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PostSubject: DISASTER AVERTED!!! :D   Tue Nov 09, 2010 1:53 am

Ok so today I was doing a water change, I always use a pipe for this (gravity does the work to remove 200ish litres in like 10 minutes)

As you all know it sucks water into the pipe at a decent speed...

and today a knifefish (slim thing that it is) got sucked into the pipe Shocked

I thought it might get washed down the drain but thankfully no- it was at the border Shocked

had to get a newspaper to pick it up as it was flapping around so much [this is the wrongest thing i could have done as a fishkeeper because it practically sucks the moisture out of their skin/scales]

it was depressed in the tank for a couple of minutes and then went back to normal Smile

so a bit of advice to all- when your fish is out of the tank, don't use paper or cloth to pick it up!
and put a bit of covering on the pipe if you're using one to replace water!
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PostSubject: Re: DISASTER AVERTED!!! :D   Tue Nov 09, 2010 1:01 pm

the best cloth to use is a bar towel

soak it in tank water first then pick fish up

or simple saok your hands and grab the escapee Very Happy

When i syphoon into the sink - the pipe goes into a bowl thats in the sink - it catches any gravel or stray fish whilst the water overflows the bowl and still goes down sink along with fish poop and lighter junk Smile
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PostSubject: Re: DISASTER AVERTED!!! :D   Tue Nov 09, 2010 7:19 pm

This pipe is pretty big so the water's fast enough to blast a fish out of any bowl

oh and i was trying to grab the fish in my hands, but couldn't, it just flapped hard and flew off somewhere everytime I tried. I could probably use my hands on a goldfish or something. Razz
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PostSubject: Re: DISASTER AVERTED!!! :D   Tue Nov 09, 2010 10:14 pm

I do similar to Rich, have the water flowing into a largeish bucket so anything that gets sucked up lands in there first.

Lucky fish you have there k Smile

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PostSubject: Re: DISASTER AVERTED!!! :D   Wed Nov 10, 2010 10:59 am

well k - i used to do a lot of fishingso im used to handling big fish

biggest i had to handle was a 24lb pike
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PostSubject: Re: DISASTER AVERTED!!! :D   Wed Nov 10, 2010 7:59 pm

Now that's big Smile

I have no problem at all with the bigger ones, only with the small ones (or extra thin ones)

As of now the knives are just three to four inches so they're still pretty thin and difficult to pick up- you just can't seem to get a grip :|
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