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Old 04-12-2006, 11:20 PM   #1
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Default how long to float fish?

when introducing new fish to your tank, how long do you want to leave them bagged in order to acclimate them properly to the water temp and keep them from stressing too much?

The trip from the lfs to my house is about 10 minutes.
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15 or 20 minutes is more than enough time,
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Old 04-13-2006, 06:36 AM   #3
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IMO floating the bag is a bad idea. Open the bag immediately, place the fish along with the water into an open container ( jar, bucket, etc. ) and then slowly change water.
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WHere I live many stores will use marker and write on the bag the price or quantity of fish in it. Even though I think they use perminant marker It scares me to want to float the bag. Like ron said Move them to another container and every few minutes add a touch of tank water and pull a touch of container water out and down the drain. This will get the fish use to the tank water and at the same time not allow water from the store tank into your tank or contaminants from the bag into your tank. For the final move net the fish and move them into the tank leaving all the water in the container to pour down the drain.
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Old 04-14-2006, 03:53 AM   #5
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Above or float the bag and pour water from your tank after 10min and then after another 10min release the fish.
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Old 04-14-2006, 05:52 AM   #6
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Don't float the bag.
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Old 04-14-2006, 06:02 AM   #7
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I never float my bag either. When Im fish shopping, I always have a cooler in the back set floorboard with tank water in it and I release the fish along with the water from the bag into the cooler for the ride home. Depending on where the fish came from, its anywhere from a 30 minute ride to an hour. I put them in the tank when I get home.
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Interesting approach Peach. Sounds good. I don't see a problem with it.
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well I am another one NOT to float the bag.
I have a 3 gallon bucket i dump the fish into along with the store water. I take airline tubing and start a syphon from the tank the fish will go into( quarantine tank ). Let the water start flowing in to the 3 gallon bucket. Once its started take and tie a simple 1/2 knot ( loop it over and under ) and tighten so the water stream is reduced to a couple drips every couple seconds. I also like adding a nice dose of stress coat or water conditioner at this point.
I usually do this for 30 minutes or so. Then i net the fish out of the bucket and Place them in one of my Quarantine tanks where they will spend the next 3-4 weeks in observation.

Take the water in the 3 gallon bucket and toss it out...
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Whats so wrong with floating the bag!? You make it all so complicated for yourselves, your fish are only get more stressed because they are being moved around so much.
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Originally Posted by Carl
Whats so wrong with floating the bag!? You make it all so complicated for yourselves, your fish are only get more stressed because they are being moved around so much.
IMO, anything on the bag will go straight into the tank from the bag so for this reason alone I do not float the bag. When I get home I open the bag and start to add water from the tank every five mins.for 30 mins, In between that I use Stress Coat on the fish. I check the PH range from the bag water to make sure that it is close to what I have in the tank then make sure the temp. is about the same. At that point I net the fish, introduce them to the tank and turn off the lights till morning.

I do like the cooler idea
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Originally Posted by Carl
Whats so wrong with floating the bag!? You make it all so complicated for yourselves, your fish are only get more stressed because they are being moved around so much.
no, actually, what can stress them is throwing them into the tank after only floating the bag. They are only acclimated to the tank temp this way, not the water it self.
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Whats so wrong with floating the bag!?
Dirty bag... dirty bag.
Pet shops usually have one table where all bagging takes place. Water, along with every disease and parasite from every aquarium that is in the shop is contaminating that table. How often do you think that table gets disinfected???? This is not to even mention the hands of the employees that bag your fish. Where have they been???

Something else.... the longer a fish in in the bag, the more problems can occur. Chemical problems like ammonia buildup, PH changes.

Bottom line... Get the fish out of the bag ASAP and don't float it.
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Originally Posted by ron v
Interesting approach Peach. Sounds good. I don't see a problem with it.
yeah, that way the fish is already acclimated when I get home and in he goes!
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just for the record, i agree with the drip method also, i was just simply answering the guys questions. i believe there was a huge discusion on this forum about the chemical changes of water after a bag floats then is opened, i cant seem to find the thread, but someone should like it for carl, whether he chooses to float or drip or whatever, its very interesting to read.
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