01-29-2011, 11:04 AM
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I don't think that is too big of a deal. From what I understand (and I'm relatively new to this too), fish are much less sensitive to PH than most people think. In a natural environment, ph is not static. It fluctuates, sometimes heavily and quickly. For example, during a rainstorm, ph in a river can fluctuate up to an entire point (ex 7->8 or vice versa). In a drought , the ph can move in the other direction. I forget which way brings it up and which way brings it down, but as long as you're close to the natural environment, you should be ok. The trick is to acclimate the fish so that you don't shock it with an immediate change.
When adding fish, you should be sure to float their bag in your tank for a while to acclimate them to temperature. 5 or 10 minutes usually is suitable. Then you want to gradually begin adding water from your tank to the bag. I typically do this 3 times, spaced 10 minutes apart. In the end, I've just about doubled the amount of water in the bag. You don't want to leave them too long else ammonia will build up and they can also run out of oxygen. I don't know what "too long" is though. The last bit of advice, is do not dump that bag full of fish and water into the tank. The water from the lfs may not be healthy and you probably don't want it in your tank. I have a small 2 1/2 gallon tank that I empty the bag into and then net the fish to put them into my tank. Like I said I am new, and today is actually my first day at this forum. This is just what I've collected from a different forum. Definitely wait for a confirmation of this stuff from someone smarter than me! :)
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