Aquarium Tips - How to easily catch small tropical fish

BIOHOME FILTER MEDIA, FILTER UPGRADE KITS AND FOAMS HERE: http://www.filterpro.co.uk By cutting the top third off a plastic 2 litre drinks bottle and pushing it back into the remainder of the bottle upside down, you have made an effective fish trap. I use this method all the time. Herd the fish into it or leave it baited for spooky types of fish. Once the fish enters the trap it is caught and can be removed without disturbing the plants and tank decor. The one in the video has the narrow part of the bottle removed also. Using this method of capture reduces stress, and allows you to do something else if it is left baited (remember to check regularly). **PLEASE NOTE I HAVE CLOSED TYNE VALLEY AQUATICS AND NOW SELL MEDIA FROM HOME ONLINE. COLLECTING MEDIA IS NO PROBLEM JUST RING OR EMAIL ANY TIME.** My phone number (Richard) 07772848730 My email address pondguru~@btinternet.com

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BIOHOME FILTER MEDIA, FILTER UPGRADE KITS AND FOAMS HERE: http://www.filterpro.co.uk By cutting the top third off a plastic 2 litre drinks bottle and pushing it back into the remainder of the bottle upside down, you have made an effective fish trap. I use this method all the time. Herd the fish into it or leave it baited for spooky types of fish. Once the fish enters the trap it is caught and can be removed without disturbing the plants and tank decor. The one in the video has the narrow part of the bottle removed also. Using this method of capture reduces stress, and allows you to do something else if it is left baited (remember to check regularly). **PLEASE NOTE I HAVE CLOSED TYNE VALLEY AQUATICS AND NOW SELL MEDIA FROM HOME ONLINE. COLLECTING MEDIA IS NO PROBLEM JUST RING OR EMAIL ANY TIME.** My phone number (Richard) 07772848730 My email address pondguru~@btinternet.com

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paul holdsworth
paul holdsworth - 4 years ago
Help me realize my fishy dream please take the time to look and if you can help thats amazing even if you just help me spread the word!

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Arden Tizzy
Arden Tizzy - 5 years ago
Catching easy fish , not all fish are that easy ...
iJustRich
iJustRich - 5 years ago
How have i not seen this yet?! i work in a petfood superstore that sells fish... definitely cutting a bottle in half when im next in haha
rko32491
rko32491 - 4 years ago
HAVE TO TRIED 2 NETS
leda marie
leda marie - 5 years ago
grab a large net and corner the fish in it, then use a small net to fish the little guy out,works every time.
Voeris
Voeris - 6 years ago
Ahh! So clever! This will be useful for taking my cardinals out of their quarantine tank. Thank you!
Pondguru
Pondguru - 6 years ago
This video goes into more detail: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCIThFbSO0c
David Rose
David Rose - 6 years ago
Mark Moore
Mark Moore - 6 years ago
this was the only way i could catch my small rainbows.... thanks for the video
Michael OConnor
Michael OConnor - 6 years ago
Great tip, top u tube channel, keep making these super videos please!
BigBadgers2001
BigBadgers2001 - 7 years ago
Had to watch that twice, as it was so brilliantly simple. Your like the pied piper of fish, lol.

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Fauzi Atan
Fauzi Atan - 7 years ago
Tysm pondguru..
Pondguru
Pondguru - 7 years ago
We normally just use the same bottle trap without the top part in and chase the larger fish in. Since they generally can't swim backwards they just sit there and you can list the bottle and fish out.
Fauzi Atan
Fauzi Atan - 7 years ago
This is gre8 idea.. thanx.. btw.. can you give a tip how to catch large fish without stress? Like short body tiger oscar.. snakehead.. rtc and alligator gar? Ty..
Pondguru
Pondguru - 7 years ago
No worries, man. Thanks for appreciating the video.
Pondguru
Pondguru - 7 years ago
Just guide that one particular fish toward the trap. Or use 2 nets.
Gavin Steiner
Gavin Steiner - 7 years ago
What if there's one specific fish I'm trying to catch out of 30? I'm trying desperately to catch a Chinese Algae Eater without stressing HIM, THEM or ME out! :-)
Nige
Nige - 7 years ago
What a cracking idea, thank-you very much. Have been trying to get some blue emperor tetras out of a Bio Orb tank into a bigger aquarium, you have saved me hours.
12Achilleas
12Achilleas - 7 years ago
Cool nice and helpful tip
Why
Why - 7 years ago
Can I see that in a 130 gallon lol seriously I couldn't for the life of me catch a neon tetra in my tank so hard to do in bigger tanks.
Pondguru
Pondguru - 7 years ago
No worries. Thanks for watching and appreciating the video.

