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As some who know me, I have been dealing with large piranhas 12 inches to 17 inches for the past 10 years or so and I/ve tried various methods of getting them out of the tanks and into other tanks or just for moving them elsewhere. I have found my latest method to be the least difficult for me and the fish. This especially applies to moving this 17 inch rhom around. Have the tank prepared to be able to place a large bucket in. The bucket I use is a little taller than your average aquarium bucket. My bucket is 18 inch tall by 12 inch wide with lid. This really works well in solitary fish tanks as you only have to concentrate on one fish at a time. Slowly and without much commotion, place the bucket into the water horizontally until the bucket sinks as the water enters it. Make sure the bucket open end is facing the piranha. Slowly move the bucket towards the fish thus leaving it no room to escape but into the bucket. Don't force the issue by using the bucket to cover the piranha. Instead, gently using long net or any other instrument, nudge the fish into the bucket very slowly. Once completlely in, place lid to cover bucket opening while bucket is still horizontal and when lid is secure and tight around bucket it is time to lift bucket out of the water. At this junction it is best to have someone help you lift the bucket because the combo of weight and the awkward angle of lifting all that weight over you body is rather taxing! Once the bucket is out, you can move it to wherever and simply place the bucket with fish in other tank. Place the bucket upright fisrt in the water and than horizontally and than realease the lid and the fish will come out easily. No water splashes, no ripped nets, no damage to fishes body or fins. I have done this four times in the past year and everytime it worked great. As a reminder, this really is good for solitary fish tanks with little or no decorations to get in the way of and the bigger the piranha the better. It worked well for me whether I was moving the rhom from my 10 ft long 30 inch wide tank or from my 180 gallon tank! I hope this helps with those guys with the big boys!
 

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Great read Wayne. I have been using the bucket method for a few years...there is really no other way I could figure out how to move my rhom...of course I never thought to use the lid and would get drenched in the process. My rhom is currently in a acrylic 180..with those small cuts in the top...so I have no idea how I will ever get him out if I need too. The openings are only like 8" or 9" wide.
 

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Thanks Wayne,
I've used buckets too and it's FAR safer than nets. I have a square kitty litter bucket that fits in narrower tanks.
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to Saved Topics deservingly so.
 

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pillow cases are good too.. i used to use them while moving big arowana around.. for p owners, you could attach the edges of the pillow case to broomsticks or something so you can hold it open in the water without getting bitten..
 

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You should definitely use a bucket or some sort of container to move fish... this is what an 11" rhom is capable of:





He bit all the way into my knuckle and broke the capsule it is in and chipped the bone and I may end up needing surgery because of it. Respect your fish and dont use nets.
 

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Very good method. Iprefer not to move my ps .When i get a bigger tank i will need it because they will be at around 11" when i get a new tank.
 

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ive netted my 13 inch rhom... pantyhose works great... its streches around there teeth and it takes abit for them to bite thru.... bucket method is byfar the best tho
 
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