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Moving Fish Into Your Tank The Right Way

Moving fish from one home to another is a stressful experience. A badly transported fish will have health problems or even die. Understanding what acclimation is and how to do it properly will minimise this risk.

Moving Fish Into Your Tank The Right Way

What is acclimation?

Acclimation is the process of introducing fish into a new environment with minimal disturbance or sudden change from their existing environment. The most common situation where correct acclimation is required is when purchasing and transporting fish from an aquarium retailer and introducing the fish to your aquarium. In the case of purchasing new fish, the initial acclimation is carried out as soon as you arrive home with the fish, and is normally completed within half an hour, although the fish themselves may take a few weeks to fully adjust to a new aquarium.

 

Why do fish need to be acclimatised?

Water has many properties such as hardness (amount of dissolved minerals), pH (acidity or alkalinity), salinity (salt content), and temperature which fish will become used to in the particular body of water they live in. Because a fishes body functions are directly linked to the water around them, a sudden change in any of these water conditions will result in physiological stress to the fish. In cases of strong differences of conditions, this can result in a weakening of the immune system causing disease and even death.

 

What is acclimation?

Acclimation is the process of introducing fish into a new environment with minimal disturbance or sudden change from their existing environment. The most common situation where correct acclimation is required is when purchasing and transporting fish from an aquarium retailer and introducing the fish to your aquarium. In the case of purchasing new fish, the initial acclimation is carried out as soon as you arrive home with the fish, and is normally completed within half an hour, although the fish themselves may take a few weeks to fully adjust to a new aquarium.

Fish Acclimation

Why do fish need to be acclimatised?

Water has many properties such as hardness (amount of dissolved minerals), pH (acidity or alkalinity), salinity (salt content), and temperature which fish will become used to in the particular body of water they live in. Because a fishes body functions are directly linked to the water around them, a sudden change in any of these water conditions will result in physiological stress to the fish. In cases of strong differences of conditions, this can result in a weakening of the immune system causing disease and even death.

 

Top 10 Tips To Remeber!

1) Turn the tank lights off when acclimating fish, and for several hours afterwards
2) Check and count your new fish every day for a week after introduction, in case of losses
3) Tell your retailer if you are travelling for more than 20 minutes before they catch your fish
4) Make a note of the names of all the fish you buy, this will allow you to check if any future purchases are compatible
5) Do not purchase fish for a few weeks if you have had health problems in your tank or have used treatments
6) Try to minimise stress to new fish by avoiding noises, sudden changes in room lights, or attentions of children
7) If you have to travel a long distance from your retailer, obtain a polystyrene box or insulated container to transport fish
8) Never introduce too many fish at one time; aquariums less than three months old should have no more than six new fish a week
9) Large fish, and catfish over a few inches long, should always be bagged individually to avoid damaging each other
10) Avoid purchasing fish during heat waves, or if your aquarium has heat fluctuations

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