08-22-2009, 05:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Big Fish
I will buy a test kit by Wed. That is when they said they would stock again. I am also going to go to the local mall and see if the pet store there has one.
When I said I had run the filter 24 hours, that is how long it has been since I started preparing the tank. The filter will now run forever! ;)
So, I am going ahead then. I have put the fish in a bag to get them used to the temperature of the big tank. It is close, but I will let the get used to the temperature and then transfer.
I will also try to post a picture later after they swim around a bit and I figure out how to get a picture posted!
Mix the water, this is very important. Whenever I transfer fish from one of my tanks to another that is new, I net them out into a pail of the established tank water, half full, then slowly add water from the new tank; depending upon the degree of difference in temp and pH and hardness (all three are very important, not just temp) this can be done with 2 additons or longer with more. I then net the fish from the pail into the tank.
You can do much the same with a plastic bag; float it to equalize the temp, then add a half cup or so of tank water to the bag, wait 15 minutes, add more, and so on. Then net the fish out of the bag.
You could, as it is your tank they're coming from, tip the bag and let the fish swim out with the water. But never do this with fish from stores. You don't need the pathogens and waste in the water in your tank.