Originally Posted by Bottomfeeder
ty byron :)
i believe i acclimated these guys for about 20 minutes...i wouldve done it longer but the store was an hour away so i didnt want them in the bag too long.
Once you open the bag (to air) and start mixing the water, you can take your time. I'll explain how I (and many others) do this, just in case its new to you; pardon me if this is already something you know.
Some pour the fish and water from the bag into a pail (aquarium use only of course) and then gradually add water from the tank to the pail, either with a drip system or by small amounts like a cup or half cup at a time. If using a drip system, just let it drip until you've about doubled the bag water with water from the tank. If using a cup, wait 15 minutes, then add another cup, and so forth, until the bag water is doubled. If the fish are particularly sensitive (like pencilfish), or I know the store's water is quite different from my tanks in terms of pH or hardness, I would do a bit more mixing but with less water each time. Then, when done, net the fish out of the pail and into the tank. Never pour the water into the tank; the store water will have ammonia in it from bringing the fish home, and may contain other things like pathogens. None of this belongs in your aquarium.
I sometimes don't use a pail and instead float the opened bag in the tank to equalize temp, then slowly add half cups of water like above, waiting betwen. Then net the fish into the tank.
If a quarantine tank is used, same process as above. The goal is to get the fish acclimatized to your water with as little stress as possible.