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Originally Posted by chrisparypa View Post
Drip acclimation would be my method of acclimating these sensitive fish to my aquarium(s).
The aquarium should be well established, with no fluctuations in pH,and CO2 (if used) .And I would not use any pH altering powders which might only produce desired results temporarily. Temperature for these fish is critical in my opinion and from my own expierience with them.,,82 degrees F is the minimum ,with 84 to 86 degrees even better. Lower temps than these and it could have negative effect on these warm water fishes metabolisim which in turn,may weaken the capability of the fishes immune system.
Tannins from driftwood would not have negative effect I don't believe and so long as wood has not been collected recently from areas of possible contaminant's (chemicals,pesticides,fertilizers) I would not think it to be a problem.
These fish especially when young,,are notoriously difficult and much of it in my view,is due to practices with those who import them and the difficulty as a result,in finding Qualtiy specimens. Add to this the stress of shipping across countries,and the acclimating stress they endure to perhaps several times,and MANY succumb.
The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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