Sorry for the double post! Is this ok in my own journal...?
I have found of late that it seems to cause less stress and damage to my bettas to scoop them with my hand instead of a net. I can also move faster that way. I've head of breeders in Thailand and Malaysia doing this as well, and many goldfish handlers in the US also use this method...I think I will stick with it, but I'd like everyone's thoughts.
My fish seem less afraid of my hand, and will willingly swim into it. Perhaps, because of my body heat it is warmer then then suddenly being lifted into the relatively colder air by a net...? I'm not sure.
I certainly cannot use this method with m pufferfish, but it's food for thought.