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RE: catching fish with plastic bottle trap-fish die
Robin Saunders Ryan wrote:
"I just want to add that this works great for SAE. I just did it two
days ago and caught the SAE within 5 minutes. Unfortunately, I took
them out, then left the trap in overnight to see if the bleeding heart
tetras would fall for it. When I woke up, I had the following in it:
1 clown loach,
1 spotted cory cat
2 cherry barbs
1 bushy nosed pleco
All were DEAD! presumably from lack of oxygen?? It was a 2 liter
So, the trap works well, but please watch it - don't leave it overnight
like I did. Also, it doesn't work so well for bleeding heart tetras.
Good advice under any circumstances. However, I have used a pint size
version of an inverted top bottle trap and caught numerous fish
including SAEs, platies, cories, and small rainbows -- very often
overnight -- and never had one show any signs of injury. I'm not
bragging -- just lucky I guess. Often there were three or four fish in
bottle by morning and I didn't have a change to release them until
later in the day.
Also a bully in the bottle could be disasterous for any others sharing
If water quality is a problems, perforations might help if one doesn't
leave jagged edges around the perforations. Perfs will help only if
the bottle is in a current.
Very little bait is needed in this kind of trap. I generally used one
pellet of dried food. This was too large to be eaten by the first fish
into the bottle.
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