How to Successfully Catch Aquarium Fish


Trying to catch or relocate your fish is one of the most frustrating aspects of the aquarium hobby. Try chasing after swift, slippery fish with a weak net while there are numerous aquarium ornaments in your path. We have captured thousands and thousands of fish over the years that we have operated an aquarium fish store, so we have some experience attempting to wrangle the precise quantity, type, or color of fish for our customers. Learn about our preferred method for netting fish, which not only saves time but also prevents stress in your fish.

Make sure you start with the appropriate equipment for the job because not all aquarium nets are created equal. Look over the net for any tears or holes that would allow the animals to escape. Choose a larger net to trap your prey more easily because it will cover more ground. Additionally, think about the type of fish you hope to catch. To prevent escape when handling shrimp and newborn fry, use a net with a fine mesh. Get an aquarium net with coarse mesh or small holes, though, if you’re going after fish that are faster or smarter than you are (like African cichlids, loaches, and rainbowfish), as this reduces drag through the water and enables you to move more swiftly when necessary.

The Simplest Method of Catching Aquarium Fish

Let’s discuss the right method now that you have the appropriate net for the job. Keep in mind that when you become extremely irritated, your body language communicates your anxiety and the fish are more likely to experience stress as well.

In order to avoid frightening some fish before you even start, try to avoid standing above or towering over the fish tank. Get a stool that will allow you to sit at the tank’s level if it is low to the ground.
Instead of holding the net at the very end of the handle, hold it closer to the net rim. You have more control in this position, enabling you to move more quickly.

Place a trap so that the net faces one of the tank’s front corners.

The secret is to use one of your hands to “chase” the fish into the trap while the net stays mostly fixed in position because a fish net moves more slowly than your hand.

Swing the trap shut as soon as the fish enter it, making sure that the left edge of the net is flush against the front glass as well.

The undesirable fish might swim out of the net while the desired fish is kept in the net.

Lift the net out of the water while preserving as much of the glass’ flat surface as you can.


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