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  1. I have a 10 Gallon fish bowl that I would like to use for acclimating my fish when I get them or possibly as a fry tank. It is pretty dirty so I would need to clean it but I don't know what I should clean it with. Should I just do water or can I use soap with it? It won't be used for a couple weeks.
  2. My rice fish have spent their time indoors unheated at 68 during the winter when I got them and now its 75 indoors and going to be close to 80 today in the seattle suburbs. I want to get them in the tub pond but that water is still 53F. Is there a good way to get them acclimated? or is the temp difference too much? I could use boiling water to bring the pond up to say 60-65. Tonight will bottom out at 50 and then it'll be cloudy and 50-60 in a week, but we've got 5ish days of sun coming up.
  3. If you know a nurse, this is a great way to recycle IV drip regulators. When I was nursing I would bring a few home just because I knew I could find a use for them somewhere. They will fit on aquarium airline and work great for drip acclimation. Better than tying a knot in the line as some Youtube's suggest.. The blue plastic clip is simple and works well.
  4. I have been reading, watching multiple theories on this. I did it once, but most of the time I float my bag in the tank 45 mins, and put them in. The opinions are VERY strong with this one. I don't even know at this point what is right or wrong to do anymore. The fish I actually did acclimate died anyways so its hard to determine the underlying cause. 1) Acclimate from a LFS 2) Acclimate fish/shrimp from online purchase 3) Drip acclimation or 1/4 cup every 15 minute method? I would REALLY appreciate some experienced feed back. I am really doing my best to do the right thing. Education and knowledge is the only way I am going to get over this hump. All in the hopes of having more than 3 fish in my aquarium.
  5. Hello! I just got my super delayed fish shipment from Aquahuna. The local PO called me immediately when they received it and I drove in to pick it up, but it had been in the mail for 8 1/2 days. All but one bag of fish is alive and looking relatively good. A few very skinny dwarf chain loaches, but other than that so far things look okay. I decided to plop and drop since they'd been in transit so long and ammonia levels were at least 5 ppm (I just dipped a tetra test strip...haven't done the API test yet, and that's where the test strips max out). Here's the thing...AquaHuna's acclimation instructions CLEARLY say to dump the bag water into the tank. I haven't done that yet at this point. It's only a 10 gallon QT tank, and if I dump a gallon of 5ppm amonia water in there....ew. But their water is acidic (as low as the test strips will go at about 6.4) and mine is very alkaline (8.2). Their water is also softer with a lower kh and gh than mine. So, do I add the nasty bag water? Do I try to lower my ph to let them gradually adjust? Do I just cross my fingers?
  6. If I get a new bag of fish with 10 fish in it, but I want to put 5 in one tank and 5 in another, how do I do the acclimation process?
  7. I am considering buying my next batch of Amano shrimp and some CPDs from Aqua Huna. I saw that the acclimation process he outlines is different than what others say and do. He specializes in shipping fish and must have reasons for his process, but it does seem like it might not be ideal. My notes in brackets [like this]. Acclamation AQUAHUNA.COM Acclimation Proclamation FACT: Fish are 99% water. Water has an enormous effect (good or bad) on all fish. FACT: Fish are quite resilient. They can tolerate gradual changes, and can adapt to a variety of living... #1- Float all new arrivals in your tanks for up to 15 minutes. This helps the water in the sealed bags slowly equalize in temperature (become the same as) the surrounding aquarium water. [others say NOT to float these gas permeable bags] #2- After 15 minutes, make a cut in the bag just below the clip. Be careful not to cut off the “tail” (the portion of the bag above and including the clip), you will need that later. Open the “new Hole” you have created with your fingers and dip the bag down into the tank, thereby adding an inch or two of aquarium water in the bag. Use the tail of the bag to anchor it at the surface of the tank by closing the lid of the tank on it. [Others say this will cause toxic ammonia levels. The ammonia in the bag is high, but the pH is very low which reduces toxicity. When you add new water the pH goes up and that ammonia now becomes far more toxic.] #3- Wait 15 minutes- repeat step #2 (adding tank water to the bag) at least twice, more if time allows. By mixing “tank water” into the “bag water” you help your fish acclimate (adjust) to their new environment. [This might make the toxicity worse and exposure time higher] #4- Finally, pour the fish with the water from the bags into the tank. Make sure the water from the bag is poured directly into the tank, even if the water is discolored. The fish NEED this water in order for them to adjust to their new home. [I'm not sure how 500mL of water in a tank of any size will make that much of a difference. Not to mention how so many say not to pour the new water into the tank...especially with so much ammonia.]
