Originally Posted by spoonman
What are the parameters of the tank? How soon did the bucket fill up? Acclimating should take 1.5 to 2 hours. I put the fish with the water from the pet store in the bucket, start a drip of about 4-7 drops per second and when the volume doubles take half out and do it again. Then net the fish out (dont dump the water in the tank) and put the fish in the tank. If the tank wasnt cycled that is what killed it. If you did the process too fast, you may have shocked the fish. Need more information.
Agree more info.
Both temp and drip acclimation are important. Here is what i do.
1.) Float bag in tank for 15min to acclimate temp.
2.) Pour water and fish in specimen container
3.) Run a drip line at 3 drops per second approx for 2 hours
4.) When container is full, pour out half water and continue the 2 hour drip.
5.) After 2 hours, gently net fish and place into tank.
Netting however can remove fishes slime coat and make them more vulnerable, if you want to overcome this also then you can hand place the fish or use a special acclimation container that strains out the water and leaves only the fish so you can place in the tank. Dumping fish store water in your tank is not recommended.