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Acclimating Freshwater Fish to a New Tank

Most first time aquarium owners often misunderstand and overlook the importance of acclimating fish to new tank communities. New fish owners usually see their fish die a short time after introducing the fish to its tank.

Most first time aquarium owners often misunderstand and overlook the importance of acclimating fish to new tank communities. New fish owners usually see their fish die a short time after introducing the fish to its tank. Consequently, some pet shops may get a bad reputation for being pointed as the culprit of selling a substandard fish.

So what seems to be the cause of the problem among fish owners who see their pet fish die quickly? The common mistake they do is bringing fish from a pet shop and then dumping it straight into the aquarium. This is not usually the right method of bringing fish from one tank to another. This method is frequently considered fatal to a fish as most fishes should have time to get acclimatized into a new body of water.

It is also not advisable to let water from the pet store mix with the aquarium water at home. This can introduce diseases in the tank. Fish also need to live in the same water quality as their natural habitat so they can have a good chance of living longer in the controlled environment of an aquarium.

Process of Introducing New Fish to the Tank

When bringing in fish from another aquarium or pet store, it should be in a plastic bag. This plastic bag with fish inside can be placed inside the aquarium and left to float for about 10 to 15 minutes so that the water temperature inside the bag will equalize with the water temperature in the tank. The pH level of the water from the pet shop aquarium is then compared with the pH level of the fish keeper's tank. The pH levels should be almost similar so that the fish will survive in its new environment. The ammonia level in the aquarium should also be in check. If there is a significant difference in the pH levels, it should be reduced and made almost similar.

Acclimating Process

In acclimating the fish into its new environment, fish owners must take some water from tank B or where the fish will be put into. About a cup of water is put into the bag where the fish is temporarily held. The said process is repeated after 15 minutes. This is done for a minimum of 2 hours so that the difference in the pH levels will be reduced. The process should not be rushed since it can “shock” the fish.

When both waters are almost of the same pH levels then the fish can be transferred to the new tank without much worry that they are going to die after some time.

It is best to follow the process of acclimating fish to new tank carefully and slowly, and not rush the fish into swimming into its new environment. For those who have multiple fishes to bring into a new tank, it is advisable to acclimate fishes in batches. Too many fishes accimated at the same time may sometimes result in shock.

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