Adding New Fish
There are certain steps to follow when introducing new fish into the aquarium (the proper term is “landing fish”). Following these instructions will prevent stress and properly acclimatise your new additions to the conditions.
1. Float the bag in the aquarium for 5 minutes.
2. Open the bag and add 1/2 cup of your aquarium water into the bag.
3. Close the lid over the bag opening to prevent the bag from falling into the water.
4. Float for an additional 5 minutes.
5. Add another 1/2 cup of your aquarium water into the bag.
6. Float for an additional 5 minutes. (with the lid closed over the bag opening.)
7. Using your water change bucket, dump the bag and contents into the bucket, catch the fish with a net and release into the aquarium.
A few handy tips you should know:
A general rule of thumb is to have 1 inch of fish per gallon. A few exceptions apply: Thin bodied fish have less mass then a thick or wide bodied fish so 1 inch of this thinner mass is not equivalent to a wider species. Should you have excellent filtration in place (think canister filter) and perform bi-monthly water changes, it will be safe to keep a higher quantity.
If adding semi-aggressive species like barbs, move around the ornaments in the aquarium. This will help everyone claim new territories while reducing the urge to defend what’s already theirs.
Never mix pet store water into your home aquarium, you could easily add contaminants, unwanted bacterial spores and alter your water chemistry.