Acclimating New Fish

11 years 9 months ago #5098 by klassichobbies
Replied by klassichobbies on topic Acclimating New Fish
I do a mixed range of things for all my fish.

-if the fish are just tank hopping, the temp has to be within a degree or two, and i just net and switch

-if the fish are from someone around in this area (i.e. Naperville) i acclimate by floating the bag for about 10-20 minutes, then open the bag, add some water and let it float. i keep adding water every 5 minutes, then take the whole bag out and dump the water into a net into a bucket then immediately release the fish. i do this to prevent water born diseases from entering the tank

-if the fish is from the petstore, i have a quarantine tank to let the fish swim in. i do the same process listed second, but then the fish stay in quarantine for a few weeks. if needed i have aquarium medical salt, Pimafix, and Melafix.

you cant be too careful when you get new fish, and i always take the extra precautions to keep the fish the best...

Klassic Hobbies

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-No
Cat?
-Nu-uh
Um, a bird?
-Nope
Gerbil?
-Nada
Fish?
-OH, I've got alot of those!!!

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11 years 9 months ago #5094 by rm-slover
Replied by rm-slover on topic Acclimating New Fish
i always acclimate -

I roll the bag down and make a "life preserver" type of floatation device with the bag. After 10 minutes of floating i take a little bit of bag water out and replace it with approximately the same amount of tank water. i do that twice. then i pull the bag out dump the fish into a net and release into the tank.

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11 years 9 months ago #5092 by Nuchal Man
Replied by Nuchal Man on topic Acclimating New Fish
I don't quarintine, because I don't have the space. If I did, I would, just to be on the safe side.

Generally, if the fish are going from cooler-warmer, you don't have to worry about it unless it is a large difference in temp. The only fish I ever really acclimate are some gentler westies, and south American dwarf cichlds. Tangs I also always acclimate because they are effected by temperature change a lot.

Sam

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11 years 9 months ago #5089 by Finnegan@large
Although may people choose to release new fish into establish tanks upon their arrival home, others others are not so quick to release new fish.  If you are one who uses an acclimation process for new fish, what kinds of steps do you take for different kinds of fish?  [Ex: Tanganyikans, South Americans, West Africans]

Do you quarantine new fish?  If so, how you choose to do this?
Do you prepare established tanks for the introduction of new fish?  Additives or a change in water change schedule?

I appreciate your thoughts ...especially you master breeders with tricks up your sleeves.

-Steven

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