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Thread: How do you get a catfish out of a log?!

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    Question How do you get a catfish out of a log?!

    I have a 4" Platydoras costatus (Raphael/talking catfish)- I was taking everything out of my 125 g to add all new rocks...I have two fake twisted tree things that have numerous holes - he goes from one to the other at the other end of the tank during the night...so, I pull one log out of the water and I hear a flish flipping around inside. So I put it back under the water and shook it upside down, around, set it down, rattled it..

    He wouldn't come out!! I had to put my tank back together with the darn plastic branch left in there.

    What do I do? or does he own that log and I'm SOL?

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    whenever i had a fish stuck in something i would lift it up out the water and back down again creating a fast current over and over again and eventually whoever was being stubborn got splashed out of the ornament.
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    I didn't think of that. So maybe I could have held it in front of one of my Koralia pumps too- at 600 gph, there is a strong flow up close. I just didn't want to hurt it but I wasn't about to touch it..plus if I heard it "talk" I'd probably drop the darn thing on the floor! Well, he won the battle - he's got his plastic home for now...I don't even want to think about rearranging things again. Whew, that was a lot of work.

    Thanks.

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    %@##$ Catfish!!! Last night I wanted to finally get thetwisted plastic logs out. There are two in the tank so I looked through the holes, shook it and shook it again out of water...nothing, so it had to be under a rock somewhere. The logs went on the floor and 20-30 minutes I removed every rock in my tank! NOWHERE!! Then I freaked out and put the logs back in the water...that sucker was in one of the logs!! Well it was still alive!...So I followed your suggestion and I also shook it...the tail was dangling out and I thought it was dead...Nope...that sucker was alive and holding on to the sides of the log!! I touched it and the white stripes were prickley...it flared it's body and held on!...30 minutes later I finally forced it out with a spoon and the handle end of a butter knife!

    Unreal...that guy won't get anymore logs to live in!

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    yeah i've had that happen to me before its unbelievable how they get stuck in there. i had one stuck in a rock for days when i finally pulled him out i wasn't sure if i was gonna rip him in half or get him out! but he was fine.

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    I couldn't get myself to pull on him after I touched him once...spikey and slippery...not fun. How did you actually hold on to it?

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    Pulling him from a log is nearly impossible. Wait until lights out (they are nocturnal) and feed some good food like bloodworms. You may have to wait a little bit but it will come out to feed eventually, remove the logs when it eating. Do this during the day will be useless. I never see mine during the day, always at night. BTW, I have had a Rapheal last 3 days out of the water in a log. My friend thought I bought a frog b/c it was croaking. He picked up the driftwood and inside was a raphael.

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    lol - Unbelievable - 3 days! ...and I felt bad for 20 minutes that I almost killed him! Thanks for the advice...live and learn...next time, it will be lights out!
    Actually..unless he can cling to a regular rock, there is no other place for him to keep himself. I've learned my lesson!

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    How do you get a catfish out of a log...
    I don't know why this struck me as so funny...I guess it's just cos it sounds like the beginning to a really bad joke!

    Glad you got your fishy out, at any rate!

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    my guy really wasnt too slippery but hes was pretty prickly. i was just determined to get him out. in hind site i should of left him be

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    sorry didn't mean to laugh but it turned out to be a funny thread.
    i just had an upside down cat try to commit suicide by way of filter intake tube while he was in temporary tank luckily i was standing right next to the tank doing something else when he did it i ended up pulling him out with pliers he's back in his 55 now.
    Why are all my hobbies so @#$%&*! expensive!?!?

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    lol - sure laugh at our misery...a pliers huh? Didn't that hurt your poor catfish...but I suppose, better than the alternative!

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    honest it was the only way!
    Why are all my hobbies so @#$%&*! expensive!?!?

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    hahahaa, nice job, my catfish got stuck on the filter, had to get the poor thing out... (place lotsa plants there so it won't happen agian)
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