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projectcam95 10-12-2008 11:42 AM

Removing the fish while doing a water change?
Im about to do a 20% water change on my tank . Last time I did it the zebras were pretty stressed. One i thought was going to die. I tried it again after a week but this time i removed 2 gallons of water into a bucket and i removed the fish and put them in there.

Is this good or will this stress the fish more? I now havea Ram and im more worried.

Flashygrrl 10-12-2008 01:34 PM

It'll stress them more. The danios will get used to water changes. Just make sure they have somewhere to hide (plants, caves) on the side of the tank your not siphoning from.

Amphitrite 10-12-2008 01:38 PM

Flashygrl is right, they will get used to it and taking them out of the tank will stress them even more. My danios love water changes now, and always come over to where the water comes out/goes in to see what's going on. I have to be careful not to lift them with the gravel vac lol.

Tyyrlym 10-12-2008 01:52 PM

Yeah, removing them from the tank, chasing them with the net, pulling them from the water, dumping them in an unfamiliar bucket and then doing it all again in reverse is likely to be worse for them.

projectcam95 10-12-2008 02:14 PM

Yeah . I just finished the wc. Everyone is happy including the ram. I didn't remove the fish. I just did it carefully.

Tyyrlym 10-12-2008 03:19 PM

That's the key, take your time and let everyone get out of the way. No sharp movements, not a lot of banging around.

miagrrl 10-12-2008 08:33 PM

its funny how the fish really get used to water changes. all my fish in my 29 gallon love when i change it. they play in the water as i pour it back in, and they hang around my siphon and dark after rocks that fall as i pull it out (i think they are hoping to get a snack out of it). they will totally get used to it. just be gentle. sounds like you are getting the hang of it!

wendex 10-25-2008 04:41 PM

They definitely get used to it, I have real trouble avoiding my fish now when cleaning the bottom of the tank and I've not had the fish that long, cos they swim real close to the syphon tube - which is scary cos it's difficult to see at times.

okiemavis 10-26-2008 08:53 PM

Makes me glad all my fish are big now- none of them fit up the hose, but my garra likes to sit inside the wide tube and ride the current :P

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