Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Contra Costa CA
Open up part of the tank, perhaps a corner. Yes, remove a few plants. Put a few floating plants, clippings or whatever. Not rooted. In that corner.
Use Rich's nets (make several) and divide then subdivide the tank, smaller and smaller.
Make sure the fish to be caught are in the same section where you removed the plants. The drifting plants you put there will keep the fish from knowing it is a trap. The plants hide them and they think they are safe. Eventually you will have them in that area, and Rich's net keeps them from getting back to the rest of the tank.
Remove the drifting plants. Net the fish.