  8. Do i have to acclimate shrimp? If so which method is the best? Im getting amano shrimp.
  9. We see everywhere how you have to acclimate fish to the temperature of your tank by flaoting the bag, and how they can be shocked and die with sudden changes in temperature, but my question is, how much difference is needed to shock a fish? I guess it's different from the type of fish but any general idea? 3, 4, 5 degree difference? Or are we talking 10+? I wonder this because I do not remember where I heard it, but someone said fish in the wild are always moving from one pocket of temperature to the next one, let's say they swim arround in an area of the river where direct sunlight is shining on it, temperature there might be 75F-79F, but then a fish might get scared, or it might just want to relax and he will go below some rocks, a sunken peice of driftwood, or perhaps a natural little cave, where the sun barely reaches, and the temperature is way cooler, perhaps 70F-75F? Can you imagine fish dying left and right in the wild due to temperature shock? I've made little experiments with my molly tank, and have made water changes with increasing number of difference in the water. I started with 2 degree difference, then 3, then 4... today I did a water change of 50% with water that was about 87F. It mixed with the other 50% in the tank that was at 79F, and the final temperature was about 84F. I have never seen signs of stress or have lost a fish, not even fry. Not even discolored due to stress, however I am afraid to go any further, I do not want to abuse my pets, certainly wouldn't do it in the blazing heat of the summer days in here, where tap water comes out at 100F+. So what's the deal, has anyone made such an experiment? How much of a temp. difference can a fish take?
  10. I want to get endlers soon and put them in my 5 gallon planted tank that I use for quarantining before I move them into my 20 gallon planted tank. My normal tank parameters are 7.4 pH, 3 dGH, and 3 dKH. For my best chances of success, should I raise all 3 to higher levels and slowly bring them down over a few months before putting them into my normal water in the 20 gallon? What products should I use to do this? And how high should I get them? Thanks everyone for the help!
  11. The question came up earlier about matching your tank parameters to the parameters of the fish arriving by mail. I'm curious what everyone does in that case? Do you worry about? what experiences you've had good and bad? I personally just float to temperature, then "plop and drop" discarding the water
  12. Hi all! I was recently watching Cory's videos on outdoor tub ponds and felt inspired! So I set up a little something on the balcony (perfect because my one bedroom apartment doesn't have a lot of space for tanks 🙃) Now I am at the point where I need to stock it, but I'm afraid! The temperatures seem so drastic! For example, I have my happy, established tank that sits at like 78/79*F all day and night. My outdoor temps right now are 85* high and low of 56*. I have been monitoring the temp today and it has risen from 58* this morning to 66* (which is less of a change than I expected- I thought it would get hotter.) It seems like such a temperature swing! How can I put fish in there?! Cory's video also said he was thinking of adding mystery snails- but it seems too cold! I am located in Northern California, and usually it is a bit hotter right now. Should I avoid the livebearers I was planning on and go with cloud minnows? But what if it heats up? Am I too late in the season to start? Oh my. Such uncertainty with outdoor ponds! Lol Advice appreciated, especially if you've had any experience with outdoor ponds. Pond is a 20gal tub with sponge filter and airstone, hornwort, a dying something or other plant, and rotala.
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