DIY eel trap

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  1. Nad121

    Nad121 Member

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    I have a 240 gallon fowlr that came down with ich. I was able to catch all the fish in a trap with the exception of a small longnose hawkfish and my 2.5 foot zebra moray eel.
    I designed a trap to catch the eel. I cut a piece of 2 1/2" pvc to about 2 foot long and capped one end. I then drilled several small holes around the pipe to help the pipe stay at the bottom and to allow the odor of food inside to escape. Finally I drilled two holes on the top of the open end. I tied a piece of fishing line through the holes.
    I put some krill in the tube and lowered it in the tank. Within 5 minutes the eel found the opening and went in to get the food. I lifted the tube using the fishing line and pulled him right out and into a waiting bucket.
    I didn't have to move anything in my tank to catch him, which made it great!
    Has anyone else had success by other means? 20170413_192953.jpg 20170413_193015.jpg 20170413_193023.jpg 20170413_193043.jpg
     

  2. Engloid

    Engloid Well-Known Member VRJ Member

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    Nice work. I don't have an eel, but when I want to catch a fish, I just start feeding in a net for a few days. My fish will swarm all around a net if it's got food in it now. I occasionally get a fish that's a lot more stubborn. I have a one spot damsel that I can't catch. I think he just won't go around all the bigger fish that are feeding in the net.
     
  3. Nad121

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    Thank you....I'm going to have to try the net trick for this hawkfish. He's the last one left so I can go fallow.
     
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