20. comment for Aquarium Tips - How to easily catch small tropical fish

Leah Froehlich
Leah Froehlich - 7 years ago
You just saved me hours of catching guppies! Thank you!
Pondguru
Pondguru - 7 years ago
No worries. The simplest methods are often the best.
Daddycus
Daddycus - 7 years ago
This method would have saved me so much time last night when I was trying to catch my two Featherfin Synodontis. I managed to wreck my set up as almost everything had to be disturbed. I'm going home to collect the plastic bottles and keep them ready for next time. Excellent tip.
MrKzug
MrKzug - 7 years ago
email me via YT, we'll take the conversation out of the public view.
Pondguru
Pondguru - 7 years ago
There is a local university which has just got European funding to support inventors with patents etc. so I'm getting on the phone to them in next couple of days but any tips you have would be greatly appreciated, man. Thanks for the offer.
MrKzug
MrKzug - 7 years ago
Patenting an idea is extremely hard, and costly... For the US, you can use the "pat pending", which is free, but does not protect outside the US. EM me when / if you have a minute, I'll give you a shortcut or two.
Pondguru
Pondguru - 7 years ago
No worries, man. The funnel trap idea has been around for a very long timeThe simplest solutions are often the best. Wait until you see my new filter designs. Can't show videos until I get the idea protected and they are in production but I'm hoping it's something people around the world are going to want to have in their tank worldwide. Watch out for that one.
MrKzug
MrKzug - 7 years ago
Thumbs up! Very neat trick.
Pondguru
Pondguru - 8 years ago
No worries. I really should re-do this video with some explaination on as this one looks a bit tired now.
Daniel merrell
Daniel merrell - 8 years ago
best magic trick i've seen lol

