For the well being and prevention of shock to your new aquarium fish, proper acclimation into your existing aquarium is essential for your new livestock.
The water that your new fish is packaged in will have a different temperature and water parameters from your existing tank. You want to slowly adjust your fish to your current water conditions to ensure a smooth transition.
Here we will explain some rules of acclimation as well as 2 methods you can use to safely transfer your new addition.
1. Be Patient - We know getting a new addition to you tank is a very exciting time, but you cannot rush the process and risk the health of your new fish. Following the full instructions on acclimation will provide a healthier fish. The whole process will not take more than an hour.
2. Keep You Lights Off- During the whole acclimation process, your aquarium lights need to be turned off and your room lights need to be dimmed. Following the acclimation process, your lights need to remain that way for at least 4 hours after. Newly introduced fish will be more at ease in lower light settings. Giving them this period of low light allows them time to get comfortable with their new home
3. No Air Stones in Shipping Bag - Many people get nervous that through the acclimation period, oxygen content in the water may run out and decide to play an airstone in the shipping bag. This may be a lethal idea for you fish as the airstone will increase the level of pH and expose your livestock to high levels of ammonia.
4. Net Aquatic life from bag - Always net your new aquatic life from shipping bag to be released in your aquarium. If pour the your fish and entire contents of your shipping bag, all the excess waste and harmful elements will be now dispersed into your aquarium.
5. Discard Water From Shipping Bag - The water in the bag that your fish is in when you purchase it will have different parameters than your current tank. The water may be contaminated and also contain high traces of unwanted elements that you do not want in your tank. When adding new fish to you aquarium, never pour that water into your tank.
1. Turn Off Aquarium Lights & Dim Room Lights - Your fish that you are acclimating is probably already under some stress from the entire bagging and transportation process. You will want to provide an environment that will put them at ease with lower light conditions. Bright lights and direct lighting may cause more stress and trauma to your new fish. You will also want to keep you aquarium lights off for at least 4 hours after the acclimation process.
2. Float Your Sealed Bag - Your sealed bag containing your new livestock will now need to be floated into your current aquarium to slowly adjust the water temperature in the bag to the water in your tank. You will want to leave the bag floating for 15-20 minutes before moving to next step.
3. Open The Bag And Make It Float - Once your bagged has been floating for 15-20 minutes, you can now undo the rubber band or simply cut right underneath the metal clip to open the bag. You're gonna want the bag to still float in your tank while you add water, so simply grab the top of the opening of the bag. Roll down the edge on the outside of the bag creating an air pocket that will allow the bag to float.
4. Slowly Pour Aquarium Water Into Bag - Once you get you bag to float nicely in your tank with the top open, you will want to pour in 1/2 a cup of your aquarium water into the bag to slowly adjust your new livestock to you current water parameters.
5. Repeat Step 4 - You will repeat step 4 every 5 minutes until the shipping bag is full of water.
6. Pour Out Some Water & Repeat - Once your bag is full of water, you will need to lift the bag out of your aquarium and discard half of the water. Then re-float the bag and repeat step 4 till bag is full of water again
7. Net Aquatic Life - So about an hour has gone by and now it is time to release your new fish into your aquarium. DO NOT pour the entire contents of the bag into your water. You will want to net out your fish from the shipping bag and slowly release your in into your aquarium.
8. Discard The Bag Water - After your fish is now transferred into you aquarium. You will want to discard all the water in the shipping bag instead of pouring in into your aquarium. Water from this bag may have impurities and elements that may be harmful to your established aquarium.
1. Follow Steps 1-2 Of Floating Acclimation Process - Begin with steps 1 and 2 of the floating method to get water temperature in bag similiar to temperature of you tank.
2. Empty Contents Of Bag Into Bucket - Once the bag has floated for 15-20 minutes, you will carefully empty the entire bag (livestock & water) into a fish safe bucket or large container. Depending on the amount of water that is in the bag or size of bucket, you may have to prop the bucket at an angle to make sure your fish is fully submerged.
3. Prepare Your Livestock And Bucket - Once the bag has floated for 15-20 minutes, you will carefully empty the entire bag (livestock & water) into a fish safe bucket or large container. Depending on the amount of water that is in the bag or size of bucket, you may have to prop the bucket at an angle to make sure your fish is fully submerged.
4. Start The Slow Drip Process With Airline Tubing - Next you will need some regular airline tubing to slowly siphon the water from you aquarium into your bucket. Start by tying the airline tubing into a couple lose knots so you can regulate the speed of the water siphon. If you have an airline control valve, this is a simpler way to regulate the water. Just make sure the control valve is plastic as metal valves can leach metallic elements into the water. Start the siphon by sucking on the end of the airline tubing you be placing in the bucket. Adjust the rate of the drip by either tightening the knots you made or adjusting the control valve. You want the drip rate to be around 2-3 drips per second.
5. Repeat The Process - When you start the drip process, make note of the initial water level in the bucket. Once this level doubles in volume, you will want to discard half of the water and then let the drip process continue again till it doubles once more (about an 1 hr total time)
6. Net Aquatic Life - Once you have allowed the bucket to double in volume twice (about a 1 hr) it is time to transfer your new fish to your aquarium. Use a net to scoop out the fish from the bucket and slowly transfer into your aquarium. Do not pour water from the bucket into your aquarium!
7. Discard The Water - After your fish is now transferred into you aquarium. You will want to discard all the water in the bucket instead of pouring in into your aquarium. Water from this bucket may have impurities and elements that may be harmful to your established aquarium.