend attemping to catch the fish, all the time deluding yourself that completely stripping the tank will not be necessary just to catch ONE fish. Much cursing and shouting at said fish will thus also be avoided.
 

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Now you tell me, lol.

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Hows your blood pressure Nick? LOL
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I thought you just hit with a net til they dont move then net. lol. Wait you mean the fish store was wrong, now i know why they died. Rolls eyes.

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Another thing that may be helpful is try and move fish on water change day.
Along with taking everything out like Nick said now you have also taking out some of the water. I do 50-80% changes on my tanks so this is very helpful when catching fish because in some cases there isn't much water left making it very easy.


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thats great, but when you have a cichlid tank and a couple hundred pounds of rock no such luck lol. I will prolly be pulling my hair out.
 

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Come on catching cichlids on a rock aquascape isn't bad.
 

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Well, Nick, since you've practiced, I have about 10-15 Malawi that would love your help moving to a 55 gallon from a 90 gallon.

The babies we got from Navy have decided they want their own tank
 

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bolivianbaby said:
Well, Nick, since you've practiced, I have about 10-15 Malawi that would love your help moving to a 55 gallon from a 90 gallon.

The babies we got from Navy have decided they want their own tank
ops: not my fault.
 

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Well, one thing that helps me is to grab that largest net I have (12 inch) to use as a blockade. If the fish runs from net #1 it usually ends up in net #2.
 
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