30. comment for Aquarium Tips - How to easily catch small tropical fish

gtariman03
gtariman03 - 8 years ago
Thanks a lot. I bought kuhli loaches and I temporarily put them in my goldfish tank because my tropical tank is not yet cycled. It took me like 30 minutes to catch all of them. Now this will make everything easier.
Pondguru
Pondguru - 8 years ago
Still not sure what that is asking. I would remove all the water and thoroughly clean the tank if that is the purpose of emptying the tank. Wash the gravel in tap water if you like as long as you wash the filter in tank water you've drained to seperate bucket.
Pondguru
Pondguru - 8 years ago
I'd just catch all the fish and remove them to the bucket with the tank water in. It would pay to half empty the tank into the bucket first. Once the fish and water are out you can just clean the gravel as you like then put the tank back together, starting with the gravel then water and fish. Not sure what number 5 is asking though.
Pondguru
Pondguru - 8 years ago
To clean the gravel, just use a gravel cleaner. It will stir up and remove the muck along with some water allowing you to do a water change too. Not sure what you're asking in the last part, man.
Pondguru
Pondguru - 8 years ago
No worries, thanks for watching.
UK FISH KEEPER
UK FISH KEEPER - 8 years ago
That's a great tip, doesn't stress the little fish out at all, great Thank you !
Pondguru
Pondguru - 8 years ago
No worries. We do all orders and stock enquries over the phone on 01661844005. Thanks for watching.
joseph mccallum
joseph mccallum - 8 years ago
nice way to catch will defo use this and will be ordering some fish off you soon
ilya kiryuta
ilya kiryuta - 8 years ago
Just use a small hook
Pondguru
Pondguru - 9 years ago
No worries. Thanks for watching.
microiguana
microiguana - 9 years ago
@AwesomeAssassin1000 This is a fairly common problem of surface scum in the aquarium world. While what causes it is a whole other set of answers, the main cause of it is lack of surface disturbance. Simply putting in a bubbler will likely help or solve the problem. You might want to consider getting a protein skimmer, though it is probably not necessary. Anything to cause disturbance and motion to the surface of the water will do. In a big tank you might need multiple sources. hope this helps.
AquaMarine Crayon
AquaMarine Crayon - 9 years ago
Hi I'm looking for a more or less common species of tropical fish that are a bit smaller than neon tetras, about 1 inch, I can't remember any of the names, if some one that knows could tell me it would be much appreciated. Thanks
frogbeergolfgolf
frogbeergolfgolf - 9 years ago
Wait wait wait... I think I'm stupid.. Ok, someone explain to me how this works... If you put on the other portion of the bottle back into it how do the fish get in the back of the bottle and trap them?
GalaxyEspeon
GalaxyEspeon - 9 years ago
This is just brilliant! Thanks for the up load! I have 5 month old baby platy fish and I've worried when I have to clean the tank! :) Now I got a way to take them out safely!
Pondguru
Pondguru - 9 years ago
As long as it is removed, the source doesn't matter. Once it is gone it shouldn't come back.
Pondguru
Pondguru - 9 years ago
Sounds like organic matter coming out of the sand. Some sands will produce this. If you lay a sheet of newspaper over the surface it should pick it up. May need to do it a few times to catch all the floating muck.
GameFace49er
GameFace49er - 9 years ago
Thanks! Good idea!
AweSomo84
AweSomo84 - 9 years ago
@pondguru Seriously awesome idea i wish i know that ages ago! , i have a 1100 liter/300gallon tank and I HAD TO TAKE EVERYTHING OUT to catch 6 fish, I will try to find 10liter bottles or something similar to make something like you have. Need to catch fish soon again ,.. dmn babie cichlides every time!
Pondguru
Pondguru - 9 years ago
No worries, thanks for appreciating.
Oddgirl
Oddgirl - 9 years ago
I so totally love you for this! I need to catch 7 tiny tetras in a planted 55 gallon tank and I was NOT looking forward to it. Thanks!

