How Do I Catch a Flame Angel

Discussion in 'Fish and Invertebrates' started by Reef Keeper, Oct 15, 2009.

  1. aalhait

    aalhait Guest


    Do not buy the Foster and Smith trap... I have all traps sold by them including the GLASS one made exactly what northbayreefer has.

    So I have 3 traps and none work like my DIY version.

    All you need is patience and creativity in food baiting...

    I take it he nips at your corals... Since I can see you have baskets around them. Why not place one of the corals he nips at inside the trap???

    Or better yet... Just leave the trap closed in the tank for a couple of days to get the fish adjusted to it *and think it's normal to have there... Then bait it in 2 days (after starving them) and they will all end up in it!
  2. Reef Keeper

    Reef Keeper Supporting Member

    Sounds like sage advise. H) I'm still interested in the tube feeding component of your fish catcher system too. If you have a photo of it feel free to post it when you get a chance. Tried one coral in the trap that was pushed over the edge by the FA, so not interested in losing any others. I like the idea of leaving it close and letting them get use to it.

    Thank you, :)
  3. Reef Keeper

    Reef Keeper Supporting Member

    I had a feeling you might be in S.R.. I'll keep at it for the meantime. Thank you for the kind offer.

    I wouldn't mind coming up sometime to check out your rock work that you've been doing, so maybe sometime when I feel like taking my Voyager out for a day trip and you're up for a visit we can coordinate something.

    I'll keep you posted.

    Thanks for following this thread and keeping me in the loop. ;)

  4. yardartist

    yardartist Guest

    I hope this angel is not chewing on your corals while you are working to get it out. I tried a little half-heartedly to get a mandarin out for its own good. It was fat coming into my tank and had dropped way down. In the interim it has become well proportioned again and will be a long term guest. I feel for you trying to get it out and not stir up everything or worst case move all the rock around.
  5. kinetic

    kinetic Webmaster

    keep it up joel, patience will definitely work... eventually ;)

    I tried to catch my flame angel for about 3 years, only way I did it was when I emptied out my tank =X
  6. Reef Keeper

    Reef Keeper Supporting Member

    I hear you loud and clear. I've been considering draining too, though I don't think I'll wait 3 years to do so. I have a couple of other ideas too, but probably will get around to draining it soon if they don't pan out.

    Not sure what "=x" means (?).

    Thanks for following along and posting me back. Much appreciated.

    Happy Reefing,
  7. screebo

    screebo Supporting Member

    I love fish but I still eat them. I'd send in a miniature free diver in there with a micro-hawaiian sling......just like the old days! :cool:
  8. aalhait

    aalhait Guest

    Have you been starving the fish?

    You need to starve them (No food whatsoever!)

    Introduce the food only via the Trap! Just place it in there and have them come in and out one by one... The Flame Devil is bound to get hungry!

    Oh and =x means... Well :x is user lips are sealed...

    And :-X bow tie - X-( User just died

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  9. Reef Keeper

    Reef Keeper Supporting Member

    Unfortunately for the other fish: Yes (going on my 3rd day tomorrow). The flame angel started to take some interest today, but did not go in, but is going closer and closer to it. Tomorrow may be the day.

    Thx for the clarification on the =X and links. Also, thank you for following my post and checking in with me as you have. Very much appreciated. Congrats, again, on your new acquisition/aquasition.

  10. Reef Keeper

    Reef Keeper Supporting Member

    I'm not sure how I missed your post yesterday (?).

    I like the "Old days." 8)

    That sounds a fantastical idea. Any suggestions where I can find a nano diver? I was thinking about a RC (radio control) underwater toy such as a submarine to flush it out. That's just crazy talk. This seems like a safe Club to go crazy in. Well, if this is the worst of it, I'm not that bad off.

    Thanks for following my post/s and offering some suggestions too. Much appreciated. I thought about making a micro - hawaiian sling. Really. I like the hawaiian special prawn spear too. Just kidding, or am I. Yea, I am.

  11. blazedapurp

    blazedapurp Guest

    what r u going to be doing with the flame after u catch it? if ur looking to sell it let me know.
  12. Reef Keeper

    Reef Keeper Supporting Member

    I had planned to trade it withsome one, but I might be interested in speaking with you before hand. It's about four inches, has great color and does eat flake food and mysis besides cleaning off the live rock of copepods (which is why it is making it difficult to trap it).

    The only thing is that I am having a heck of a time trapping it, so if you don't mind waiting I'll get back to you. :)

    Thank you for following my post and responding.

    Happy Reefing,
    Reef Keeper
  13. tuberider

    tuberider Guest

    Depth charge? It works for submarines :D
  14. blazedapurp

    blazedapurp Guest

    yea thats fine im in no rush. how long have u had him and do u know if hes reef safe?
  15. aalhait

    aalhait Guest

    he's NOT reef safe... That's why Joel is trying to catch the little devil.

    :tired: |(
  16. i have a couple m80 fire's work.i saw it with my own eyes.i use a hand grenade when i was in cambodia back in 78 in a lake.i have a enought fishes to feed a village with just one grenade .It's seem like all the big fishes float to the top,i never the little one tho.hmmm How big is your flame angel again?:)

  17. Reef Keeper

    Reef Keeper Supporting Member

    LOL For some reason, I think I'm supposed to take this seriously. It seems to wild to not to be true. Thanks for your post.
  18. yardartist

    yardartist Guest

  19. Reef Keeper

    Reef Keeper Supporting Member

    Thank you Richard; and thank you for taking the journey with me in this saga of woe and happiness.

    Happy Reefing,
  20. Reef Keeper

    Reef Keeper Supporting Member

    Will do.

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