Originally Posted by Christine123
I will certainly get these readings ASAP.Pls can you describe acclimated as I have not heard that terminology.
You may be right about the size being not suitable for me .Do you have other suggestions re a bottom dweller please
Christine in Australia
It will be easier to suggest fish when we know the GH and pH of your water. You can get the GH (general hardness) from the water supply folks, they may have a website with data posted. And you should have the pH kit mentioned earlier; testing pH and nitrate is something we recommend long-term, as both these can indicate trouble quickly.
Acclimated is the way you introduce new fish to a tank. I acknowledge there is a difference of opinion among aquarists on how this should be done. Some just dump the fish into the tank. I think the majority of us prefer a gradual method of acclimating the fish, so I'll explain the usual method.
Float the bag in the tank for 15-20 minutes to even the temperature; the water in the bag will adjust to the temperature of the tank water. Depending upon how much water the store put in the bag, I usually remove some of it first, the reason for this will be evident with what comes next. Once the temp is the same, add some of the tank water to the bag while it is still floating. I use a small cup, and usually add about 2/3 of a measuring cup of water, pouring it gently into the bag. Then leave for 15-20 minutes, and repeat. The number of times I do this depends upon the fish species and the degree of difference between the store water and my tank [pH is what I fuss over].
Another method of the above is to float the bag to even the temperature, and then gently pour the fish and all water from the bag into a smallish pail. Add a drip line, which is a piece of the flexible airline tubing with one end in the tank and the other in the pail, with the pail below the tank level so a steady but slow drip flow of water occurs, until the water in the pail is more than double the original volume.
Then, which ever method was used, net the fish out of the bag/pail and into the tank. Never pour the bag water into the tank, as it may contain pathogens you don't want in the tank, and it will certainly contain ammonia.