How to Properly Introduce Fish into the Aquarium
Introducing new fish to the aquarium may seem as simple as putting them in the water. However, if you want your new fish to feel comfortable and coexist properly with the rest of the aquatic animals in the aquarium, you will need to take into account several factors.
In this article, we will tell you how to properly introduce fish into your aquarium. Thus, you make sure that your change of home is the best possible.
Condition the habitat before introducing them
Before introducing new fish in your aquarium it is necessary that the water is well filtered. To do this, you can let the filter run for several days before introducing the fish.
The temperature of the aquarium must also be correct before you introduce the fish. For this reason, you must find out what the appropriate temperature is for the varieties that you are going to introduce.
You don’t have to be an expert in chemistry, but there are some chemical factors you should be aware of when introducing new fish to your aquarium.
• Acidity / Basicity (pH)
• Chlorine and chloramines
• Water hardness
• Ammonia, nitrate and nitrite
Whatever variety of fish you are introducing into an aquarium, make sure they all fall within the same range of chemical needs.
Introduce fish the right way
As much as possible, you should keep your fish from becoming stressed. Therefore, the best way for them to enter the aquarium is as follows:
- Introduce the bag of fish into the aquarium, so that the fish is still inside the bag and preventing the water from the bag from passing into the aquarium.
- The temperature of the water in the bag will change slightly. In this way, little by little, they will get used to the new temperature. Let 20 minutes pass.
- Pour aquarium water into the bag. About a third. Thus, they will get used to the chemistry of the aquarium. Wait 10 minutes.
- Pour more aquarium water into the bag and wait another 10 minutes.
In this simple way, you can properly introduce your new fish into an aquarium.