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Re: Catching SAEs

Dave said, for at least the third time:

> I've posted at least three times on this, but here goes again:
> Buy one of those cheapo net breeder/fish isolator things that hangs
> to the 
> side of the tank with those bendable metal clips. $2.99 at PetSmart.
> Thread a 
> piece of fishing line through the two holes in the top piece of the
> frame the 
> two metal clips attach to and tie the end to form a loop. Leave
> several feet 
> of fishing line hanging out of the tank. Weigh the net breeder down
> with a 
> few pebbles and sink it to the bottom of the tank, open side up. Sink
> some 
> food in it and wait. You will have more fish in there in a few
> minutes than 
> you know what to do with, including your SAEs. When you want to catch
> them 
> just pull up on the fishing line. The fish want to escape by swimming
> side to 
> side. They don't swim up. I caught three big, fat, lazy SAEs in my
> 125 this 
> way, and have cleared entire planted tanks of fish using this method.
> It 
> helps if you don't feed them for a day before, but even that is not
> necessary.
> Best way to catch fish in a planted tank I have found.
> I tied a couple stainles steel nuts to the bottom part of the frame
> to sink 
> it with instead of pebbles because I use it fairly regularly, but
> either way 

I'm glad you went to the trouble to post it again.  I don't recall
seeing this before (which, unfortunately, doesn't mean I haven't seen
it before) and it's an ingenious way to avoid a lot of the waiting time
involved with using a bottle trap.

Scott H.

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