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Thread: Acclimation

  1. Default Acclimation

    0 Not allowed!
    I'm going to be getting fish for my cycled 46 gallon tank tonight :-D

    My question is: do I set up multiple containers and drip acclimate them in whatever groups the lfs bags them in? Or can I put all if them in one big container and drip acclimate them together? (I'm assuming the first option would be better...)
    46 gallon bowfront: 1 angelfish, 1 GBR, 1 albino longfin BNP, 3 sunset mickey mouse platies, 3 blue mickey mouse platies, 9 cherry barbs, 9 harlequin rasboras

    29 gallon dwarf puffer tank

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    The lfs has all their fish in the same water so it is fine to acclimate them together.
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    Since I purchase my fish fairly locally, I don't drip acclimate - I add a little (like 1/4 cup) tank water into the bag, wait about a minute or 2, add more - repeat until the bag is pretty full, drain some water out into a sink, then add a little tank water 2-3 more times - drain until just a few inches of water left in the bag, then net the fish and put into the tank.

    If I have more than 1 bag, I acclimate 1 bag one at a time and float the other(s) in my main tank.

    If you choose to drip acclimate, then do as Honey Bear stated.

  4. #4


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    Unless your water is considerably different from your LFS, use drip, if not, use the method suggested by imma. Although ,if temp is really different, just float the bag for a bit before you open the bag and put tank water in.
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    I agree with others. I use the floating bag/cup of water added slowly method, but either method achieves the result assuming you have no major parameter differences.

    Just in case it isn't obvious, net the fish out of the bag/container when you are ready to move them to the tank. The bag water should never be allowed to get into the aquarium.

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    0 Not allowed!
    I float the different bags in the tank until the temperature is the same and net out the fish to add to the tank after 20 minutes. I do that because I have checked the water parameters from my local lfs and I found my pH was identical which makes sense because we are on the same water supply.
    Now my reef inhabitants get the drip method because the lfs water parameters are different then mine in regards to pH. phos, nitrate, carbonate hardness and calcium.
    It never hurts to check the lfs bag water to see if it's close to yours. With freshwater fish I would really check the pH and if it's the same, you're golden. Just acclimate for temperature.
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    On this issue of mixing waters, most of us recognize the importance of temperature, and then perhaps pH, and maybe some would think of GH too. But the most important here is TDS, total dissolved solids. I researched this a while back for an article, so I will just copy over the relevant paragraph. Mixing the waters may be advisable in all cases.

    When acclimating new fish, or moving fish from one aquarium to another, TDS [which includes GH] is probably even more important than pH. What is often termed “pH shock” is now being seen more as “TDS shock.” Fish have been shown to withstand fairly significant pH shifts when the TDS was low in both waters (Jensen, 2009), something I can attest too from my own experience. It is the TDS, not the pH, that shocks them. The effects of shock can be offset by slowing mixing the waters. And this can be important between your own tanks too, as TDS is unique to each aquarium.
    Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
    Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]

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