FAQs

Please Help! Which trap should I get?

Please note Hydraulics work on both acrylic and glass without any concern of scratching. All Magnetized traps are recommended for glass only. 

As of now, our Swivel/Hydraulics are the most effective because of their silent release and you don’t have to be near the fish tank. Be sure to add the extension add on. The magnetic release traps are very popular because of their versatility and can be moved around the tank without getting wet. The con is that you have to reach in or pull a string attached to the handpiece to release the trap. This motion can sometimes startle the fish out of the trap. Our hybrid traps that have both magnetic and hydraulic will be available soon.

What Is The Opening Diameter Of The 8" Trap?

The opening diameter of the 8 inch trap is 3 1/2 inches.

Fish Are Going Into The Trap, But Not My Target Fish. What Do I Do?

Sometimes the tank boss or other aggressive fish will need to be removed for trapping sessions. Extremely shy or cautious fish might be too intimidated by the frenzy.

I Have An Acrylic Tank. Will TankMatez Fish Traps Work On It Without Scratching?

We've never had a magnetic trap scratch any tanks but if it is a concern, our hydraulic traps have zero risk.

What Size Is The TankMatez Mini Bubble Fish Trap?

Our Mini Bubble Fish Trap is approximately 4” in diameter with approximately 2” opening. 

The Trap SInks After I Release The Magnet. Why?

This is a very rare issue and is most likely due to the float ring. Either the float ring is missing, or the float ring is too small. Always make sure the float ring is attached to the trap prior to use.

When Should I Release The Trap?

For best results, release the trap when target fish is nose in and downward if possible. This trick makes it challenging for target fish to find the exit upon release. 

Why Not Just Use A Fish Net?

TankMatez developed our Bubble traps with help from some of the most knowledgeable marine biologists in the world. Chasing & catching fish with nets is stressful for not only the target fish but also for the whole tank community. Nets also damage fish's delicate protective slime coats & barbs. Once damaged, fish are significantly more vulnerable to illness and disease. Fish often die or get sick just from the stress caused from getting chased & caught with a net. When fish are captured in a TankMatez bubble trap, they are captured in a bubble of water and don't experience any water parameter changes. Most of the time they don't even realize that they are trapped. They are too busy eating their favorite food. Watch some videos of fish keepers chasing and catching fish with nets in an aquarium and compare them to a fish being caught in a TankMatez Bubble Trap. You will quickly realize TankMatez Bubble Traps are the most eco-friendly traps on the market.

I Cannot Catch A Fish. What Do I Do?

Try feeding with the trap until your fish are comfortable with it before attempting to trap. Different types of fish will go in immediately while others are more skeptical. When fish are captured in a TankMatez bubble trap, they are captured in a bubble of water and don't experience any water parameter changes. Most of the time they don't even realize that they are trapped. They are too busy eating their favorite food. Watch some videos of fish keepers chasing and catching fish with nets in an aquarium and compare them to a fish being caught in a TankMatez Bubble Trap. You will quickly realize TankMatez Bubble Traps are the most eco-friendly traps on the market.

Will this work in a freshwater tank?

Yes, even better.

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