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Lets have a gallery on how to tie fish bags!

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OK bit rushed but thought I would get us started.

This is the large bag from aquaholics online, its a fair bit heavier than your standard fish bag lol

I would usually reccomend fasting the fish for a day, and perhaps adding a drop of an ammonia binding chemical, or even stress coat.

You want the fish in the best quality water possible while in the bag, as they do not have dilution on their side any more due to the small volume of water a bag holds.

Going to try make this thread a handy one, so will start off slow and get into the more advanced bagging techniques.

Also will get some more videos, showing the finger movements I use when initially putting the band on the bag.

IMHO thats the hardest bit of all.

Theres no right way to tie a bag, my method is merely the one I have settled on after tieing many thousands of them.

If you have tips or different methods PLEASE contribute them. Lets make this a one stop shop for bagging tips!

I am always keen to improve my bagging method!

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First up, rubber bands.

There are a lot of rubber bands to choose from and most are not so great.

Some break, others are slippery and most are just too small.

The key thing is that you should never trust one rubber band.

They are cheap, so use at least 2!!!

Here I have 4 as they are very thin.

I have them on my left hand. Having them here makes it very easy for me to get them on the bag.

I am right handed, so if you are left handed, I would then put the bands on your right hand.

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Grabbing the bag.

The key thing is not to grab the bags seams. Grabbing the seams results in you capturing less air.

We want maximum air capture!

As Mr Talbott says

Your fish won't run out of water, but they will run out of air

Anyway I aim for 1/3 water and 2/3 air.

Although these bags are nice and tall, so can probably go 1/4 water and 3/4 air.

Just as long as fish are covered by water if the bag is turned on its side.

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The scrunch!

Theres lots of ways to do this, and on smaller bags its easy to just fold the top in.

Basically we want to move from the folded top of the bag, to a point where we can twist the bag and then hold it between 2 pinched fingers.

WIth bigger heavier bags....... 2 fingers is not always an option.

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This is something you develope with practise. I realise the picture doesnt really show what happened, but I shall get some better shots later of this bit.

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OK the bag has been twisted and I have swapped it over to the hand that has the rubber band on it.

This is probably the trickiest part of the whole process, so I shall cover in more detail later.

What I am trying to do is to put the rubber band through itself, wrapped around the neck of the bag.

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Once the band is tight, I then reverse direction.

I pull the rubber band DOWN and to the RIGHT.

The idea is to have your hand/arm move around the bag.

The bag stays pretty much still.

Every "wrap" of the rubber band should aim to go just under the previous one.

This is why we are pulling the rubber band down as we wrap it around the bag.

If the wraps go down, the bag will get tighter.

And tight bags is what we want, as they will stay full for longer.

Saggy bags can lead to fish getting stuck in corners and we want to avoid that!

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bag tieing action shot!

OK so I used up almost all the rubber band wrapping the bag.

You still need to tie off though, so dont use too much!

in this step we neaten up the top of the bag.

People like neat looking knots, it will give a more reliable AND it makes it easy to open.

So definitely worth taking the time to do this.

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Final step, we loop over the rubber band!

Well it would be except mine isnt tight, so I need to do another loop!

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Simply cross it over and back over the top again.

You can do this as many times as needed, but I try for a max of 2 out of principle!

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AND WE ARE DONE!

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Now this was a slobby effort by me, and certainly not up to my standards!

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So to undo the bag I grab this part and pull.

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And the rubber band will spin unravel until you just have the bit where you looped it inside itself!.

No need to cut the rubber band.

Keep in mind that rubber bands dont last forever though. So test them before you re-use them. You dont want to lose a fish over a dodgy rubber band or 2!

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Good Job

I do the same as you donny only i fold the top twice then bring the corner of one side to the front middle and then the corner of the otherside to the rear middle and twist. everything else the same but in the end same result (maximizing air)

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