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Old 02-15-2012, 06:02 PM   #1 
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How does your fish handle being netted?

I get that no fish really *likes* being netted, but mine really seems to hate it. He goes pale and instead of swimming around as usual he floats there and sulks at me. He gets over it in a few minutes, but he still seems a bit extreme about it.

I try to avoid netting - use cups whenever possible and gently tip things instead of any kind of pouring action. I use drip acclimation, and I have a soft brine shrimp net, so it shouldn't be hurting him. Is there something else I can be doing?

He's in a 5gal normally, so I can usually leave him in the aquarium for water changes. Right now he's in QT though, and I've decided it's easier to siphon water in and out at the same time (and do an ~95% water change) than try to net him in there.
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Old 02-15-2012, 06:12 PM   #2 
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well, mine twitch in the nets and then i let the net in the water and they swim back into it instead of out of it.... bipolar?
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Old 02-15-2012, 06:30 PM   #3 
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One of my neons plays dead until he's released. And then he's perfectly fine!
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Old 02-15-2012, 06:33 PM   #4 
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Dragonfly is really still... mind you he's hard to catch!
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Old 02-15-2012, 06:36 PM   #5 
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Yeah, actually, I can't catch mine in the net unless the water level is super low - I have to pour him into it.

And I could sneak up on my other fish with a cup, but this guy is too fast. I've been bribing him with food and I expect I will convince him to swim into the cup on his own soon.
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Old 02-15-2012, 06:49 PM   #6 
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I don't use nets as they tend to be more stressful, and can very easily damage their fins and their slime coating.. ideally using the cups they come in are easier and less stressful then being chased by a net-

Wait until they come to the surface, or trick them using the tip of your clean finger just at the surface, or a piece of food dropped in.. when they are at the top, quickly dip in the cup to let the suction of the water entering the cup pull them into the cup. Sometimes it takes a couple tries, but eventually you will get them.
You can also use larger cups to get them if you think the small cup they came in is too hard/small for you to do it. I use a clean peanut butter plastic container on the ones who have become wise to my tricks and jump out of the cup- so I use it with a larger opening to catch them in.

Just a suggestion.
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Old 02-15-2012, 07:00 PM   #7 
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I usually have to chase Jericho down.....he's quite the escape artist. But, the thing he hates the most is that little cup!!! He just glares at me after he has left the net and finds out that he's in the cup.
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Old 02-18-2012, 02:36 AM   #8 
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I've heard of keepers who have actually trained their fish to swim into their cup. Or they'll lure them in with food.

I can't do that. But with slow patient technique, I can sort of witch them into swimming into the cup. It's a little like cornering chickens, only slower and more graceful...and in 3D. Takes the right kind of Zen-like attitude, too, I find.

Practice might help. I don't know. I just discovered this and, as seldom as I do this, I guess it'll take years to get good at it.
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Old 02-18-2012, 09:13 AM   #9 
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More like a quick hand.. have the cup ready at the surface and as soon as they are at the top- dip the cup in next to them quickly and 8/10 times you are quick enough and the suction of the cup going into the water will snatch them up.
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Old 02-18-2012, 09:45 AM   #10 
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i dont really put him in the net...i have a cup on the other side of the tank and use the net to chase him into the cup lol
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