When purchasing fish there are many factors to consider; like whether a certain species of fish will do well with another species of fish. You need to ensure that the fish you buy will survive at the same temperature as all your other fish. If your temperature is too high or too low you will shorten the lifespan of your fish.
Once you have all this figured out and are about to introduce your new fish into your tank you will need to acclimatise them. This means that you need to get your new fish used to a new environment. You are usually told to float the bag over the water in your tank for about an hour to get the new fish ready for the new temperature environment. As true as this may be, what about all of your fishes other requirements? pH, Hardness, and other general water level factors.
This is what ‘fish@home’ recommends:
- Open the bag – this allows for airflow. An hour in a small environment is a big deal for a fish.
- Use a peg to attach the bag to the top of the glass. This is so that the bag does not float away and end up dropping the fish into the tank.
- After half an hour take a jug and scoop up more or less the same amount of water in the bag from your tank and gently pour this into the bag ensuring that the bag stays steady.
- After another half an hour you are ready to add your fish into your fish tank.
- you will need to use your net and scoop out one fish at a time. Do not under any circumstances use the water from the pet shop as they receive stock constantly and this will run the risk of introducing disease’s into the tank.
Following this route should ensure that your fish don’t die after a few days. Also, don’t forget your water changes.
There. You’re done!