Although you can choose to buy ready-made fence or barrier collection nets, many are made from materials that are not suitable for catching saltwater fish, and they can be quite costly. In this article, your guides discuss types of nets that are used for collecting and provide instructions for making your own, which is highly recommended to do for various reasons explained.
Once you have managed to push a target fish into your fence or barrier collection net, you will need a hand net to capture it with. Some hand nets are a waste of time and are often made of materials that may injure your fish. Find out what types to choose, how to make one using pre-made fishing nets, or optimally build one from leftover collection net material.
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How To Capture Fish
Here are the nuts and bolts of how to actually capture the fish. Once you figure out how to "read" the fish you will know how and where to place your net.
How To Decompress Fish
As with humans, fish may need to be decompressed before they can be brought to the surface if they are collected from deep water. Failing to properly decompress a fish can result in death or permanent damage. It's not hard to properly decompress a fish, it just takes a little time.
Transporting Collected Fish
Now you need to know how to get the fish you have collected from the ocean to your aquarium safely. Much of the information provided here pertains to how to put fish into the catch bucket without it escaping or getting damaged.
A Hammerhead Shark Pays Us a Visit
A Hammerhead Shark Pays Us a Visit – A Salty Story: A true story of an encounter with a Hammerhead Shark while collecting tropical fish in Hawaii.
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Surprised by a Big Gray Shark
Surprised by a Big Gray Shark – A Salty Story: A true story of being surprised by a very large Gray Shark while collecting tropical fish in Hawaii.
Don't Put Your Hands in the Water!!
A Salty Story – Don't Put Your Hands In The Water: A true story about collecting your own tropical fish.
Tropical Fish Collecting Quiz
A fun quiz about collecting tropical fish with questions about sharks, eels, decompressing fish, anchoring the boat and more.
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Munday, Emily S et al. The effects of venting and decompression on Yellow Tang (Zebrasoma flavescens) in the marine ornamental aquarium fish trade. PeerJ. vol. 3, no. 356, 2015. doi:10.7717/peerj.756