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How to Build a Simple DIY Fish Trap

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This article describes how to make your own do it yourself aquarium fish trap. These diy fish trap plans will take you step-by-step through the process of building this project. This fish trap is invaluable for catching aquarium pests or fish that are difficult to net.Aquarium Fish Trap


Skill Level: Low to Medium


Items and tools needed:

  • 1 length of PVC pipe
  • 1 matching PVC end cap
  • Some sturdy string or rope
  • A drill
  • A 1/2 inch drill bit
  • Sand paper
  • PVC cement (If needed)


Project Completion Time: 45 Minutes

Step-by-step Instructions

  1. Determine the diameter of PVC pipe to use. The diameter should be large enough to allow the specimens you will be capturing to enter and turn around easily.
  2. Determine the length of PVC pipe needed. The PVC pipe should be cut at a length that allows it to be manuvered in the tank easily, but it also much be at least twice the length of the specimen to be captured.
  3. Cut the PVC pipe to the proper length
  4. Begin drilling 1/2 inch holes into the PVC pipe that are evenly spaced down the length of the PVC pipe. Leave the last third of the PVC pipe undrilled. This will allow the specimen to remain in a pool of water once the trap is removed from the tank.
  5. Make sure to smooth all of the holes smooth with sandpaper
  6. Attach an appropriate sized cap on the end of the trap that is not drilled. If the cap fits snugly, you can leave it unglued. Otherwise, use PVC cement to ensure the cap stays on the trap.
  7. Tie a sturdy length of twine, rope or string to the other end of the trap. One of the drilled holes can be used to tie to string to.


Directions for Use

  • Lay the trap on it's side on the bottom of the aquarium. Make sure to keep the rope outside of the aquarium.
  • Leave the trap in the aquarium until the specimen you are trying to capture gets comfortable with the trap's presence.
  • Wait for the specimen to enter the trap and then pull the trap out of the aquarium quickly by using the rope or string.
  • If the specimen does not enter the trap, you can try to bait it with food.

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