How to catch skunk loaches

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    Hi, I have a problem and I need advice please: my 4 skunk loaches are nipping the fins of my glass cats badly. In fact, so badly that I think one is about to die as the top part of the tail has been nipped to the spine. (I am treating the aquarium with medicine to prevent infection).

    HOW DO I CATCH THESE BLIGHTERS???

    My tank is heavily planted.

    I have considered removing the plants and draining most of the water,but I am concerned of the nitrites shooting sky high if I were to fiddle with the ecosystem I have taken so much care to set up.

    Please advise?

    Richard
     
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    Hi Richard

    Try building a trap for the fish. It will take some time and may be frustrating but not as frustrating as tearing down your tank.

    What you can do is, take a 2 liter coke bottle cut it open just above the coke label. Then turn the neck around and put it inside the bottle, secure it in place. Put a little bit of bottom feeding tablets in it and sink it in your tank.

    You may catch the wrong fish but eventually you will catch the loaches.

    HTH
     
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    rather go buy a marine fish trap--- much easier :D
     
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    I bought a "snail trap" from Panorama - they suggested it. So far I have caught 1.
     
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    I will try the coke bottle too. (thanks)
     
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    Well, I managed to catch all four the skunk loaches. Eventually.

    As you know, I have a HEAVILY planted aquarium, which I did not want to break down. I starved the inhabitants, and then tried various methods.

    I tried the inverted-bottle-neck method, and also tried putting a large 5L water bottle in the aquarium (both with food in of course!), but only caught kuhli and java loaches (Remember this for one day....). I even managed to catch the overweight, extremely crafty, Stoffel. All but the skunk loaches.

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    I even made a trap using a net and a piece of string "“ this obviously did not work, but I was desperate by that time!
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    Nico from Panorama pet shop suggested I try using a snail trap. I must confess that I was skeptical, but realized that I had nothing to lose, so I bought it.

    This is how it works: there are spacers that one can either leave in or out, which is determined by the size of whatever it is you wish to catch. (I left every second one out). Then you put food inside the red bait holder and wait.

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    When the fish swims in to get the food, he swims past the black, one-way levers, can’t swim out again, and he’s caught. This does not work on all fish though as the kuhli and java loaches were going back and forth as though these were swinging doors.

    Sitting fishing for anything between 1 and 5 hours at a time, I eventually caught the skunk loaches. I managed to catch loach 1 after 2 hours on the first day. I set up a semi-quarantine tank in a 25L bucket with heater and power head. Loach 2 took a bit longer, and I caught him on day 4. The fifth day, I caught the 3rd one, and saw that one had died. Must’ve been the stress.

    The weekend saw Jacobus and I fishing for about 5 hours "“ to no avail.
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    In the meantime, I was dreaming of catching skunk loaches, tanks bursting, etc. It was very frustrating.

    I decided to close all but one of the slots on the one side of the trap so as to limit the places for the last skunk to escape from and on day 7,   #4 actually went into the trap. However, as I lifted it out, she escaped (definitely a female) as she was thinner than the other 3 had been.

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    On day 8, I asked God to help. (Should’ve done this long ago!) I got a brainwave and closed all gaps on the trap except one. Within ½ hour, she had gone in, and I quickly whipped the trap out. VIOLA! All 4 caught. That night I slept peacefully, and I don’t HAVE TO rescape.


    And that, my fiends, is how you catch a skunk loach!
     
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    You could really have just bought a fish trap....
     
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    I have personally used the AquaMedic one a few times. works great!

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    Hey Richard...

    That's perceverance for you - I would have given up ages ago.
     
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    The pic of the 2 of them sitting in front of the tank is just a classic. :slp:
     
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    Henk: thanks for the info. I wasn't ignoring you but had already bought the snail trap by that time. I have stored this info for next (hope not!) time.

    Cameron, yes, it was on Sunday and we sat eating peanut butter sarmies and coffee for lunch too! hahaha!!
     

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