How Do I Transfer Fish Too Big To Catch

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So I'm upgrading a tank this week, but some of the fish are either too big to net, or can't be caught with a net. The ones too big are a ~10" pleco and two full grown angelfish. The ones I can't use a net for are some pictus catfish; I'm probably going to try and scoop them into a cup, but I'm open to ideas. How should I get the pleco and angels out though?
 

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nikm128 said:
So I'm upgrading a tank this week, but some of the fish are either too big to net, or can't be caught with a net. The ones too big are a ~10 pleco and two full grown angelfish. The ones I can't use a net for are some pictus catfish; I'm probably going to try and scoop them into a cup, but I'm open to ideas. How should I get the pleco and angels out though?
The angels should be able to be caught in a bigger net. Depending on the pleco, you may be able to corral it with a big net and then grab it by hand.
 
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Would it harm the pleco to wear a rubber glove? It's a common with spines all over his back so I don't think it would be a great idea to just grab him
 

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Would it harm the pleco to wear a rubber glove? It's a common with spines all over his back so I don't think it would be a great idea to just grab him
The rubber glove won't hurt anything, just make sure it isn't powdered and hasnt been used with anything.
 

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Fair warning. Thin rubber gloves will not help. The thick ones for dish washing might. I still have a scar from wrestling my common out of tank. Lol
 
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david1978 said:
Fair warning. Thin rubber gloves will not help. The thick ones for dish washing might. I still have a scar from wrestling my common out of tank. Lol
That's what I was planning on using
 

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maybe a larger net from the Sports and Outdoor store, or a colander, or storage container/large tupperware. remove the decor and drain some of the water.
 

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Get a really big net. Hold the back end of it across. So its taut. Then just scoop the fish out of the water. A large colander would also work very well. Drain enough of the water so that they're barely in water, there should be a fin or two sticking out. A lot easier to catch that way.
 
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Thanks! I'll see which one of those is easier to do.
david1978 how was the temper of the common you moved? Mine is usually really calm but obviously fish don't like being grabbed and taken out of the water. Basically I'm worried he might get too fired up and thrash so hard he hurts himself of makes me lose my grip
 
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Also does anyone know of a better way to catch pictus than using a cup?
 

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Also does anyone know of a better way to catch pictus than using a cup?
You could bait them into a container like a large bottle if they will fit into it. Just make sure its plastic so you don't have to pour them out the small part, you can just cut it off.
 
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That could work, I'll try replacing their favorite hiding spots with something like that so they hopefully swim in and I can just pull it out
 

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The pacu, use a pillow case. The angels use a 10" high quality fine mesh net. The pictus the cup or tubberware sounds good. If you can't get them that way, a very course high quality net. My be you can rent one from the LFS
 
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I'm not sure yet. I do have a full week to figure out what I'm doing to move them so I have plenty of time for suggestions
 

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If you have any large mason jars or similar item you could put food in and sink it. Make a fish trap basically
 

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Mine was calm till I got a hold of him. I think the key is once you have a hold don't let go. Let it calm down then pull it from the tank. For pictus and fish with barbs I used to have a big pickle jar. But any gallon picture would work the same way.
 
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Hey guys, this transfer is about to end in disaster if I can't figure something out fast. If you could take a look at this thread Question - What Filter Should I Add I would greatly appreciate it. The issue is mentioned on the second page of the thread
 

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