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Old 03-01-2005, 05:55 PM   #1
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How long does it take a fish to adapt?

I acclimated our new Royal Gramma's today for an hour before putting them in the tank (as told to by etropicals.com). They have been in the tank now for 4 hours and they still aren't swimming around. They're still in the "hybernation" state that they came in. When they first came I really thought they were dead, the didn't move AT ALL. etropicals said this is common & it's a hybernation state. Anyway...shouldn't they be swimming after 4 hours? How long does it take a fish to get used to a new tank? They are the only fish in my 80 gallon tank.
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Old 03-01-2005, 06:59 PM   #2
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It depends on the fish, some are quicker to come around then others. I'd give them at least overnight before worrying.
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When I got my first royal gramma he hid for over a week. In fact, I thought he was dead so I went out and bout another royal gramma. Just when I got done acclimating the second one to QT, I walk out and see the first one swimming happily around in my aqaurium. Moral of the story..Give it time, and then give it some more time
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So 2 can live in harmony in the same tank? The tank is 80 gallons. I do have someone who will take the other fish but if we can keep them both I'd like to do that...
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So 2 can live in harmony in the same tank? The tank is 80 gallons
I am not recommending it, but mine are happy as can be together.
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My Royal Gramma came from saltwaterfish.com to icy cold Maine.

He was moving all throught the acclimation process...and made himself right at home in my tank in a few minutes. I acclimated for 3.5 hours via drip methods as saltwaterfish.com recommended. We have had him for 2 weeks....and he is everyones favorite fish! Quite the personality!

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