Imagine that your family/friends are taken unexpectedly by a stranger from your house. Then assume that you are brought to a mysterious place, and you are gone without time to begin your new lives. For somebody, this would be more than a tiny bit stressful and for a fish.
Transferring fish from home to home is a traumatic process. Poorly transferred fish will have or will die from health complications. Understanding what is and how to do this correctly reduces this risk.
This article will discuss everything you may need to know how often you should introduce your new fish to the tank.
Set up your aquarium first before adding new fish into the tank
Before introducing fish to a new aquarium tank, you should take a few precautions. Fish require a proper PH level, good water quality, hygrines, and various other necessary facts in their water. As a result, you must first prepare the tank before placing them in it.
1. Wash your tank, gravel, rocks or other ornaments
Before you put any fish in your tank, you’ll need to clean it and all of its contents, such as gravel, rocks, or ornaments. Do not wash with soap or detergent. Lukewarm water will suffice. This will help to remove dirt, bacteria, and toxins from these items.
2. Fill the tank one-third full with room temperature water.
You can fill the tank after you’ve placed the gravel, rocks, and other decorations in the tank. To complete this task, you must use a clean bucket. Fill the tank one-third with plenty of room temperature water and add a water conditioner to remove the chlorine. You must keep in mind that chlorine in the tank water is a lethal combination for your fish, and it can easily result in a variety of health problems.
3. Set the air pump for sufficient oxygen
You must ensure that the aquarium’s environment is sufficiently oxygenated. To hold the air tube, connect the airline tubing from the air pump to air outlets and a small valve located outside the tank. If the tank’s power is turned off, the valve also stops, preventing water from backing up in the tank.
4. Add live or artificial plant
Plants, both live and artificial, play an essential role in your aquarium. Live plants help to circulate oxygen in the tank water, but you can also use plastic plants to give your fish somewhere to hide.
However, if you decide to use a live plant, you must first add 2 inches of soil before adding gravel, rocks, or other decorative items. You should make sure that the plant roots are on the gravel’s surface, as this will ensure that the roots have reached the tank’s bottom.
5. Give your tank to establish themselves
Several types of bacteria aid in waste processing in an aquarium; they convert toxic ammonia from fish waste into nitrates that your plants can use as food. However, this process takes time to complete, and getting the bacteria up and running in your tank takes time.
If you plant a tree and include fish on the first day, you may lose both plants and fish within a few hours. As a result, we recommend that you give your tank to establish the nitrogen cycle process after planting a tree.
How To Add New Fish To Aquarium
It is essential not only for new fish’s health to introduce new fish into your aquarium correctly. Before transferring the fish to their new home, carefully follow these basic steps to acclimate the fish.
1. Let float the sealed bag on the aquarium water surface
Allow the unopened plastic bag containing the fish to float for 10-15 minutes on the aquarium’s surface. This process helps to equalise the water temperature of the bag to the aquarium temperature. Remember to do this after you’ve completed a task.
2. Switch the light off and be sure the presents of plants and rocks
Switch the lights off in the aquarium to reduce new fish stress. This creates an environment for fishless stressful. On the other hand, make sure that your tank has lots of hiding place with the presents of plants and rocks, and the fish will get less stressed when they get used to their new home.
3. Add water into the sealed bag
Open the bag and fill it with a cup of aquarium water. Remember you need to fill 50% of the water and leave 50% of pet store water. Re-seal the bag and float it for another ten minutes; repeat the process until the bag is full.
4. Net them to release and feed a small amount of food
Release them after 15-20 minutes by netting them in the bag and gently placing them into the aquarium’s water. It’s also good to put some food in the aquarium to distract the current fish from the new fish.
How to Introduce New Fish to My Aquarium FAQs:
This section has gathered some essential questions and answers that are very important to understand the discussion above. Go through it; we hope it might be of great help.
- How long should I leave my fish tank before adding new fish?
Make sure the water in your power filter is flowing correctly. Heat the room to the desired temperature. The temperature will stabilise after 24 hours, and you may need to adjust your setting. Before adding fish, wait 24 hours to ensure that all equipment is in working order.
- How long can fish stay in a plastic bag?
Fish can easily survive in a bag for 7 to 9 hours comfortably, and possibly up to two days, depending on various factors.
- How can I know my aquarium is ready for new fish?
Purchasing an excellent all-around tester kit is the simplest way to check the water in your fish tank. Ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, and pH are the most important things to watch for. An excellent mechanical, chemical and biological filter will keep these compounds in check.
- What happens if you don’t acclimate fish?
Introducing fish to a new tank without first acclimating can cause shock, stress, and health problems, as well as death.
- Is cloudiness is good or bad for a fish tank?
The cloudiness caused by bacteria’s initial growth is harmless to the tank’s inhabitants and will clear on its own. Consult your Aquarium Adventure Fish Specialist if your water does not clear after ten days.
- How often should I feed my fish?
Fish should be fed two to three times per day. Only a few flakes per fish are required. In two minutes or less, the fish should have consumed all of the food. Overfeeding can cause your water to become cloudy and harm your fish.
Adding a new fish to an unknown place is stressful for them. Since they are accustomed to being in the water kept in the store and put them suddenly in the water of the new aquarium, the sudden distribution puts a lot of pressure on them.
So you have to follow some procedure that new fish can adapt to new aquariums. In this guide, we have put some tips that you need to do slowly for a good result. Don’t if you follow our advice, you can figure out your new fish. Good Luck.
Aquatic expert Tom Sarac explores one of the most overlooked and important aspects of fishkeeping; acclimating new fish to your tank. Without following these simple and time-tested steps, you are potentially placing your new (and existing) fish in harm’s way.