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tips on how to catch a fish in a heavily planted tank?

I need to return my dwarf gourami to the store because he is harassing one of my female bettas, but I can't catch him! my tank is too big (55 gal), he's too fast and my net gets stuck in plants or on the driftwood. I uprooted so many plants trying to catch him. Does anyone have any tips on how to catch a fish in a planted tank of this size? I only have a small net. Would a larger one help?
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drain water..... less places to swim too

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3 platy in my 20 gallon were crazy hard to get out - they are QUICK and the tank is heavily planted with stems. what i did was use the two-net approach: a small thin net to flush the fish out of hiding spots and in open water, herd them towards a much bigger net that scoops them up as they swim over/into it.


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Yes, get a larger net - better still, get 2 of them - one to herd, and one to trap.
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some tanks its pretty much whatever goes in isn't coming back out. you could try and make a trap (made with a plastic bottle), but i don't think it works too well with gouramis. (more for like plecos/otos/shrimp...)


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Using your bare hands works better than a net sometimes.


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some of you may disagree, but they need to have meds you can add to a tank to really slow fish down so they are able to catch. although it might not be good for them it might be better than giving them a heart attack trying to catch them for an hour straight.


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One small net and one larger one helps a lot. Try overnight, when the gourami is asleep, you have a chance to catch him by surprise.

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+1 for trying after lights-out. I used a flash light (a headlight actually) and was able to easily net some of my super-fast rainbows.
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Ok, thank you, everyone!
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After lights out is best. If possible use a red light to find him. Fish dont see the red spectrum that well so he won't be alerted quickly.
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some of you may disagree, but they need to have meds you can add to a tank to really slow fish down so they are able to catch. although it might not be good for them it might be better than giving them a heart attack trying to catch them for an hour straight.
Not so much.


Use 2 nets, wait till the lights have been out for an hour or so (dark room, no room lights) Gourami's frankly are not one of the harder fish to catch. You can also leave the net in the water and the fish will acclimate to it's presence, and swim in and out of it eventually. Then all it takes is a well timed grab during feeding.
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