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Brenda Hodgins
Brenda Hodgins - 9 years ago
Wonderful, you will have saved the pounding of many a little fishes heart. - Simple free solutions are always my favorite! xoxo
Staticrado
Staticrado - 9 years ago
Thanks
tavogus 87
tavogus 87 - 9 years ago
@Superthecod microsorum pteropus or java fern ;)
Pondguru
Pondguru - 9 years ago
No worries, thanks for appreciating.
Blunper
Blunper - 9 years ago
what a stupid thing to do... _Just catch the fishes with the net!
Pondguru
Pondguru - 9 years ago
Java fern - Microsorum pteropus.
Staticrado
Staticrado - 9 years ago
what is that plant in the tank\
Pondguru
Pondguru - 9 years ago
Good video. If you lived up north, you wouldn't want to go in the river without waders on as its too damn cold.
rubadux
rubadux - 9 years ago
Wow. I use the same trap pattern to catch minnows in a river. Only the water outlet holes are larger in the river type (see my video response: youtube.com/watch?v=LqhzhBrU6dE ). Now I see they are useful in an aquarium, too. I don't own one, but I'll go & tell my nephew who does. Thanks!
Pondguru
Pondguru - 9 years ago
The large entrancefunnels fish in and when they are in the bottle,there is only a small hole for them to get out of.
Pondguru
Pondguru - 9 years ago
Very good. The simple ideas are generally the best. Thanks for watching.
Pondguru
Pondguru - 9 years ago
No worries, thanks for appreciating.
twistingyou
twistingyou - 9 years ago
That is a fantastic idea, cheers for the new knowledge. My fish will be happy with their new food.
Pondguru
Pondguru - 9 years ago
It is a fish trap.
Pondguru
Pondguru - 9 years ago
No worries, man - thanks for appreciating.
lightman1969
lightman1969 - 9 years ago
Simple but quite effective indeed. Thanks for this tip...catching these little ones is going to be very easy and fun
Lachang Thao
Lachang Thao - 9 years ago
@pondguru No problem.
Pondguru
Pondguru - 9 years ago
No worries, thaks for appreciating.
Lachang Thao
Lachang Thao - 9 years ago
Thanks, now I wouldn't have a hard time catching my small fish's.
snip84
snip84 - 9 years ago
thats the plan....i need that to catch my sich yellowtail damsel. the little guys are preety fast, smart and i think they laugh at me when they see me with the net. couldnt catch anything till now :D
Saiju Jose
Saiju Jose - 9 years ago
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Pondguru
Pondguru - 10 years ago
No worries, thanks for watching.
Pondguru
Pondguru - 10 years ago
This creates the trap so they can't get out as easily.
Pondguru
Pondguru - 10 years ago
No worries, glad you appreciated it. Thanks for watching.
1989jimbob
1989jimbob - 10 years ago
haha great idea! ive to transport a small, skittish clown loach soon, this will do the trick nicely!!
Pondguru
Pondguru - 10 years ago
No worries, I am suprised that I've never seen this method used in other aquatic shops. I don't like to stress the fish. Thanks for watching.
Pondguru
Pondguru - 10 years ago
Baiting is the way to go in a heavily planted tank or a malawi tank with lots of rocks. Thanks for watching.
cubaniton74
cubaniton74 - 10 years ago
THAT'S BRILLIANT !!!!! The bottle could also be baited and left in the tank for a while and no chasing would be needed, but that is still BRILLIANT !!!!
Pondguru
Pondguru - 10 years ago
Thanks,man.
AViolentCobra
AViolentCobra - 10 years ago
@pondguru i fully agree, ignor what the others say, keep up the good work
Pondguru
Pondguru - 10 years ago
Some viewers don't see the worth in this method so thanks for being one of the people who think its a good idea. It allows us to have well planted tanks and still easily catch the fish without destroying the tank.
AViolentCobra
AViolentCobra - 10 years ago
O.o that...is...THE...most...brilliant...idea i have ever seen. you my good sir are a genius
glitterblunt
glitterblunt - 10 years ago
WOW, thats a good idea :]
Darren Cook
Darren Cook - 10 years ago
Good idea, sadly doesn't work as well for fry who like to hide in annoying places.
Pondguru
Pondguru - 10 years ago
Some people just can't see the value of this method but I'm glad you are one of the people who can. Thanks for watching.
Vadim Khan
Vadim Khan - 10 years ago
This is brilliant and simple. Thanks for the idea!
Pondguru
Pondguru - 10 years ago
Malawi/Tanganyikan cichlids what this method is really for. That and catching catfish which are spiny and would get stuck in the net. Thanks for watching.
MrEs47
MrEs47 - 10 years ago
ORRRRR you could use a net.
Pondguru
Pondguru - 10 years ago
Thanks for watching and appreciating. Some boneheads can't see the value in this method so I'm glad you think its a positive contribution to fishkeeping.
kitsunegari
kitsunegari - 10 years ago
this is genius. I bought a few danios for my mother's large aquarium for her birthday last year, and kept them in my aquarium until I could get them to hers. They were just awful to catch, little devils, and I felt so sorry for chasing them around and frightening them. Very elegant solution.
nicofish1000
nicofish1000 - 10 years ago
@pondguru yeah I throw some food on the surface and when they are all happily eating they dont realize the net is behind them.
Pondguru
Pondguru - 10 years ago
You've obviously never had Malawi cichlids in a rocky tank. Using this method at home you can bait the trap and check it periodically without pulling the tank to bits.
Pondguru
Pondguru - 10 years ago
You could try using a piece of drain pipe held down under a rock. When the fish goes in, put one of your hands over each end and lift it out of the tank. I used to catch trout in small streams like this.
Pondguru
Pondguru - 10 years ago
No worries. Thanks for the comment. I only just saw it today - 4 months after posting.
CemetaryGatesML
CemetaryGatesML - 10 years ago
heres my problem, i went to the store and bought a new net, its 8" across and 10" deep, its a big net, but i also got a big fish. so what happend waas that my fish blew right threw the net... fml.... i tryed the 2L bottle trick were you lay a bottle in the tank, wait till he swims in it the lift it via a string... as i lifted the bottle out od the tank... with that few 10" or so of dept room, he managed the jump out of the bottle and back into his tank. the second time , he bit the pull string
Pondguru
Pondguru - 10 years ago
It is very useful for catching malawi cichlids without destroying the tank. Thanks for watching.
abaneyone
abaneyone - 10 years ago
Wow! What a great idea. So simple yet so effective! I haven't even watched the video yet but you won me just by the description! I'm going to use this all the time I need to get fish out out of my 130 gallon tank. Thanks!!!
Marco Rivani
Marco Rivani - 11 years ago
noooo ma sei un genio
Ashraf Farid
Ashraf Farid - 11 years ago
If you are aiming for only two or three fishes or a specific species its easie this way. Also better way if you don't want too spook your fishes too much. Thats how the biggies get bonked beaks
RichyReef
RichyReef - 11 years ago
I should start pulling my hair out, its getting long, my beard too hahaha :P Razor and bottle trap will work :D

