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    Hi everyone, I'm brand new here and still have to check in on the intro page. I have an older synodontis I'm treating & was hoping someone could help. My catfish has an area behind its head where there is no skin which turned out to be some sort of lice. I actually took him to a local vet that deals with fish as well as everything else. He started him on Baytril injections last Saturday which I am to continue 5 more times. I also have to give him a 5 min bath of Neocide-3 for 5 times as well.

    I got him in the first dip/bath today which went kind of rough. When I netted him the first time it was ok but when I went to do it today his dorsal spike got stuck in the net. I was able to free him but I've read this can be very painful for catfish & really didn't want to hurt/stress him out any more. The vet mentioned buying some type of bait net with bigger holes (not too big) to keep him from getting stuck. Are there any other alternatives you guys have heard of or have used yourselves? He's over a foot long & can be very difficult to handle.

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    Did I pull a newbie and post this in the wrong forum?

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    No, you posted in a good place...can you maybe move him with your hands?...or would you get finned?
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    Is it alone in the tank?

    I would drain the tank as far as the top fin, setup a barricade in the tank, and use a large enough plastic container to scoop it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slaphppy7 View Post
    No, you posted in a good place...can you maybe move him with your hands?...or would you get finned?
    Great, thank you. I wish I could. I think his pectoral or dorsal spines will get me. I had a terrible time today as he got stuck in the net and it wound up getting twisted around his dorsal barb. I got him back in the tank but I literally had to cut it away with a pair of scissors. What a mess! I also have a smaller litter pan I drilled holes in. I thought I could scoop him up, let it drain, then lower him into the medicated bath. He'll start thrashing around when the water drains out but I thought I could hold him in place with a towel or pad. I'm running out of ideas otherwise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocksor View Post
    Is it alone in the tank?

    I would drain the tank as far as the top fin, setup a barricade in the tank, and use a large enough plastic container to scoop it out.
    He's in there with one other fish in a 50 gallon. I have to treat him four more times and couldn't drain that much water everyday. I have a spare 10 gal. but he's just too big

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    I have fine-mesh nets that are great for catfish and botias. Only drawback is that you can't move them as quickly through the water as regular mesh nets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toddnbecka View Post
    I have fine-mesh nets that are great for catfish and botias. Only drawback is that you can't move them as quickly through the water as regular mesh nets.
    The net I used yesterday that he got stuck in was a regular mesh net. I thought they would get stuck in any type of net but maybe there's a lesser chance in a finer net. There has got to be a better way lol

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    I'm not familiar with that fish so this may not help. But when my LFS was netting me something - might have been cories - one of them also got stuck in the net. He just let the net rest in the water for a couple of minutes and the fish calmed a bit and got himself out.

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