Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Missouri united states
I don't have room in my tank's to use net's without damaging plant's so I try not to place fish in the tank that would need to come out.
I have lot's of tall plant's that if I lowered the water level,,the plant's would simply bow down making it even more difficult to catch the fish.
In the rare instance where I wish to remove fish without pulling out hardscape/plant's,, I Begin to starve the fish for a few day's so that they quickly rise to the surface anticipating food.I then try and quickly catch them near the surface.
Other's are easy to slip up on at night when they are resting near the surface and no light.
Sometimes,,I can easily catch the fish,other times I catch one maybe,go away and come back after ten or twenty minutes and try again.
if the fish are hungry,,they will return to the surface when I approach in anticipation of food.
As you can see,,,this is hit or miss affair and requires much patience and a few cuss word's.
Larger the tank,the more plant's,the more patience (and cuss word's).