100. comment for Aquarium Tips - How to easily catch small tropical fish

Pondguru
Pondguru - 11 years ago
At least you use ONE net, man - being a pro. When two get used I pull my hair out and thats why I am nearly bald.
RichyReef
RichyReef - 11 years ago
It can be helpful but i don't use one, i know how to use a net carefully without spooking fish :D I have use this method for catching nasty snails, baiting it with vegetable matter like lettuce :) Same for shrimps but i used shrimp pellets, left the lid on and poked a small hole in the lid big enough for the shrimps to get in but not fish :) Leave it overnight and check in the morning :)
Megaman DOM
Megaman DOM - 11 years ago
just catch them with the fish net. whats the big deal
Pondguru
Pondguru - 11 years ago
No problem. Shame we couldn't make a huge version and herd the growing population people scum of England into it and dump them in the sea............
Pondguru
Pondguru - 11 years ago
It is simply made by cutting the top third off a 2 litre plastic bottle, turning it around and putting it back inside the large bottom part of the bottle. This creates a funnel that the fish can easily swim into, but not easily get out of.
TheDesertShadow
TheDesertShadow - 12 years ago
great idea next time i need to clean my tank i will use that method for gathering up my small fish. =)
Pondguru
Pondguru - 12 years ago
Yup, I cannot believe how long it takes some of those tools to catch fish. By the time they get it its heart rate is 6000 b.p.m. and half of its skin is missing from being scraped up the sides of the tank. Necessity is the mother of invention....
Beckie Boo
Beckie Boo - 12 years ago
hey this would save soo much time, ive sometimes waited 30 minutes for the poor assistants to catch the fish lol- great idea-thanks 4 sharing
Pondguru
Pondguru - 12 years ago
One star?? We must have some real experts at catching fish out there.Think its stupid? please read below.
Pondguru
Pondguru - 12 years ago
Did you read the description? This video was done in a tank where the trap wasn't really needed just to quickly illustrate fish going into the trap. Imagine trying to catch malawis in a tank at home with rocky caves and endless hiding places. Would you want to pull the display to bits? No, thought not. In a shop tank with loads of fish in, I agree it would be wasting time, but when you want to catch loaches etc. from a well set up aquarium without disturbing it, this method is invaluable.
Glosso Factory
Glosso Factory - 12 years ago
if u worked for me i would fire you for wasting time

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