Just bought my first 5 fish - cardinal tetra. :*
They're currently floating around in a plastic bag & for 20 minutes now I've been adding a little water from the tank to the bag every few minutes.
The lights are off && I know not to feed them until tomorrow.. but I have a few things I'd like to double check.
1) What temperature should the tank be at?
2) How do I go about releasing them into the tank?
I copied this from the Tropical Fish Profiles section (top of our screen) for you. I would just gently empty the bag into the tank. Make sure there's nothing they're going to bang into like a decoration first.
Ideal water parameters for Cardinal Tetra
Soft (hardness below 4 dGH) acidic (pH below 6.0) water, temperature 23-27C/73-81F. May tolerate harder and slightly basic water short-term, but will be more susceptible to disease and a shorter life span.
Read more: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/p...#ixzz0ylDoUAPg
^__^ Thank you.
I just filled the bag up completely and tipped it up until they swam out.
I can't stop watching them as they explore their new home. x3
One more question: how often do I need to do water changes?
Is this an established (cycled) tank?
I aim to change 40-50% of my water once per week
also, as romad has said - if the tank has not cycled then this changes things regarding water changes. Info on cycling is here:
never throw old lfs water into the tank.it's better to net or scoop the fish out
+1 on kitten
You never know whats floating around in fish store water, something these fish are swimming in might not effect them but might effect other fish inside your tank. Since these are your first fish of course I don't foresee a problem with adding the fish store water to your own, but from here on out don't combine water.
The tank has been set up for ten days & has a fair few plants in it - all of which have been doing well.
& it's a 30 litre tank.
So I guess I ought to be doing daily water changes?
I'll net future fish in that case.
Pictures, Pictures? I can't wait to see them. I agree with checking those water parameters daily and really watching your fish for signs of stress. In the beginning I was doing daily water changes too. Only for a few weeks, then I backed it down to 3 times a week and down. Now I do a weekly 40% water change.
Thank you for all your help. =)
Here's three of them just after I released them into the tank:
They seemed much more relaxed after a few hours in the tank & started to do quite a bit of exploring. At the moment they're all round by the heater & the water pump, swimming up and down the side of the tank.. is that normal behaviour? & what are the signs of stress? S=
I don't have a water test kit unfortunately so I can't test the water.
I will do regular water changes though.
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