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Please help... fish dying
Old 09-21-2006, 10:40 PM   #11
Additionally, some types of fish should never be removed from water - like puffer fish, for instance. If they inflate while in the air that can cause big problems. When dealing with puffer fish, you are best off catching the fish in a container and then pouring the container into a bag for transport.

Of course, many pet store employees don't know this or don't care.
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Old 09-21-2006, 10:42 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by girl920
Blue, doesn't catching fish always stress them, from the nature of the thing? How does one avoid stressing a fish when catching it? Overdoing it is obvious, esp. when you have a young clerk moving rocks and chasing a fish all over the tank LOL. But got any tips on how to more carefully catch a fish?
What I mean is to make sure catching process is done in a short time rather than longer(because of only one net) as longer periods of trying to catch them makes them more insecure thus stressing them.
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Old 09-22-2006, 01:32 AM   #13
How did you acclimate the fish? When you take fish home, it's best to float the bag with the fish in your tank. Turn off the lights in the tank first, then float the bag in the tank. After about 10 minutes, open the bag and add some water from your tank, into the bag. Wait another 10-15 minutes and add some more water. Do this until the bag is full. Then net the fish and place it into your tank. DO NOT POUR THE WATER IN YOUR TANK. The water could carry some harmful pathogens, which you do not want to spread into your tank. Keep the lights off for several hours or even over night.

Some times when you buy fish, the health of the fish may not be that great. This is why it's normally best to observe the fish that you intend to buy. Watch for any physical signs of illness or injury. If possible, ask the keeper to put some food in the tank and watch for the ones eat well. Make sure you select those fish. If you frequent the store, observe the fish over the next few days to make sure they do well. Avoid buying fish on the same day they receive them. The stress of the shipment may cause some casualties. It's best to wait a few days after the store received their shipment of the new fish.

Regarding filtration, it's best to go well above your tank size. For example, in your 46 gallon tank, it's best to use a filter rated for a 75 gallon tank or higher. You can still use the same filter, but make sure you keep up with the tank maintenance and water changes.
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Old 09-22-2006, 03:14 AM   #14
Wow, thanks for all the great advice! I really appreciate it, being so new to the forum. I did exactly what you describe above for introducing the fish into the tank. Just over the past 8 hours, it seems the bubbles on the surface are getting worse than they have been in the last week. It is almost "soapy" or "foamy" looking, which has me mystified, as I have not used anything remotely close to this in the tank; I even rinsed it out with clear water after buying it. I will be purchasing a test kit asap and I'll let you all know the results. I'm really worried about the other fish (even tho' so far they've been acting normal).
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Old 09-22-2006, 04:22 PM   #15
Get a test kit and test your water, it might give you a good indication of what is causing bubbles. Another solution that will not give you the cause of the bubbles, is to do a partial water change.
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