New Fish to Your Aquarium II
The Inside Scoop on Your Aquarium Fish from Bob 01/29/07
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Know Your Local Water Parameters
Prologue from LA: Water in Des Moines (home of Aqualand Pets Plus) comes out of the tap at a pH reading of about 10.5 and drops to 7.5 in 48 hours. Adding NovAqua to our water conditions the water and moves it closer to neutral. We add NovAqua to every new bag of fish we sell. Since we guarantee our fish, we consider it incredibly economical insurance.
Bob's Info: Our water in Norfolk, VA usually comes out of our tap between 6.0 and 6.8 and drops lower in a fairly short period of time. With new fish, what usually happens is that by the time I get the newly purchased fish home, the water in the bag of fish is very close to 6.0.
This makes just floating the bag and releasing the fish into their new home very dangerous for some breeds of fish. Swordtails are especially sensitive to rapid changes in pH of the water and are likely to suffer pH shock and die. Other breeds like the blue gourami and the black-skirted tetra don't seem to be affected as much.
The idea behind my acclimation method is to ease the fish into their new aquarium without causing any damage to their slime coat. The pH of the water in the bag should be close to the pH of the water that they are going into. The water should be at least 6.8 in a community freshwater tank.
First it's helpful to know the chemicals that I use for the acclimation method.
These are what you add to the bag of fish along with a bit of good quality ich cure for prevention.
How to Do a pH Test.
Fill the test tube to the white line and add 3 drops of the pH indicator solution. Cover the test tube with the cap provided and just invert test tube a few times until the indicator solution is mixed well with the water.
A good, easy to use pH test kit.
NOTE: The water in these tests was filled to the top so it would show evenly when placed in the scanner for the photos.
Place the tube against the color chart to get your reading. In this case the water in the tube is about 7.0, which makes it safe for your fish.
Stay away from this --
Water is too acidic.
And this --
Water is too alkaline.
Look for this --
This water is acceptable for most community fish.
And now, here is my acclimation method:
Freshwater Fish Only!
1) Open the bag after floating for 5 minutes and clamp part of the open end to the side of the aquarium. Clothespins work great for this!(Bob, I haven't even seen a clothesline for 20 years. How about a chip clip for potato chip bags?)
Gradually add water from your aquarium to minimize any stress caused by sudden pH changes.
Use one of these Olympic training watches to be perzactly correct.
7) Wait 5 more minutes
That's it! Release your fish and watch for bullies!
Epilogue from LA: In Des Moines you can float your bag of new fish for five minutes to equalize the temp. Then slit the bag. This lets the waters mix gradually. Fish that want to swim out, can swim out if and when they want. You can remove the bag at your convenience. LA
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