How to Build a Simple DIY Fish Trap

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:


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.


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