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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The Floating Method

When buying new fish, you must introduce them to their new living environment slowly.
The best way to introduce them with minimal fish loss is to do the floating method. The floating method is a step by step process that can take about 45 minutes to complete but your fish will thank you.
Here's how the floating acclimation process works:
Step 1: Before going any further, leave the lights off on the aquarium. The lights can stress out the new fish while they are acclimatiing to the new water. You may also want to turn off any lights that are on in your room.
Let the bag float in the aquarium for 15 minutes so that the water in the bag can acclimate to the temperature in the aquarium
Step 2: After 15 minutes has passed, remove the rubber band from the bag and roll the bag top down. By rolling it down you will create a small air bubble for it to float.
*If it doesn't float easily you can always try to use a clip to hold it to the side of the aquarium.
Step 3: Add a 1/2 cup of aquarium water into the bag. Repeat this step every five minutes until the bag is full.
Step 4: Once the bag is full, discard half the water from the bag. Add another 1/2 cup of aquarium water and repeat this every five minutes until the bag is full again.
Step 5: Now that the bag is full and the fish has been acclimated, net the fish out of the bag and place him/her in the tank.
Step 6: Take the bag out of the aquarium and discard the water and the bag.
I also recommend keeping the lights off for a little while after adding the fish into the aquarium. The fish will have a chance to explore the surroundings and find where he/she feels comfortable.
Another thing to keep in mind is to keep an eye on the fish for at least an hour. Make sure that all the fish are getting along and that there aren't any signs of struggle.
If any of the fish seem to be fighting, separate them for a while during the acclimation process.