11-14-2009, 02:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Twistersmom
Can you post your test results for ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates? What size tank?
It is very possible that the fish was sick to begin with. I know, most stores say the 15 minute float is all you need to do. This is not the best way to introduce new fish.
If store water is much different then your own, throwing them in completely different water can be very stressful, some can even go into shock and possible die as a result.
For best results, you should acclimate new fish to your own water slowly. This can be done in two different ways.
1) You can either place the bag with fish inside your tank, or place the fish and water in a bucket. Every 15 minutes, add some of your tank water. A quarter of a cup or less. The slower the better. Keep adding your tank water, until more than 75% of the water, is you own tank water. Then you can add the fish to your tank. Throw the mixed water out. You never want to place store water into your own tank.
The water may be cooler in the bucket, once the acclimation is complete, but temperature changes are less stressful than ph changes, so not a real problem.
2) Put the fish and water in a bucket. Use a long airline. One side of the air line in the tank, the other end in the bucket. You will probably need a knot in the airline, to keep the water from flowing through to fast. Let the water from the tank drip into the bucket, until more than 75% is your own water.
Uh oh. I've always had the bag sit inside the tank for about 10 minutes then cut the bag and empty it out. ohhhhh. I am so glad you mentioned that!