Brightly colored tropical freshwater fish

One Critical Step when Adding Tropical Fish to Your Freshwater Tank!

Do you love watching the bright colors of freshwater tropical fish? If so, you may be thinking about starting a freshwater aquarium full of your favorite tropical species! Or, perhaps you've had a saltwater tank for many years, and have decided it is time for a new challenge. Maybe you would just like to add a few more tropical beauties to your existing tank. No matter if you're just starting out, or simply adding more fish to an already established aquarium, a few easy steps are critical to follow. When adding new tropical fish to your tank, it is important to acclimate your fish first or problems may occur. To avoid these sorts of issues, let's look at how to accomplish this process in more detail below.

Freshwater Tropical Fish

Tropical fish are wonderful additions to any aquarium, but they are also quite fragile. It is important to properly acclimate them to their new environment. If you don't take the right steps which allow them to adjust, you may find that they fail to thrive or even die. The good news is, the acclimation process isn't overly complicated. How can you go about it? First, you need to ignore improper advice from well-meaning staff at the store! You may have been told when you purchased your fish, all you need to do is float their bag in the tank for about fifteen minutes. After that, simply untie the bag and release them into the aquarium. This advice is dangerously wrong, and can end up giving you negative results! All it will do is bring the different temperatures of the water in the bag and tank closer together. Much more than that is needed for tropical fish to do well.

Acclimate Your Fish Before Adding Them To Your Tank

What is the right way to acclimate your new fish? The key to remember is not only does the temperature of the water need to be similar, but its chemistry as well. To ensure the best possible results, ask the store clerk to test their water. This should include the nitrate and nitrite, ammonia and pH levels. This is invaluable information, as when you get home you can test your aquarium's water as well. The greater the difference in the values between the two sources of water, the longer you will have to acclimate your new tropical fish. You have can choose between three different methods, just pick out which one seems easiest to you. .

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Ive floated in shallow freshwater streams

by jwt

And had lots of tiny fish swim up and start nibbling, methinks it was grabbing the tiny airbubbles off of my skin hair.
could be they were eating all those lice, ya neva know! ha!
in the amazon basin ive had lots of larger fish come up and bite! ddamn!!wtf was that??? id see flashes of flesh colored silver scales, water way too muddy to know what type of fish.
oh and piranhas are in all waters down in SA amazon basin, they just dont get in a feeding frenzy and attack anything that moves.
Unless its in the dry season,in a drying up pond with no flow so they are starving and then they go after anything

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