How to Safely Introduce your Fish to your Marine aquarium
How to Introduce a Fish to an Aquarium
So you have purchased your beautiful tropical fish. It has been netted, bagged, and is ready for introduction into your cycled aquarium. Now you just throw it into your tank, right? Wrong. You must follow these careful steps to make sure your fish adapts well to it's new aquarium.
Turn off the aquarium lights before doing the steps below.
First, open the plastic bag in which the fish is contained, but it is often sealed tightly with many elastic bands.If so, save yourself the hassle and just cut them off.
Next, float the open-topped bag in the aquarium for 5-10 minutes to allow the temperatures to adjust.Make sure it doesn't topple over.
Now, use a clean (free of soap, etc...) cup to scoop some aquarium water into the bag. Repeat this step every five minutes over the span of half an hour until the bag is mostly aquarium water.
The last step is to use a net to gently scoop the fish into the aquarium.This prevents contamination from the dealer’s tank into your aquarium. IMPORTANT: If the fish in the bag seem stressed you should just allow the bag to sink underwater and let the fish swim out, as netting can cause excess stress.
Sit back and enjoy your new fish, but you may want to leave the lights off for the first day if you have a nervous species.
QuestionI will be adding 5 neon tetras and 5 zebra danios. Should I add them all at once? If not, how many should I add at a time?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou should acclimate them first by slowly adding the tank water to the bag so they can get used to the new water. After the temperature matches the tank temperature, you can add them in all at once.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I switch a betta fish from one aquarium to another?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou simply place it in some sort of container with the original aquarium water, add some water from the new aquarium, and float the container in the tank for about 30 minutes for the betta to adjust to both the pH of the water, and the temperature. If there are other fish in the tank, I recommend you get a clear breeder box and put the box with the betta in it for one to two weeks. This allows the betta to get used to the fish it will eventually live with, but this may not work depending on the aggressiveness of the betta.Thanks!
QuestionIf it comes in a container how is it suppose to sit and not sink?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou can prop it on the edge of the tank, but it is also ok if it does sink. As long as the plastic bag is tied, it can go to the bottom of the tank until you are ready to release the fish.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I know if the aquarium water is clean enough for the new fish?Ajay SawantCommunity AnswerIf it is a tropical fish such as guppy, don't worry; they have high resistance. Make sure the water looks clear. For other fish, you may add activated carbon and various cleaning mediums to prevent water clouding. To prevent cloudy water, don't excessively feed. Clear water is good for all sorts of fishes except those that are very sensitive.Thanks!
QuestionHow long before I feed new fish?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThat depends on the species of fish. Consult your vet or the pet store for advice.Thanks!
- If you don't want to net the fish, consider emptying as much bag-water as you can into a bucket or sink with the drain closed, before putting fish into your tank. The goal here is to put as little pet-shop water into your tank as possible.
- It's also possible to adapt the fish without floating the bag. If you have a container about the same size as the bag, you can set the bag in the container and drip tank water into the bag using a spare air hose to siphon the water. Use a paperclip to control the flow of water.
- Make sure all the fish left the bag before throwing the bag away.
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