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How to transport purchased fish home and do no harm

Hello colleagues. I am glad to welcome you on my online diary and today I want to discuss a topic such as fish transportation. I give 100,500% that everyone bought their fish or gave friends.

So, you also needed to transport them to a new habitat. Some novice aquarists when transporting the fish last set such a heat (in the sense of stress) that does not seem like it.

Therefore, I think about this cost to talk in more detail. I hope you read my last post about the turbidity of the water in the aquarium?

If not, be sure to read, it will be extremely useful for beginners. Well, we still come back to transporting fish home.

To transport aquarium fish is not as easy as it seems at first glance. When transporting you need to take into account several important factors, thanks to which you will deliver safely the new inhabitants of the underwater garden to your home. When you transport newly purchased fish, they are under severe stress.

Therefore, if you do not want the stress for the fish to be fatal, follow the advice that I will give you now.

From the observations it became clear that the young individuals, which are still up to the maximum size as the crustaceans before Kiev, endure the move best. If you need to transport fish over a long distance, it is advisable not to feed them a day before moving. Thanks to this, they will more calmly and easily transfer the move, and the aquarium water will not spoil with fish feces 🙂 Fear has large eyes, isn’t it?)

Experienced aquarists transport fish in several ways. Actually here they are: in glass jars and plastic bags.

Glass aquarium fish are transported by novice aquarists to a greater extent, but there are also more experienced ones among them. It is quite convenient to transport small fish in banks, but at the same time you need to be extremely careful, as there is the slightest mistake and you can jab a jar somewhere and a scribe will come.

If it is cold outside, then the floor of a one-liter jar can be blown into one of the inner pockets of your jacket. If the container has a little bag for more, then a handbag, a suitcase or some drawer is perfect for this.

Only a warm heating pad is placed in it beforehand, and the jar itself is wrapped in a fabric, best of all in a woolen one.

If the temperature is not very low, then the fish in the bank can be transported in a bag, where the bank is pre-wrapped in a thick towel. If you do as I said, then in the next 20 minutes the water temperature in the bank will practically not change.

If you like this method of transportation, then water should be poured no more than 2/3 of the total volume. Usually transportation of fish in banks take about 40 minutes maximum.

If the distance to your home is more than decent, then you will need to transport the fish in plastic bags.

Very often, when buying fish in stores or markets, fish are planted in plastic bags with water. For food this package will be very useful, but not for fish. Plastic bags are not practical, as they can easily tear or leak.

It is not uncommon for the fish to become clogged in the corner of the package for fear, the aquarist did not notice it in time, and the corner crushed it with something. We got a dead fish.

And so for the transportation of fish special packages were invented. If you are lucky enough to meet or buy such a package, then with it you can not worry about your pets – you take in integrity and security.

These bags are made of dense polyethylene, and the edges in it are neatly rounded. Before planting fish in it, water in a volume of ¼-1/5 of the total is poured into the bag. The upper edges of the bag are compressed and inflated with a compressor.

Then, as all these simple operations are completed, the upper edges are wrapped in gum.

So, the fish safely delivered, now run them in a common aquarium? No, for the start of the fish you need to put in quarantine for a couple of weeks. As we have already found out – during transportation, the fish experienced severe stress.

In order not to complicate this process, a package with purchased fish is immersed for 30 minutes in the aquarium. This is done so that the temperature of the water in the package gradually becomes the temperature of the aquarium water.

After 30 minutes, begin to open the bag every 5 minutes and add to it a small dose of water from the quarantine. This is done with the aim of painless adaptation of fish to the gas and chemical composition of aquarium water, where they will soon live.

Only after all these procedures, you can launch new fish into quarantine, and if the fish haven’t become ill with anything in two weeks, you can safely launch them into a common jar.

Next time I will write about how to produce quarantine for fish, you most importantly sign up for updates in order not to miss this post. Well, today I say goodbye to you, until we meet again, friends.

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