Tip of the Day – 11/21/2013

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Nets are such a commonly used tool to capture fish out of aquariums, but in reality, these are actually very damaging to the fish. The mesh material often gets caught on the fish’s fins, gill plates, and mouth, and pretty much the only way to free it is to carefully pull on it until it is released. To get by these issues, we recommend to not use a net, but that’s obviously easier said than done. Whenever possible, use fish traps to capture the fish and small specimen containers for transportation. We also recommend that you avoid touching fish with your bare hands, as it could also be stressful to the fish. It should be noted that nets with extremely fine mesh, as in holes so tiny that you can’t easily see them, are much better to use.

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  • Openuris

    What is it with people picking up fish for pictures all the time. I don’t see it as much in SW but still do. Discus and pleco’s seem to be the worst. I’ve seen so many pictures of breeders holding their stock for a photo. I realize they might be trying to convey the size of the fish, but seriously, just stop.