Creative ways to get fish out of corner overflow

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  1. linus.chan

    linus.chan Active Member

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    In the past i have had fish jump into the corner overflow on occasion, but usually within a week they usually escape back into the DT.

    This time, my pintail wrasse has been in there for quite some time, and i am looking for any creative ways to get him out.

    I know there is the pull the standpipe method, i am just worried he won't make it into the pipe, and i don' have a good way to reach to the bottom of the corner overflow. (It is awkwardly placed). I have heard about sand/marbles into the corner overflow, but that would permanently reduce volume, and i am not sure i want to do that.

    I know i am reaching here, but just thought i would check.
     
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    Greybeard Valuable Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor

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    The marbles thing works... and you can remove them afterwards... but if you can't get into the corner, well, that'd make it more than a bit inconvenient :)

    Can you remove the weir going into the overflow? Give him some room, maybe he'll get out on his own?

    Once you've got him out, a bit of plastic canvas or screen would seem to be in order, see if you can keep 'em from going in there again.
     
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    cFloor Active Member R2R Supporter

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    I usually drain most of the overflow so there's less water for the fish to swim around in. With a net, its usually pretty easy to catch them.
     
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    If you use sand, I'd think you could siphon it back out once the fish is out.
     
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    How big is the wrasse?

    I have used a tube to siphon a smaller fish out before.
     
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    saltyhog Valuable Member R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award Partner Member 2018

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    Rev's slurp gun method! LOL
     
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    HAHA! Yes a slurp gun!!
     
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    I would say draining the water would be best and a tiny net unless it's big. I also am intrigued by the marble method. Out of curiosity, is your tank covered?
     
  10. Humphrey

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    I’ve taken the water down so low by siphoning the overflow I was able to reach my hand down there and carefully gab them (once a rosey headed wrass and once a six line). Not a good plan with a foxface obviously.
     
  11. linus.chan

    linus.chan Active Member

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    my tank is covered, i will try the small nets- the fish is about 2 inches long
     
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    JoeIII Well-Known Member R2R Supporter

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    I pull the standpipe, then scoop water into the overflow with a cup until they go down.
    It seems it takes two trips down the overflow for a new wrasse to learn better than to jump in there for us.
     
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