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Introducing new fish in a new tank.
Old 04-03-2009, 03:44 AM   #1
 
Introducing new fish in a new tank.

Just curious. After a tank has been cycled, how do you go about introducing the fish you plan to place in the tank. What I mean is, how do you choose the order of which fish to start with.

My idea initially is to start with the hardiest and most peaceful fish in the plan I have. Hardy so they can withstand any initial problems I might have (even though I plan on fully cycling the tank ahead of time...)

If I introduce fish that are semi aggressive towards the end will it be easier since they will not have a territory staked out before the other fish are added? Or does it matter?

In my plan the only fish that could be problematic is the Flag Fish. I really want them, so I've already chosen all my other fish without showy long fins etc. But I was thinking if I introduce the Flag fish first they might see the whole tank as their territory and attack anything else I put in the tank....(This is a worst case scenario, I know many flags are very peaceful and pay attention only to algae).

Will it help if I introduce them later or last, or am I just kidding myself.

Thanks all!!!! New tropical fish keeper here, so lots of questions!!!!!
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Old 04-03-2009, 04:03 AM   #2
 
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I think your Idea of introducing the Flag fish last is a good one. Be sure and offer some Spirulina flake or pellet food for these fish until you have some algae growth for them to nibble on.
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Old 04-03-2009, 06:31 PM   #3
 
1077 thanks very much for your reply.

Other than the aggression issue, I plan to introduce the fish with the least bioload first so the tank can continue to gently mature....
and then the poor flags...
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