I'm desperately needing to remove my angel from my tank. Sadly she's taken to nipping at my Favia's and looks as if she took a small bite out of my Acro. I don't want to tear up my tank to get her out. Does anyone have a tried and true DIY fish trap that I could make to catch her?
Fish for it! Really. I removed a 3" domino damsel this way.
Perhaps you know a fly tier or have a fly shop nearby? Gander Mtn is in Marquette... Ask for a size 32 fly - it's TINY. The hook's point might have a barb that can easily be squashed flat with tweezers. That will be better for the fish.
Sewing thread can find it's way into the eye of that hook - with some struggle and some luck. But that fly tier might have some 7x line to make it easier.
Just remember to use tiny bait - that all has to fit in his mouth. Keep the tweezers handy, as you will need them to remove the hook.
I should add - strip all the feathers and thread off the hook. Then, bait it with something like a chunk of frozen food. I used a piece of clam from a local sushi joint. Clam meat is kinda tough and stayed on the hook well. It only took a couple minutes, and I had some yummy mirugai after!
I take a clar plastic 1 liter soda pop or drinking water bottle, or larger if its a bigger fish, and cut the neck off just large enough the fish can swim through. I then cut down a little further where the neck flares out the size the main body of the bottle, invert that piece so it sticks into the bottle backwards and glue it in place.
I then tie a length of monofilament fishing line to a hole I punch in the lip of the bottle long enough I can pull on it from a distance so I don't have to scare the fish.
Stick their favorite food or snack in the bottle and go fishing. I have removed even the most stubborn fish in this manner although you may trap a few others first along the way.
I'm a huge fan of the fish bottle method also. However, I don't glue the top on the bottle. I just invert it, and in it goes with some food in it. That way it's easy to take the top back off once the fish goes in.
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