Wrasse trapped in overflow

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  1. Kmsutows

    Kmsutows Well-Known Member

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    So tonight I realized I haven't noticed my flame wrasse and ended up finding her in my corner overflow... Any tips or ideas how to get her out safely? I know it was my 6line wrasses doing. I don't think I can wait until I set up my frag tank to rehome the sixline. My next tank will definitely have more accessible overflows!

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    Cherub Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    eek! a 6line would be in the sump asap if it were me. all you can do is stick a net down there. Maybe drain it as much as possible to make it easier
     
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    It would be but those darn things are impossible to catch!
     
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    The only way to catch a six line is a trap... or to empty the tank. They are bullet fast. I would drain the overflow as much as possible, then net it.
     
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    leahfiish Valuable Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor

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    When my crescent tail jumped inti the overflow, he jumped back into the tabk when I went to catch him. :rolleyes:
     
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    Kmsutows Well-Known Member

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    I wish to have your luck!
     
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  7. Carley

    Carley Active Member

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    My clown jumped in once. I just pulled the pipe and caught him with the sock lol he was perfectly fine.
     
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    4FordFamily Tang, Angel, & Wrasse Addict Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    I’d toss that six line in the sump they’re a disaster waiting to happen...
     
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    Kmsutows Well-Known Member

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    If only it were that easy! Lol
     
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    Fish traps —- I have one with a trap door tied to a fishing line. I turkey baste food in to the trap with the door open for several days. I leave it open so they get used to feeding near and inside it. Then, one day when the fish I want is getting comfortable, I’ll quickly release the trap door while it’s inside!

    Gotcha!
     
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    Good ole trusty box trap !
     
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  12. Airwarf

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    I installed a valve on my overflow drain for this exact situation. Just recently my diamond goby got in my overflow. I just took the overflow drain out and since I had the value nothing drained into the sump. Was able to net him pretty easily.

    You've also got a few wormy'z in there ;)
     
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    dwwataz nuttier than a squirrel turd R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor

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    Is a celebratory dance required or just recommended?
     
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    4FordFamily Tang, Angel, & Wrasse Addict Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    It’s mandatory! :)
     
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    This has happened twice to me. Once with a dottyback and once with a hogfish. Luckily, both are longer skinny fish so after many curse words and failed attempts with a net I just got my tubing I use for water changes and sucked them out into a bucket lol. Like a charm
     
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    Kmsutows Well-Known Member

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    Im tempted but my tubing is borderline too narrow for the flame wrasse
     
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    Grey Ghost Active Member Louisiana Reef Club

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    Try cutting a piece of 1” pvc and lay it horizontal in the overflow area if it’s wide enough on the bottom. Once the fish rests inside scoop the entire piece of pipe up with your net.
     
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    If those are removable dursos you can also pull the pipe out and the fish will go down with the water into the sump and then it's much easier to catch
     
  19. JoeIII

    JoeIII Well-Known Member R2R Supporter

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    Did this yesterday with one of my wrasses. I've probably done it a dozen times in the last few years
     
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