08-22-2009, 09:42 AM
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Am pleased that you have done your homework on these fish. Along with selecting a nice specimen,,acclimation will be all important. Done too quickly,,and results are pretty quick at presenting themselves. I might were it me,(and it ain't) get as much info on water from dealers tank along with info on what foods the fish has been eating. I belive it not uncommon for these fish to refuse food for up to a week after being placed in new surroundings. Others don't miss a beat and begin to feed almost immediately. Always best to have a variety of foods to tempt them should the former be the case.
I might also consider where the tank is placed. I have found that these fish are sometimes spooked easily. Wouldn't place the tank around a corner where fish would suddenly be spooked by people suddenly appearing. I might leave the lights off for a couple days to give the fish time to adjust to it's new surroundings. I have found them to be fond of wood to rest near,or get under if possible.
I would not attempt to keep these fish at temps below 82 degrees despite what others may say. I kept mine at 84 degrees with three weekly water changes of 25 to 30 percent and other than treating them for worms directly after receiving them, I had no issues with disease or parasites. I hope you are just as fortunate.P.S. I always used PRIME for water conditioner and would not trust any other. Good Luck.