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nicolemarie30 04-10-2013 09:30 PM

My fish won't come out of hiding
 
I just put my first fish (a clown fish) and an anemone in my tank. The anemone is moving but not as much as he was at the store and the clown won't come out from behind the plant. He is just swimming vertically in place. Is this normal? How long should I expect before he comes out?

Tazman 04-10-2013 09:46 PM

Welcome to the forum :wave:

If they are new to the tank today then give them a few days to get acclimated to their new home.

RSully 04-10-2013 11:50 PM

How did you acclimate them to their new tank?

nicolemarie30 04-11-2013 05:35 AM

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Originally Posted by RSully (Post 1716089)
How did you acclimate them to their new tank?

I floated them in the bag for 20 minutes...that is what the fish store told me to do, then I emptied most of the excess water from the bag into a bowl and emptied the rest along with the fish into the tank

wake49 04-11-2013 06:59 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by nicolemarie30 (Post 1717073)
I floated them in the bag for 20 minutes...that is what the fish store told me to do, then I emptied most of the excess water from the bag into a bowl and emptied the rest along with the fish into the tank

Not a great method for acclimating, because sometimes stuff from the fish store water can get into your tank such as parasites and bacteria. The best method is to quarantine the fish in another tank to make sure that the fish is not diseased and will not be bringing infection into your display tank. If you don't use a quarantine tank, I would drip acclimate. This is where you empty the bag into a bucket, and drip in water from your display tank over a period of time, say a half hour. During the process, you empty some of the water out and keep adding tank water. Once the water is a large percent tank water, net the fish and add him to the display.

But like Taz said, he probably just needs a few days to start showing his face. He needs to get comfortable with his new home.:-D


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