01-19-2009, 09:05 PM
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When purchasing any fish, would recommend to have them sitting at local store for few days. It all depend wether lfs receive direct shipment from farm/breeder or local wholesalers. Either way, still let them pulled out from shipping stress at lfs. Many times, fish will break down after few days of arrival.
When choosing fish, put your hand over the tank, pretending feeding, and choose one that is responding (alert) to this.
If want to acclimate better, use bucket or shallow cat litter pan (new). Hold down air line tubing b/n rim and hood, prime the hose (suck on tubing) and tie the knot (if cant tie fast enough, hold the end of tubing llittle higher than tan). Tilt the pan against wall so that fish will be still underwater when removed from bag. Loosen the knot so it drip into container. Should remove some of the water few times from the container, just in case NH3 accumulated in the ba. them continue dripping for little longer period.
By any chance, Is your tank lot deeper than lfs tank? As I mentioned before, new arrival at the store might not have well ajusted pressure differences from bag to lfs tank. Have expeperienced that many Altum Angels (wild ) perished by just dumping into deeper diisplay tank from box after acclimation. Thus would recommend to p/u angels which were in lfs for while.
In case your tank is lot deeper (more than 20" depth), lmk. ther are other DIY that you can use for new arrival to get used to depth. and use bucket over shallow pan to accomodate the depth of tank. When introducing, could try small container to catch and release rather than net.
As one member pointed out, checking to see if there are pH difference b/n yours and lfs, might help you finding causes!!