ACCLIMATION & QUARANTINE
Proper acclimation and quarantine are the key to happy and healthy Discus below are a list of steps to use to help get your new fish adjusted to their new tank. We cannot force you to follow these steps but we highly recommend them.
- When you open the box remember your fish have been in the dark for about twelve hours and need time to adjust to the daylight.
- As soon as you open the bag, Ammonia will radically spike as would be expected.
- First you will need to transfer your fish as soon as possible, we recommend filling a five-gallon bucket about ½ – ¾ full of tank water then emptying your fish into a net being held over a waste water bucket and getting rid of the yucky water.
- Net your fish into the fresh aquarium water you just got out of your tank. Keep going until you have all of them un-bagged.
- Now you are ready to simply pour the fish into their new home.
- Keep lights off for 24-48 hours.
- The ideal quarantine tank is a 10-30 gallon bare bottom tank with lightly colored sides, sponge filter and heater. Be sure to use different equipment separate from your main tank.
- Keep your lights out for the first 24-48 hours and wait at least 12 hours to try and feed
- Water changes are essential to the quarantine process daily or every other day,
- Continue water changes and monitor your fish for 3-5 weeks, at this point you will want to select a fish from your current tank and move it into your quarantine tank, closely monitor the fish for 1-2 weeks.
- If all is well after two weeks of being mixed your fish are ready to be introduced to your main tank!