Trapping baby plecos - my method

  1. Junne

    Junne Fishlore Legend Member

    Trapping baby pleco's so they can go to the lfs. These were born in my QT tank on 2/17/16.

    I have about 45 + left and the first 15 or so that I caught to give to friends was a nightmare ( with a net )

    I don't know why I didn't think of this before! I load a small water bottle with algae wafers, etc and wait.
    After getting some in the bottle, I put them in a breeder net I have set up in the main tank for holding purposes.

    I have been able to get about at least 10 every time with this method so it may take me a few days. Got to make sure no baby RCS get in there.


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  2. aliray

    aliray Fishlore VIP Member

    "Build a better mouse trap and they will come!" Smart thinking and a lot less stress on you and the fish. Alison:;hi1
     
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    Junne

    Junne Fishlore Legend Member

    I have no idea why I didn't think of this before!!!! These little guys were a nightmare to try and catch, thats for sure! Hoping to save someone else the headache! When they were half the size, I used a turkey baster and that worked but VERY tedious for sure! LOL - they are such pigs that even if they swim out, the food stays inside the bottle so I think my tank will stay cleaner!
     
  4. JFreshwater

    JFreshwater Valued Member Member

    I've heard of this method being used to get rid of pest snails as well. Nice thinking!
     
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    Junne

    Junne Fishlore Legend Member

    I used to use it frequently to get pest snails ;) - I haven't had any pest snails now for over 2 years! :)


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  6. aliray

    aliray Fishlore VIP Member

    Does it work for the little MTS snails as well and if so what did you bait it with?. Alison
     
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    Junne

    Junne Fishlore Legend Member

    Yes! I usually used algae wafers ( they seem to like that more than lettuce, zucchini, etc ) or shrimp pellets ( the shrimp pellets usually crumble and float out too easily ) whereas the algae wafers kept their form and didn't float out.
     
  8. aliray

    aliray Fishlore VIP Member

    I might have to try that. Thanks to my plecos I just happen to have algea wafers. Alison:;hi2
     
  9. OP
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    Junne

    Junne Fishlore Legend Member

    This morning, while the trap had about 10 or so occupants, I decided to feed the shrimp ( shrimp pellets ) on the opposite side of the tank - well I guess the pleco's have a very keen sense of smell and they abandoned the trap ( with uneaten algae wafers still inside ) and decided that the shrimp pellets are more tasty. :rolleyes:

    So it looks like I may just load it up with shrimp pellets for the next round......
     
  10. aliray

    aliray Fishlore VIP Member

    Well at least you had them for a little while. :pAlison
     
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    Junne

    Junne Fishlore Legend Member

    Well after they ate up all my my baby shrimp's pellets, they went back in the bottle to get the wafers :mad:

    Well now I know what to load the bottle with............ LOL

    Funny thing is, I usually drop the shrimp pellets on the moss because the pleco's usually don't go in the moss - apparently they have found creative ways though to get what they want.
     
  12. Wendigoblue

    Wendigoblue Well Known Member Member

    They are cuties! Congrats on the babies and nice work on the trap!
     
  13. OP
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    Junne

    Junne Fishlore Legend Member

    The plecos are getting confused ( well some of them ) with the clear bottle.
    I am finding that some are on the OUTSIDE of the bottle, scrubbing away and "trying" to eat the zucchini thats floating on the INSIDE! lol - they are all on the side with the zucchini so I know they see it!
     
  14. BlackNotebookTanks

    BlackNotebookTanks Well Known Member Member

    Oh my god this is adorable
     
  15. OP
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    Junne

    Junne Fishlore Legend Member

    Thank you - Love your nano tank in your profile :)
     
  16. OP
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    Junne

    Junne Fishlore Legend Member

    All my baby plecos ( with the exception of 3 that I am saving for a friend ) have been successfully delivered to the lfs yesterday. Now my QT tank looks empty but with about 50 + baby RCS.

    I hope they can keep this tank cycled......................

    I just bought a 10 gallon in the hopes of using it as a new QT tank since this one is pretty much going to be for shrimp now! LOL
     
  17. Pastel.Fish.

    Pastel.Fish. Valued Member Member

    Awe they're cute!
     
  18. g

    g25racer Valued Member Member

    Great tip! Will be doing it in a few weeks once my babies get a little bigger. I will likely transfer them to a separate tank to try and keep breeding down. But yes I am breeding BN on purpose for resale/donation. They are just too cute