Whelp... the temp has been stable at 80F for awhile now.. PH is at 7.2. I added him a few hours ago. He is adjusting well. Still has not ate yet which obviously worries me but I have experience with predator fish and they don't just eat whenever you put food in the tank.. they have to be perfectly stabilized and content in their new environment.
Vampire Tetras are also commonly known to ONLY eat feeder fish and will go days and sometimes weeks without eating if not available.. AND it is a VERY trying task to get them to break this habit.. I have a couple of tactics to do so.. this involves switching them to frozen fish and not live feeders 1st and foremost, and then when they start to recognize that pattern switching to small bits of frozen foods.. then eventually floating pellets by the filter..the water movement can help stimulate them to eat pellets..this could take months to accomplish. The previous owner was only feeding him feeder goldfish
What is most important to me right now and to him is that he eats if possible during this transition. I have crossed the line on one of my ultimate boundaries here.. I have put two feeder goldfish from PetSmart in the tank with him. This is wrong on so many levels. Not just cruel, but also very VERY bad for him. Putting a dirty, and potentially diseased cold water fish in 82 degree water is one of the dumbest things I've ever done.. My justification is that he has been doing it for a little while anyway and to stop now during a transition period could be more than he is willing to do.. I also know that these Feeders are doomed anyway if I didn't participate in feeding them.. Again I feel like an idiot posting this on here.. but I want to share this experience in its entirety with you all.