Transportation of fish
The acquisition, transfer and transportation of aquarium fish. the topic is very simple! Many Internet resources are trying to inflate a whole treatise from this question although, in fact, all that needs to be said is about a pair of three points that need to be taken into account.
Here they are:
one. Buying aquarium fish.
– evaluate its appearance and state of health (color intensity, absence of any diseases, fin condition, nimbleness and activity);
– do not buy healthy fish, if you swim near the dead or sick, obviously sluggish fish;
– when purchasing snails (Ampularia, etc.) do not take large specimens. the larger the snail, the older it will be, which means it will not live long in your aquarium;
2 Fish transplant. Having bought fish and transplanting them into your aquarium, you should create the most comfortable conditions for them and minimize stress.
– Do not replant the fish in your tank immediately. First, lower the package with the fish in the aquarium water, a little scoop water and for 15 minutes leave the package with the fish in hanging positions in the aquarium. After that you can pour out the bag with the fish in your tank. With regard to shrimp, this rule is especially important; it is better to transfer shrimp to your tank through an IV line (google).
– It would be nice if you used anti-stress drugs (for example, Aquaceife Tetra) during fish transplantation. Such a drug can be added to the package with fish and aquarium water;
– Having transplanted the fish, try not to disturb it (turn off the backlight and do not feed the clock for the first time);
The position of Viktor Trubitsin. Master of Biology and an employee of Tetra on this issue:
Dear aquarists, to dot the point and I want to share with you professional information on fish adaptation.
So, first of all, all fish, without exception, are subject to stress during catching, transporting and disembarking in a new aquarium. But there is a very "nervous" category, in which the most famous are piranhas and pangasius. These fish can instantly die from fright (tearing of the heart), so be careful!
To “calm” the fish you can add TetraAquasafe to the water. it contains vitamins of group B and Magnesium, which have a beneficial effect on the nervous system of fish.
The main cause of stress in fish during the above-mentioned manipulations is the drop in hydrochemical parameters.
Fish are cold-blooded animals and their body temperature is equal to the temperature of the water in which they live. If we drastically change this parameter, we will also dramatically change the rate of chemical reactions in all the organs of the fish, which can cause very sad consequences. Hence, the temperature difference during transplantation should not exceed 1-2 ° С. With a sharp change of 5 degrees, many fish can immediately die.
When transplanting, it is necessary to adjust the temperature to that in the aquarium, gradually. For this, many people let a packet with a fish swim in an aquarium (make sure the package is clean). The duration of the process depends on the initial temperature difference. It is better to increase by at least 1 degree in 15 minutes.
Another important parameter is pH, amateurs rarely watch its values, but with long shipments it can play a fatal role. Fortunately, you can do without water tests. If your fish came from another region or another country, stayed in the transport tank for a long time. transfer them to your water gradually, adding it to the one in which the fish arrived, take care of aeration. This process can take up to 8 hours (for example, in the case of marine fish, sharks and stingrays). It all depends on the initial difference, because pH is just as important as temperature, and has a direct effect on the biochemical processes in the body of fish.
All other parameters affect, but not as significantly as the two described above.
Good luck to everyone in the aquarium business, take care of the fish!
We wish you a successful acquisition, transplanting and transportation of fish
We recommend to watch the video about transplanting and transporting fish