12-05-2009, 09:38 PM
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Originally Posted by rsheets
Well I have an order in with live aquaria. Got about 30 fish comming. I'll be getting them tue. I'm getting some angels, cherry barbs, false julii corys, dwarf gouramis, silver dollars, a swordtail, diiferent kinds of guppies including endlers live bearer. Sure I'll be busy for a while aclimating.
I am looking for suggestions on the drip method, I have usually just added water to the bag a little at a time. But with this many bags I'd like to do the drip method, I think it would be a lot easier.
I usually use 2.5 or 5 gallon buckets. Pour the fish from the individual bags into their own bucket. The chemistry of the water of the different transport bags will be different so do not place them in the same bucket. If there isn't enough water to cover the fish wedge one side of the bucket so that the fish is covered in the water they came in.
Take some airline tubing and put a loose knot on the side that is going to go into the bucket. Place the other end in the destination tank. Start to siphon some water from the destination tank into the bucket and tighten the knot until the water starts dripping slowly into the destination bucket. When the water equals 2 parts your water and 1 part the original water take half out and continue the drip process. I usually drip until the vast majority of the water in the bucket is from your destination tank. Depending on temp variance between the destination and the source water you may want to either bag and float the fish now that the water parameters are the same. If ambient room temp is not that far off from the tank temp the water in the bucket should be closer to the tank temp than the room temp so you shouldn't have to worry that much.
Oh... and congrats on the fish. :)