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Old 06-14-2012, 05:19 PM   #1
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best way to put a fish in a salt water tank?

Hey i having a prblem i have had my tank running 3 weeks now and i went to put a damsel in my tank. i use a 5 gallon bucket and ran a small air hose to it. i let the bucket fill up and then pour the water back in with the damsel. the damsel died in one hour. did i do something wrong?
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Old 06-14-2012, 05:49 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 06-14-2012, 05:59 PM   #3
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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.
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http://www.liveaquaria.com/PIC/article.cfm?aid=157
Great ways to introduce a new fish, if it's not an ordered fish you can skip a couple steps about the lighting and stuff, it's pretty much what they just said but with some pictures haha
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Old 06-15-2012, 07:09 PM   #5
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well i run a small air line how can i tell if its only 4 to 7 drops a second and i was only told to bucket fill so i think thats where im going wrong. ok in going to try this and hope i have some good luck with it thank u guys and i get back to u if i have any luck with it.
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You can adjust the flow by either putting a small valve in the airline or you can tie a knot, the tighter the knot the lower the flow.
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I set it up with a valve on a airline and I time it. Its like 6 drops a second
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I personally don't time it, just go with instinct lol. Oh and when acclimating don't forget about it, I did that with a feather duster and had one heck of a mess to clean up when I woke up. Not a good start to a day. Good thing is I have plans for a basement Reno so the water stains aren't a big deal lmao.
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Old 06-15-2012, 10:32 PM   #9
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I read u should do 4 times the amount of water in the bag and should be good.
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Old 06-16-2012, 02:00 AM   #10
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No ! This is the best way !!

1) Float the bag in the tank for 15 mintues
2) Put the fish in a bucket
3) get the airline tubing, make sure it drips 2 times a second
4) then let it sit in the water instead of watching in drip !!
-Do not drip because that changes the ph and can shock your fish and just ruin the acclimation!!

5)So let it sit in the water and after 30 minutes take some water out of the bucket so there's more new water from the tank
6) do this for no more than 1hour as 45 minutes
- too long of acclimation will also stress your fish
7)float the bag again for another 15 minutes because when the fish is in the bucket , the temperature changes again do get it to the same temperature again
8) check the salinity and make sure they match
9) never net your fish !! Freaks them out !!!
10) take most of the water out because during acclimation they poop and pee and I don't think you want that going into your tank , so take most of the water out until its a little bit of water and your fish and gently release him in to your tank without exposing him to air ,

11) leave the lights off for a good 4 hours and let him get used to the tank and tank mates , they will not be pleased if they are thrown in a new tank with bight lights and new fish everywhere !!

12) good luck and I know it's a long process but all of it makes sense and a lot of people do it the easy way out but , this is a very safe and smart way , my point is that , THE MORE CAREFUL YOU ARE WHEN YOU ACCLIMATE , THE LONGER YOUR FISH LIVES !!
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