03-18-2010, 12:59 AM
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Drip acclimation only requires a bucket and an approx three foot long piece of airline tubing and a net.
I have had problems with using the bag method over extended period of time (longer than 45 min). Depending on how long fish are/were,in the bag ,,ammonia levels can be present at dangerous levels and if one does not dump a portion of the bag water out at regular intervals and refill the bag with water from the tank at regular intervals ,levels of toxins can get to lethal levels over extended acclimation.
Not saying you haven't considered this ,or are doing anything wrong,, just mentioning problems I have expierienced .
With bag method, I add 1/2 cup of tank water to the bag after floating it for twenty minutes, and another1/2 cup every four minutes. Bag is usually near full after fifteen minutes of adding water from the tank every four or five minutes. I then pour half the bag of water into a bucket and repeat adding water from the tank every four or five minutes. When bag is near full the second time, I usually net the fish from the bag and turn it loose in the aquarium and then dump the water from the bag down the sink.
Again ,not suggesting you are doing anythging wrong. Could be just fish are being moved too quickly from shipping bags to fishstore tanks ,and then from fish store tanks to your tank . Might try and purchase fish that have been in store tanks for a week before I purchased them and see if it makes a difference.
That's all I got.